GStreamer 1.20 Multimedia Framework Released With Many Improvements

Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 4 February 2022 at 03:00 AM EST. 8 Comments
GStreamer 1.20 is out as stable as the newest version of this widely-used, open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework.

GStreamer 1.20 brings many changes over the prior GStreamer 1.18 series. GStreamer 1.20 highlights include additions such as:

- GstPlay as a new high-level playback library to replace GstPlayer.

- WebM alpha decoding support.

- Support for application-specified element properties to tweak encoding profiles individually.

- Multi-threaded video conversion and mixing for the compositor code.

- Smart encoding passthrough support for VP8 / VP9 / H.265 in encodebin/transcodebin.

- Video decoder automatic packet-loss, data corruption, and keyframe request handling for RTP / WebRTC / RTSP.

- Many WebRTC improvements.

- The new VA-API plugin implementation is getting squared away with more decoders implemented, new post processing elements, and other features being wired up.

- Updated Rust bindings and several new Rust plug-ins.

- VP9 and MPEG-2 support for the Linux stateless codec support.

- GStreamer on Windows with the Direct3D 11 / DXVDA decoder now supports AV1.

- Performance improvements and many other changes.

A fundemental change with GStreamer 1.20 development is that it has now switched to a single Git repository on GitLab containing all of the included modules rather than having various separate Git repositories.

More details and downloads for GStreamer 1.20 via
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