Realizing that H.265 licensing is expensive, software patents make things a mess, and all the other negatives about proprietary video codecs, a number of large organizations today announced an Alliance For Open Media.
For users of Kodi 15 "Isengard", it's now time to upgrade to the 15.1 maintenance release.
With Cisco not liking the patent situation around H.265 nor Google's VP9 video codec, they are spinning their own royalty-free video codec.
The release candidate for Kodi 15.1 "Isengard" is now available.
While the Daala video coding format backed primarily by Xiph.Org and Mozilla isn't ready for mainstream use yet, looking at its Git repository does at least reveal some environmental data to discuss.
Michael Niedermayer, the leader of the FFmpeg project for the past eleven years, has made a surprise announcement today: he's resigning as its leader.
Kodi 15 was released today as the second major version since its renaming from XBMC.
Version 0.6 of the GStreamer VA-API plug-ins is now available. These GStreamer plug-ins expose video encode/decode for GStreamer that's backed by VA-API on supported graphics hardware/drivers.
The second release candidate to Kodi 15.0 "Isengard" is now available. Since Kodi 14.2 there have now been about 1,080 code changes so far towards this next major release.
A Kodi developer has started working on integrating Google's Chrome Embedded Framework (CEF) browser layout/rendering engine into Kodi. If successful in embedding this Chromium code into the Kodi HTPC software, new doors could be opened up and it would open up a lot of new possibilities.
The first release candidate for Kodi 15 has arrived.
Building off this weekend's release of Kodi 15.0 Beta 2, the OpenELEC multimedia-focused Linux distribution is out with their second beta of the upcoming OpenELEC 6.0 release.
More than one month after the Kodi 15.0 Beta 1 release, the second beta is out for Kodi 15.0 "Isengard" as the successor to XBMC. Kodi 15.0 Beta 2 brings with it new features.
Version 2.7 of the FFmpeg open-source multimedia project was tagged today.
With Kodi 15 coming along, the OpenELEC team has released their first beta of the next version of their multimedia focused Linux distribution.
The first beta of "Isengard", a.k.a. Kodi 15.0, is now available for testing.
With Kodi 14.2 now having been released, Kodi 15 Alpha 2 is now available for those wishing to live on the bleeding-edge Kodi/XBMC multimedia experience.
Queued up in Git for the next version of PulseAudio, v7.0, is the enabling of LFE remixing by default after some upstream work was done by Canonical developers working on Ubuntu.
Version 2.1 of the Audacity open-source audio editor/recorder has been released.
Kodi 14.2 was released today as the last planned point release in the 14.x series. Next stop is the Kodi 15 "Isengard" release!
Since last year the NVIDIA Linux binary graphics driver has exposed the NVENC API for GPU-based video encode support. FFmpeg has supported NVENC for offloading the encode job to newer NVIDIA graphics processors and now they've extended that code to support H.265 encoding on the GPU.
For users of the Kodi/XBMC software, the 14.2 Release Candidate is now available for testing.
FFmpeg 2.6 is available this weekend and the new release brings a large number of new features.
The first major feature release over Kodi 14, the media player / open-source HTPC software previously known as XBMC, is in development and its first development release is now available.
VLC 2.2 (codenamed "Weathermax") was released today as the latest version of the popular, multi-platform, open-source media player.
The first beta of version 14.2 "Helix" of the software formerly known as XBMC is now available.
For those not closely following the development of the VLC open-source, cross-platform media player, the VLC 2.2.0 release is coming soon while further out is VLC 3.0 and it will be even more magical.
Version 14.1 of Kodi -- the open-source multimedia software formerly known as XBMC -- has been released as primarily a bug-fix to the "Helix" series.
Jan Schmidt spoke last week at Linux.Conf.Au 2015 about the State of the GStreamer project and some of their interesting accomplishments recently along with some of they work they have moving forward.
The FFmpeg-forked Libav project has added an OpenH264 encoder wrapper to their libavcodec as an alternative to x264.
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