Sunday, February 19, 2012

VLC Media Player 2.0 Final

VLC Media Player 2.0 Final

VLC Media Player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols. VLC can also convert, capture/record and be used as a server to stream video.  

Changes from VLC 1.1.13 to VLC 2.0.0  

Important notes: * The licenses of libVLC and libVLCcore have changed from GPLv2+ to LGPLv2.1+ * Start/end titles/chapters are now specified with # rather than @ to fix conflicts with some URLs and file names. For instance, this plays a DVD from the 2nd chapter of the 1st title up to the 4th chapter of the 3rd title: vlc dvd://#1:2-3:4 * The 40+ --*-caching options were simplified and dumbed down to 4 options: - --file-caching specifies caching for local files, - --network-caching specifies caching for network resources, - --live-caching specifies caching for capture devices and - --disc-caching specifies caching for local optical media. All values are expressed in milliseconds as in previous versions. * HTTP server IP address, port, and TLS configuration is now centralized: - The --http-host option sets the address, e.g. "--http-host=[2001:db8::1]". By default, both :: and are used. - The --http-port and --https-port options set the port numbers. By default, 8080 is used for HTTP, and 8443 for HTTPS. - The TLS credentials are configured with --http-cert (public certificate), --http-key (private key), --http-ca (optional CA) and --http-crl (optional CRL). * RTSP server IP address and port are updated similarly. Use --rtsp-host and --rtsp-port respectively. * The --miface-addr option does not exist anymore. To select the multicast output interface, use --miface instead, e.g. --miface=eth0. * The Windows version will only work with Windows XP SP2 or later. Windows 2000 SP4, Windows XP < SP2, Windows 2003 SP0 are now unsupported. * The Mac OS version will require Quartz Extreme compatible machines.

 Important changes for packagers: * The default builds now assume that the operating system uses UTF-8 for its file systems and files content (except the Windows port). If this is not acceptable, pass --enable-non-utf8 to the configure script. Non-UTF-8 file systems support will be removed in future versions. * The VLC plugins path can be overridden with the VLC_PLUGIN_PATH environment variable. The --plugin-path command line option was removed. * The default tarballs are now compressed with XZ/LZMA: .tar.xz * OSS support is not compiled on Linux by default, pass --enable-oss to the configure script if you use OSSv4 or really want to use OSS emulation. * The webplugins have moved to: git://  

Core: * Major Video Core and Outputs rework and rewrite: Subtitles, subpictures and OSD can now be sized and blent inside outputs x11 (Unix), OpenGL (Unix) and Direct3D (Windows) are such video outputs. * Almost every video filter can now be transcoded * Playback rate doesn't get resetted to 1 between items anymore * Option --sub-filter was renamed --sub-source * Port to Android, iOS, OS/2 and Win64.  

Access: * Multiple files are now supported inside RAR files * Experimental support for ClearQam devices in the BDA/DTV module * DVB-S scanning support on Unix * DVB-C scanning on Unix scans correct modulation/symbolrate if needed * Support for freq and video standard selection in DirectShow * Support for VDR recordings ( folders * Experimental Blu-Ray Discs support using libbluray * HTTP Live Streaming (IETF draft) playback support * Blackmagic DeckLink SDI cards input support (Linux only currently) * Linear Systems (HD-)SDI cards input support (Linux) * PulseAudio audio input support * Support for RTP dynamic payload types by specifying the payload format in an option (no autodetection): only Theora supported for now * Basic HTCPCP implementation for Coffee Pot control * Support for all QTKit-compatible video input devices, aka QTCapture * Support for all QTKit-compatible audio input devices, aka QTSound * Support for capturing partially hidden windows in the X11 Screen input * MPEG DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) support * Support for HTTPS is now fixed in the Windows port  

Codecs: * One can now use ffmpeg-mt in conjunction with vlc, to split decoding load on multiple cores. H.264, VP3, VP8, JPEG-2000, Mpeg-4 ASP/DivX and RV3/RV4 are notably concerned. * Important fixes for RealVideo 3.0 and 4.0 playback, notably in MKV * Experimental Hardware decoding using Broadcom CrystalHD cards * New module for decoding EBU subtitles (.stl) * Support for 9bits and 10bits H.264/AVC decoding * Support for 20-bits PCM and DAT-12 (digital magnetic tapes) from RTP * New module for Dirac encoding, using the faster libschroedinger The Schroedinger module should be prefered to the Dirac one * Support for WMV Images, aka WMVP and WVP2, as used by Photo Story * Support for Lagarith Lossless video codec * Support for ProRes 422 video codec in 10bits * Support for DNxHD (VC-3) and JPEG-2000 in 10bits * EIA-608 closed captions improvements * Support for JPEG-2000 and Motion JPEG-2000 in the Windows and Mac binaries * Experimental support of IOMX for OpenMAX IL codecs on Android * One can use "mp2 " fourcc to encode in mpeg1/2 layer 2  

