While legal threats to free software projects would be disastrous (if successful) to those seeking to destroy Linux and open-source work, there's sure been lots of in-fighting as of late that's proving to be quite damaging for many distinguished projects. OpenOffice.org to LibreOffice or KOffice to Caligra Office Suite may be "good forks", but last month some core developers forked FFmpeg to libav to abandon other developers/ There's also been the MPLayer2 fork of MPlayer. But now also on the multi-media front is some ill-detailed threats that is leading to the loss of one of the main MPlayer developers and all services that he provides to the project, including their central server.
Earlier this month MPlayer2 had its second release candidate, but it hasn't been talked about on Phoronix or much at all on the Internet. This isn't version 2.0 of MPlayer, which itself isn't even at version 1.0 yet, but rather a fork of MPlayer.
Last week following a dispute among several core FFmpeg developers, FFmpeg was forked as libav. The group remaining in the "FFmpeg" this week have now merged the ffmpeg-mt branch to their SVN trunk code-base. This is the code that's been worked on now for nearly three years to provide multi-threaded decoding support in FFmpeg.
Following a number of internal disputes among FFmpeg developers in recent weeks, a group of these developers have stepped away from the project and have forked off of the FFmpeg code-base to create a new project called the "libav" project.
Version 1.0 of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries was released just hours ago after being in development for a long while. It surprised a number of people that EFL finally hit version 1.0, but here's another surprise: MPlayer is getting closer to version 1.0 too.
While those using the NVIDIA binary display driver with any modern GeForce graphics processor have great accelerated video playback on the GPU right now via VDPAU, as a GPU-independent way to offload the video playback acceleration from the CPU there s Broadcom's Crystal HD adapter, which is backed by open-source Linux drivers. The Crystal HD has already been tapped by XBMC and other free software projects, but new patches are available to utilize this technology within MPlayer and FFmpeg.
Just as expected, XBMC 10.0 "Dharma" has been officially released. New features of XBMC 10 include a unified add-on framework and a lot of features related to this work for providing new functionality, initial gesture support for the XBMC GUI Engine, improved mouse support, Broadcom Crystal HD decoding support, native support for unencrypted Blu-ray playback, support for Google WebM, and so much more.
We have just been told that the 10.0 "Dharma" release of XBMC is due out this coming week. XBMC 10.0 presents a unified add-on framework and a lot of features related to this work for providing new functionality, initial gesture support for the XBMC GUI Engine, improved mouse support, Broadcom Crystal HD decoding support, native support for unencrypted Blu-ray playback, support for Google WebM, and many other changes. While XBMC 10.0 isn't even out the door, XBMC 11.0 "Eden" is already well into planning.
MythTV 0.24 was released one month ago on their expedited release schedule, but the developers of this popular free software multimedia project are beginning to focus on their next release: MythTV 0.25. This release will drop support for XvMC (X-Video Motion Compensation) and libmpeg2 decoding and they also plan to drop Xv (X-Video) support in due time as well.
Not only was Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 released today, but MythTV 0.24 made it out in the user-land world today too. MythTV, one of the oldest and most well known open-source digital video recording applications, with this v0.24 release now has many new features and other improvements. MythTV 0.24 presents a new on-screen display (OSD), HD audio support, Blu-ray support, and other improvements.
In May once MythTV 0.23 was released we reported on some of the early MythTV 0.24 plans, which included a new MythUI On-Screen Display, a mostly rewritten audio subsystem, and initial Blu-ray disc support. The first release candidate for MythTV 0.24 is now available five months later with these changes plus more.
The developers behind XBMC have announced their first beta release of XBMC 10.0, which is codenamed Dharma. After being in development for a number of months, this open-source multi-media project hopes they soon will be announcing the final release of XBMC 10.0.
It was just back in May that Google opened up the VP8 video format that they got their hands on through the acquisition of On2 and at the same time they created the WebM container format. VP8 has already received a lot of love by the open-source community -- both developers and end-users -- and support for it has already worked its way into FFmpeg, GStreamer, and other multimedia projects. Google released the libvpx library as their official VP8 decoder library, but now the FFmpeg developers have created their own decoder and it's shockingly faster than that of Google's own open-source library.
The open-source PiTiVi video editing application designed for GNOME and leverages the GStreamer framework had gained much publicity after it was included by default in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. PiTiVi though is still no comparison to Apple's iMovie or Microsoft's Windows Movie Maker, but it continues to mature and pick-up new features. The most recent example of this is PiTiVi finally beginning to properly support video effects within the non-linear video editor.
