Multimedia News Archives
FFmpeg 2.0 Released With OpenCL, Many Changes

FFmpeg 2.0 is now available and with this open-source multimedia framework update comes many new features. This new release presents OpenCL support, many new filters/decoders/demuxers, and other promising advancements.

10 July 2013 - FFmpeg 2.0 - 5 Comments
XBMC 12.0 Released With HD Audio, PVR, Android

After going through some development releases in the past few months, XBMC 12.0 "Frodo" was officially released this morning. XBMC 12.0 packs in a heck of a lot of features for this open-source cross-platform multimedia software.

29 January 2013 - XBMC 12.0 "Frodo" - 10 Comments
OpenELEC 3.0 Enters Beta With XBMC 12.0

The OpenELEC Linux distribution that aspires to be a leading multimedia OS within an entertainment center is nearing its 3.0 release. The OpenELEC 3.0 Beta was released and now it's based upon XBMC 12.0 Frodo.

26 November 2012 - OpenELEC - 1 Comment
XBMC 12.0 Beta Packs Exciting Features

The first beta release of XBMC 12.0 "Frodo" is now available. This beta to the popular home theater PC (HTPC) software packs exciting changes for end-users interested in the best open-source multimedia playback experience.

16 November 2012 - XBMC 12 - 3 Comments
FFmpeg Reaches Version 1.0

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.

28 September 2012 - FFmpeg 1.0 - 13 Comments
MPlayer 1.1 Magically Surfaces With New Features

The last official release of MPlayer was version 1.0-rc4 and it came in January of 2011. Since then there's been no official releases so after more than a decade, MPlayer 1.0 has yet to be released, but being quietly available now is... MPlayer 1.1.

6 June 2012 - New MPlayer - 9 Comments
XBMC Gets Its New HD Audio Engine

AudioEngine has been merged in the XBMC media player code-base, which is a major re-write of the audio sub-system and delivers some wonderful HD audio support.

31 May 2012 - XBMC Media - 4 Comments
MythTV Is Now Forked As Torc

The MythTV code-base has now been forked by one of its lead developers. The new MythTV, which is focusing upon modernizing this open-source video recorder / player so it can better compete with the competition, is called Torc.

15 February 2012 - Torc - 8 Comments
Raspberry Pi's Nonchalant Graphics Stack For Linux

Many were talking yesterday about why the forthcoming $25/$35 Raspberry Pi system won't ship in kit form, but of more interest to Phoronix readers out of that blog post would be the details concerning their Linux graphics driver stack and what they will be supporting.

1 February 2012 - Binary Blobs - 22 Comments
MythTV 0.25 Is Still Being Baked With Many Changes

It's been quite a while since last talking about MythTV, since this popular open-source project for Home Theater PCs last had a major release more than one year ago. However, a lot is being baked for v0.25 -- the next major release.

5 January 2012 - Not Yet - 5 Comments
MPlayer2 Is Still Alive & Kicking

Back in March I reported on the MPlayer2 fork of the popular MPlayer multi-media application. MPlayer2 came as a result of one of the MPlayer developers being denounced from the group and from there the developer and others took to implementing their own desired features and functionality from a fork of the open-source code-base. But how's the MPlayer2 project now doing?

12 August 2011 - MPlayer Fork - Add A Comment
PiTiVi Gets Ready With A New Release

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
Legal Threats Against MPlayer, Server To Disappear

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. 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
Is MPlayer2 A Viable Fork Of MPlayer?

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
FFmpeg Becomes Multi-Threaded Happy

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
A Group Of FFmpeg Developers Just Forked As Libav

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
MPlayer Is Getting Closer To Version 1.0 Too

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
Broadcom Crystal HD Support For MPlayer, FFmpeg

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

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