Demuxers: * New images demuxer supporting jpeg, png, targa, xcf, git, tiff, bmp, pcx, lbm * C64 SID file playback support of using sidplay2 * Support for images/cover art in wma/wmv/asf files * Improvements in .ape files metadata reading and writing * New demuxer module for EBU subtitles (.stl) * Support for caf, mtv, awb, f4v, amr, vro (DVD-VR) files * Ogg, flv, mxf, amr seeking improvements * Major improvements in Matroska (mkv) chapters/segments handling and seeking * Support for duration and better seeking in Mpeg-TS files (.ts, .m2ts, .mts) * Mov improvements, notably for aspect-ratio handling and Audio DV tracks * Improved support of tracker files * Real Media (.rm and .rmvb) demuxer is now based on libavformat

 Interfaces: * Qt: effects dialogs rework * Qt: new CoverFlow-like view of the playlist * Qt: port to MacOS X platform * Qt: various interface improvements, notably on the seek bar * Skins2 / Qt: misc improvements and usability fixes * Skins2: fullscreen controller support, relative placement support and important cleanups and optimisations * Mac OS X: re-written Main Window, which also includes the Video Windows It is available in 2 looks, one grey (Lion style) and one black (QTX style) * Mac OS X: new Audio Effects panel adding Compressor and Spatializer filters * Mac OS X: new Track Synchronization panel * Mac OS X: new Video Effects panel for color and geometry adjustments * Mac OS X: re-written Open Disc functionality with automatic media detection * Mac OS X: support for the native fullscreen mode on OS X Lion * Mac OS X: enhanced AppleScript support * Mac OS X: support for lua extensions * The rc and telnet lua interfaces were merged into a new "cli" interface * lua: the recommended way to run custom interface scripts is now to pass -I luaintf --lua-intf myscript * ncurses: heavy refactor of the complete interface * dbus: Upgrade to an mpris2 compliant interface, see * dbus: Rewrite of the main loop to use a more efficient poll-based model * webUI/http: Rewrite of the web interface, using jQuery * webUI/http: some requests are now supported in JSON in addition to XML * webUI/http: path values for input and output are deprecated in favour of uri * Qt/Win32: the update system now downloads the updates in the temp folder * Qt: preferences are now searchable * Qt: the fullscreen controller is now stackable, full-width, at the bottom  

Video Output: * New video output based on Direct2D for Windows 7 and Vista (with Platform Update) * New video output for iOS platform * Experimental work in progress on a video output using EGL * Adaptation of the OpenGL layer for OpenGL ES 1.1 * Various vmem improvements * OpenGL video output now accepts YUV as input and uses fragment programs for chroma conversion between YUV and RGB * New video output for Android platform, based on Surface * Support for 9/10bits output in the OpenGL output * Updated OpenGL video output for Mac, requires a Quartz Extreme capable machine * New video output based on kva API for OS/2  

Audio Output and Filters: * New audio output based on AudioQueue API for iOS * New audio output in memory (amem) * Important simplification and improvements in the core audio output * New audio output based on OpenSL ES API for Android * New audio resampler using Speex (DSP) * New audio resampler using the Secret Rabbit Code (a.k.a. libsamplerate) * New Compressor filter, a dynamic range compressor * New simplistic Karaoke filter * New audio output based on kai API for OS/2 * Automatic handover from S/PDIF to PCM with PulseAudio 1.0  

Video Filter: * New gradfun filter for debanding videos using dithering * Rewrite of the grain filter, faster and with better quality * New posterize filter for lowering the number of colors * Atmo ambilight: improve Fnordlicht support up to 254 channels * New sepia filter for creating sepia effect in videos * New deinterlacer mode Phosphor, a framerate doubling CRT TV simulator * New deinterlacer mode IVTC, to do live inverse telecine for NTSC films * New subsdelay filter to change subtitles delay * New anti-flickering filter * New OpenMAX DL IPCS filter for color space conversion and resizing * New video filter for denoising, based on the famous hqdn3d filter * Major improvements in the freetype text-rendering module, notably supporting blackbox and customizable shadow. NB: The freetype module is now used by default on the Mac OS X instead of the quartztext module, which can still be enabled manually. The Win32 font selection was improved too.  

Stream output: * New livehttp-module for HTTP Live Streaming (IETF draft) output example: vlc inputfile :sout="#transcode{vcodec=h264,acodec=mp3, venc=x264{profile=baseline},width=320,vb=256,ab=96}:std{ access=livehttp{index=public_html/iphonestream.m3u8, index-url=http://url-to-iphonestreamfile-##...

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