FFmpeg 2.6 Release Brings NVENC Support

Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia on 7 March 2015 at 08:40 AM EST. Add A Comment
FFmpeg 2.6 is available this weekend and the new release brings a large number of new features.

First up, perhaps most exciting about this release is that it brings basic support for NVENC, the NVIDIA Video Encoder API for H.264 encoding. It was last November that NVIDIA added NVENC support to their Linux driver.

FFmpeg 2.6 also has a new decoder for closed captions support, many new filters were added, the libmpcodecs wrapper was eliminated, and various other changes. FFmpeg 2.6 also has improvements to the VP9 decoder performance for x86 32-bit systems and pre-SSE3 CPUs. While VP9 is great for free media, there's also been more HEVC/H.265 work within the FFmpeg camp.

More details on FFmpeg 2.6, which is codenamed "Grothendieck", can be found via the project's release notes.
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