FFmpeg 4.4 Released With AV1 VA-API Decoder, SVT-AV1 Encoding

Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia on 9 April 2021 at 05:42 AM EDT. 34 Comments
FFmpeg 4.4 is out today as a large update to this widely-used multimedia library and with it comes many new features including new demuxers, AV1 support improvements, and other enhancements.

FFmpeg 4.4 includes a wide array of improvements over last year's FFmpeg 4.3 release. Among the exciting additions with FFmpeg 4.4 are:

- AudioToolbox output device support.

- VDPAU accelerated HEVC 10-bit and 12-bit decoding.

- VDPAU accelerated VP9 10-bit and 12-bit decoding.

- AV1 decode support for hardware acceleration, which so far is now supported for Intel QSV-accelerated AV1 decoding with Intel Gen12 graphics and Intel VA-API. Via NVIDIA's NVDEC interface is also AV1 hardware accelerated decode.

- Support for Microsoft DXVA2 / D3D11VA hardware-accelerated AV1 decoding.

- CPU-based AV1 encoding support via the SVT-AV1 encoder.

- AV1 low-overhead bitstream format demuxer.

- AV1 monochrome encoding support.

- Cineform HD encoder support.

- RPZA video encoder support.

- SpeedHQ encoder support.

- Microsoft Paint demuxer and MSP version 2 decoder.

- OpenEXR image encoder support.

- Dolby E parsing abilities.

- RIST protocol handling via librist.

- A variety of other new filters, parsers, and demuxers.

Downloads and more details on today's FFmpeg 4.4 multimedia library release via ffmpeg.org.
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