The release of FFmpeg 0.5 last March was significant as it was the first official release in quite a while for this popular and widely used free software media program. Fifteen months later, FFmpeg 0.6 has been released with plenty of changes including support for Google's VP8 codec / WebM and improvements for HTML5/H.264 video playback.
MPlayer 1.0 initially entered its release candidate phase in 2006 followed by a second release candidate in October of 2007. A third release candidate was supposed to be made available in 2009 following the release of FFmpeg 0.5, but it never ended up actually being released. However, today MPlayer 1.0 RC3 has been finally released.
Following three release candidates since late March, MythTV 0.23 was officially released yesterday. With the release announcement they also detail some of the plans for MythTV 0.24.
The first release candidate for MythTV 0.23 was released in March with integration of newer FFmpeg code, AVChapter support during video playback for Matroska and OGG, new plug-ins, new Python bindings, and various other changes delivered in this shorter development cycle than past MythTV releases. A second release candidate was delivered shortly thereafter to fix various bugs, but now a month later, MythTV 0.23 RC3 has hit the web.
The popular open-source XBMC media player has had VDPAU support for more than a year now to offload some of the video decoding work during the playback process onto the GPU (primarily NVIDIA GPUs) using this robust Linux/Unix graphics API. However, for graphics hardware / drivers that do not implement NVIDIA's Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix, the XBMC mainline code-base now has working support for VA-API.
It wasn't even two weeks ago that MythTV 0.23 RC1 was released, but already a second release candidate is now available.
While MythTV faces greater competition these days in the free software HTPC / PVR arena with competition from the likes of XBMC, Boxee, Enna, and others, the development of MythTV is continuing to move forward in a steadfast manner.
It was almost exactly one year to the day that FFmpeg 0.5 was released after this major free software project had not encountered a new release in quite a while. Yesterday a new FFmpeg release also made it out the door and it's FFmpeg 0.5.1. The 0.5.1 release, however, doesn't have anything too exciting in store for it beyond clearing up some bugs, security problems, licensing issues, and packaging problems. There are not any new codecs (like the work we talked about just this week), but all of that is being held off until FFmpeg 0.6.
Since the release of FFmpeg 0.5 last year there hasn't been much information about this media project publicized beyond VDPAU MPEG-4 ASP acceleration and other features, but today there is a new announcement from this free software project.
It was just recently that there was a new XBMC release and then after that this media player picked up support for Broadcom Crystal HD decoding. While XNMC may be progressing well in terms of features for this free software multimedia project, there is a new competitor on the block.
A few days ago XBMC 9.11 was released, but there is already new code that has hit their mainline code repository that will make the next release even more exciting already. Committed to the XBMC SVN trunk repository last night was support for Broadcom's Crystal HD hardware decoding ASIC.
Version 9.11 "Camelot" of XBMC (formerly known as the X-Box Media Center) is now available for Linux and all supported operating systems. The XBMC 9.11 update brings a new default skin, many user-interface improvements, enhanced surround sound support, support for Blu-ray sub-titles,support for RTMP Flash video streams, proper MMS/MMSH streaming client support, an updated FFmpeg implementation, new movie scrapers, and tons of other changes.
What we were in the process of writing about when we discovered MPlayer's support for most Blu-ray and HD-DVD codecs was that there is now support for MPEG-4 ASP decoding with VDPAU (NVIDIA's Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix) in the mainline FFmpeg tree.
This news is coming a few days late (MPlayer's web-site lacks any RSS or syndication support), but the latest MPlayer code in their SVN trunk now supports most HD-DVD and Blu-ray codecs. Earlier this year we talked about possible Blu-ray support for FFmpeg and developers becoming more interested after we interviewed the FFmpeg developers and there ended up being an outpouring of support by our readers offering up Blu-ray drives and other forms of help.
After a year and a half of development and two release candidates, MythTV 0.22 final is now available. Version 0.22 of MythTV, this popular free software project to watch and record television from your computer, brings support for NVIDIA's VDPAU acceleration, support for DVB-S2 and the Hauppauge HD-PVR, and a major overhaul of the Qt-based MythTV user-interface and its library. The MythTV project also announced today a competition for designing new themes for MythTV.
Two weeks after the MythTV 0.22 RC1 release was made available, a second release candidate has arrived with more than 50 additional changes. Additionally, if no critical issues are discovered in MythTV 0.22 RC2, the final version of this popular free software project update will be out in roughly one week.
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