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After being in development for a number of months, the GNOME-sponsored PiTiVi project has put out a new pre-release. In this updated version of the PiTiVi video editing application are a number of notable additions, such as support for video effects, as this open-source editor tries to catch-up to the proprietary competition.
31 May 2011 - New Build - 4 Comments
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.
8 April 2011 - Hmm? - 27 Comments
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.
24 March 2011 - MPlayer2 Media Player - 32 Comments
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.
23 March 2011 - FFmpeg-MT Merged - 12 Comments
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.
14 March 2011 - Libav Project - 19 Comments
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.
29 January 2011 - Really - 36 Comments
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.
1 January 2011 - It Works - 72 Comments
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.
18 December 2010 - As Expected - 3 Comments
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.
12 December 2010 - Coming Days - 5 Comments
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.
2 December 2010 - Improvements For 0.25 - 27 Comments
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.
10 November 2010 - Officially Released - 22 Comments
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.
19 October 2010 - New HTPC Software Release
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.
30 August 2010 - Read It Here - 9 Comments
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.
24 July 2010 - Performance Win - 17 Comments
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.
14 July 2010 - It's Working - 4 Comments
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.
16 June 2010 - New FFmpeg Release - 25 Comments
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.
30 May 2010 - MPlayer Release - 14 Comments
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.
11 May 2010 - New MythTV - 7 Comments
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.
3 May 2010 - Will This Be The Last?
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.
6 April 2010 - Video Acceleration Fun - 10 Comments
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