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VideoLan Updates to Version 1.1.4 RC4

Posted by: , 12:12 AEST, Sat June 19, 2010

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VideoLan (VLC Media Player) is a multimedia and DVD player for Linux, BeOS, BSD, MacOS X ...

VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

Playing back .MP4 H.264 encoded movies:

Changes between 1.0.5 and 1.1.0-rc4:
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Important changes for users:
* On Linux, known bugs in the ALSA library might prevent audio output.
   Update to alsa-lib 1.0.24 or later, or use the PulseAudio output instead.

Important changes for packagers:
* The module cache has moved to ${libdir}/vlc/. The module cache can now be
   generated at install time except if you use staged installation. In the
   later case, you can generate the module cache in your post-inst script
   by invoking 'vlc-cache-gen'. If the module cache is not present and vlc
   can't write in ${libdir}/vlc/, it will result it vlc taking a long time to
   launch each time.
* Most X11-related plugins now use XCB instead of Xlib. VLC now uses
   - xproto,
   - xcb, xcb-shm, xcb-xv, xcb-randr (from libxcb),
   - xcb-keysyms (from xcb-utils),
   - x11-xcb (from libx11) - only for GLX support.
* On X11 platforms, a _working_ version of xdg-screensaver is typically
   required to inhibit the screensaver during video playback.

Access:
* Support for the sftp protocol
* Support for CDDB servers for Audio-CD on the Windows port
* New memory input (imem) access and access_demux module to feed VLC from data in memory
* New avio module to use libavformat capabilities for network streams, like rtmp://
* Port of the screen module from Xlib to XCB
* Port of the dc1394 module from libdc1394 to libdc1394 v2.0

Decoders:
* Support for DxVA2 for H.264 decoding on GPU on Windows Vista and 7
* Support for VAAPI for H.264 decoding on GPU on GNU/Linux
* Audio/Video decoders and encoders using OpenMAX IL components for DSP usage

* Support for HD-DVB subtitles - Display Definition Segment
* Support PGS subtitles for Blu-Ray
* Invmem module improvements
* Support for Atrac1 audio codec
* Support for SSE3 and SSE4 capabilities in some codecs
* Multiple improvements for subtitles styles in .SRT and .SSA
* Support for Windows Media Speech (Voice) audio codec natively on all platforms
* Support for AMR-NB audio codec on the Windows and Mac port
* Support for Indeo5 video codec
* Improvements on the FLAC format (7.1 channels and 88.2/176.4/192 kHz support)
* Direct rendering is used more often with H.264 in avcodec module
* Support for MPEG-4 ALS lossless audio codec
* Support for VP8 codec

Demuxers:
* Support for .aob files from DVD-Audio (MLP and LPCM) (Full disc support is NOT present yet)
* Support for ADPCM in .flv streams
* Support for TwinVQ (.vqf) and AMV (.amv) files
* Various EGP improvements
* Support for embedded subtitles in OpenDML and legacy .avi files
* Many fixes on Matroska support and support for Webm format
* Metadata and cover art improvements

Playlist:
* WPL and ZPL playlist support
* Lua scripts for Mpora, Vimeo playback and Rockbox FM radios
* New Play-And-Pause function to stop playback on latest video image
* Podcast images are now displayed

Video Output:
* Rewrite of the video output core and most video outputs
* Added desktop mode to the Direct3D output module. It differs from DirectX
   desktop mode, because it hides the desktop icons, but reacts to mouse clicks.
* New x11, glx and xv modules based on XCB
* New deinterlacing modes based on yadif and yadif(x2)
* New audio/video filter to show audio level on the video output
* Enhanced AtmoLight filter with hardware support for
     Classic AtmoLight (http://www.vdr-wiki.de/wiki/index.php/Atmo-plugin)
     Quattro AtmoLight (use just 4 Classic AtmoLights as one)
     MoMoLight (http://www.ambilight4pc.com/momolight/momolight.html)
     Simple serial DMX controller (http://www.ulrichradig.de/ search for DMX)

Extensions:
* New content extensions lua framework

Audio filters:
* Chorus/Flanger audio filter
* 3F1R to stereo down-mix filter
* Dolby mixer, parameterized equalizer, trivial mixer, scaletempo, bandlimited
   resampler, linear resampler, ugly resampler, converter_fixed, DTS to SPDIF
   and A/52 to SPDIF filters have been upgraded to the "audio filter2" API
* NEON assembly audio converter module
* Converter filters have been rewritten and extended to support s32 as input

Visualization:
* Support of .milk visualization files using projectM libraries

Service discovery:
* Service discoveries can now be written in lua
* Service discovery for Picture/Music/Video user directories
* Service discovery based on libudev
* Shoutcast Service discoveries are now removed

Encoders:
* x264, add psy-rd parameter and change default settings
* x264, add profile-limitter same way as x264.exe has, for example
    #transcode{vcodec=h264,venc=x264{profile=baseline,level=1.2},vb=384,width=320,height=176}
* x264, defaults to crf=23 as x264.exe-does, if bitrate is given,
   uses ABR and if qp-value is set uses CQP
* libx264-version 0.76 or higher is required
* x264 has tune/preset parameters supported

Stream output:
* New smem module, streaming to memory
* Allow duplicate outputs to be merged, like:
   --sout "#duplicate{dst=transcode{vcodec=mp2v},select=es=0,dst=transcode,select=es=1}:std{...}"

Interfaces:
* Renamed the legacy rc, telnet and http interfaces to oldrc, oldtelnet
   and oldhttp.
* rc, telnet and http are now implemented using the lua interface system.
* qt4 interface contains new iconview and listview mode for playlist

Mac OS X Port:
* Vastly improved VLCKit framework
* A new dialog provider for libvlc-internal interaction without full interface
* Improved update detection and installation by using the Sparkle framework
   by Andy Matuschak et al.
* New CoreText based text renderer replacing the former ATSUI renderer
* New Video output module (mostly targetting VLCKit)
* Optimised behavior when using the 2009 Apple Remote

Windows port:
* Integration in Windows 7 taskbar
* Playback of .Midi files is supported through fluidsynth's module

Maemo port:
* Multiple improvements for N900 compliance and efficiency
* Support for HW accelerated video decoding on N900
* Improvements to the maemo/hildon interface

Misc:
* new sqlite module
* --save-config command line option not supported anymore.
* Fixed and reenabled netsync module.
* Improved Solaris port

Bindings:
* new C++ wrapper around libVLC: libVLCpp
* phonon-VLC backend is now usable

Removed modules:
* csri codec: use the libass module instead.
* galaktos visualisation: use the new projectM module instead.
* showintf: Useless in Qt and on Mac OS X
* transrate: broken since too long
* Xlib x11, Xlib xvideo, Xlib glx: Use the new XCB modules instead.
* HAL: Use libudev instead.
* gtk_main, gtk_main2, gnome_main, gnome_main2 and pda interfaces
* WinCE, BeOS and qnx interfaces
* opie, qte and qte_main interfaces
* linear_resampler and trivial_resampler are removed: use the ugly one.
* XvMC accelerated modules: use VAAPI instead.
* MGA (Matroska) for Linux: use Linux Framebuffer (or X) instead.
* opengllayer: use macosx_video instead.
* cddax: use cdda instead.
* cmml and tarkin codecs are removed because they are dead codecs.
* realaudio codecs: use libavcodec
* access_file removed in favor of filesystem
* RTMP input and output: use avio module

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