GStreamer 1.22 Released With Improved AV1 Support, Better WebRTC & AMD AMF Additions

Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia on 23 January 2023 at 08:00 PM EST. 26 Comments
GStreamer 1.22 is out today as the first major release of 2023 for this open-source multimedia framework. With GStreamer 1.22 comes some exciting feature additions.

The GStreamer 1.22 release out today is a big one with many new and improved features. Highlights of GStreamer 1.22 include:

- Various AV1 video codec support improvements.

- New HLS / DASH / Microsoft Smooth Streaming adaptive streaming clients.

- Qt6 support for rendering a video within a QML scene.

- Multiple WebRTC improvements around simulcast support, Google Congestion Control support, media server ingestion/egress WHIP/WHEP support, and more. There is also a new WebRTC sender plugin.

- ONVIF timed metadata support.

- A new fragmented MP4 muxer and non-fragmented MP4 muxer.

- New plug-ins for Amazon AWS storage and audio transcription services.

- New GTK4 paintable sink and GTK Wayland sink renderers.

- The new "videocolorscale" element to both convert and scale video content in one go for yielding better performance.

- High bit depth rate video improvements.

- Improved DMA buffer sharing and modifier handling for improving hardware-accelerated video handling on Linux.

- Video 4 Linux 2 (V4L2) hardware-accelerated decoder improvements.

- New H264 / H265 / AV1 video encoder support using the AMD AMF SDK.

- H.265 video encoding for Apple Media and Android Media targets.

Those are just the key highlights with GStreamer 1.22... There is also more to enjoy with various plug-in enhancements, other platform-specific changes, and more. GStreamer 1.22 is a great release to kick off the new year for advancing this open-source multimedia framework used widely on Linux as well as other operating systems.

Downloads and the full list of GStreamer 1.22 changes via
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