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FFmpeg Reaches Version 1.0

Multimedia

Published on 28 September 2012 06:52 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia
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While we have been looking towards an FFmpeg 1.0 release for nearly one year, the version 1.0 release of the popular FFmpeg library was finally tagged after being in development for more than one decade.

The initial release of this open-source multi-media library came in December of 2000, but only now twelve years later has it hit the over-emphasized 1.0 milestone. Michael Niedermayer, the official FFmpeg maintainer since 2004, mentioned on the developers list that he uploaded the 1.0 release. However, he's not updating the FFmpeg main page until after he's got "a bit of sleep", so the official announcement is likely still a couple of hours out.

As far as what's new to FFmpeg 1.0, the change-log is available from Git. The official FFmpeg 1.0 changes include:

- INI and flat output in ffprobe
- Scene detection in libavfilter
- Indeo Audio decoder
- channelsplit audio filter
- setnsamples audio filter
- atempo filter
- ffprobe -show_data option
- RTMPT protocol support
- iLBC encoding/decoding via libilbc
- Microsoft Screen 1 decoder
- join audio filter
- audio channel mapping filter
- Microsoft ATC Screen decoder
- RTSP listen mode
- TechSmith Screen Codec 2 decoder
- AAC encoding via libfdk-aac
- Microsoft Expression Encoder Screen decoder
- RTMPS protocol support
- RTMPTS protocol support
- RTMPE protocol support
- RTMPTE protocol support
- showwaves and showspectrum filter
- LucasArts SMUSH playback support
- SAMI, RealText and SubViewer demuxers and decoders
- Heart Of Darkness PAF playback support
- iec61883 device
- asettb filter
- new option: -progress
- 3GPP Timed Text encoder/decoder
- GeoTIFF decoder support
- ffmpeg -(no)stdin option
- Opus decoder using libopus
- caca output device using libcaca
- alphaextract and alphamerge filters
- concat filter
- flite filter
- Canopus Lossless Codec decoder
- bitmap subtitles in filters (experimental and temporary)
- MP2 encoding via TwoLAME
- bmp parser
- smptebars source
- asetpts filter
- hue filter
- ICO muxer
- SubRip encoder and decoder without embedded timing
- edge detection filter
- framestep filter
- ffmpeg -shortest option is now per-output file -pass and -passlogfile are now per-output stream
- volume measurement filter
- Ut Video encoder
- Microsoft Screen 2 decoder
- Matroska demuxer now identifies SRT subtitles as AV_CODEC_ID_SUBRIP
instead of AV_CODEC_ID_TEXT
- smartblur filter ported from MPlayer
- CPiA decoder
- decimate filter ported from MPlayer
- RTP depacketization of JPEG
- Smooth Streaming live segmenter muxer
- F4V muxer
- sendcmd and asendcmd filters
- WebVTT demuxer and decoder (simple tags supported)
- RTP packetization of JPEG
- faststart option in the MOV/MP4 muxer

Basically there's lots of new audio filters, decoders, and other changes for this widely-used multimedia library.

Those wishing to download FFmpeg 1.0 can do so from FFmpeg.org.

FFmpeg has been widely used by software projects such as VLC, MPlayer, and YouTube, but the libav fork of FFmpeg has also been gaining ground.

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