Dienstag, 14. Februar 2012

VLC Media Player 2.0.0-rc1 - Popular multimedia player.. (Free)

VLC Media Player 2.0.0-rc1 - Popular multimedia player.. (Free): "

VLC Media Player 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.

Version 2.0.0-rc1:

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 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 has moved to git://git.videolan.org/npapi-vlc.git
  • 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.
  • 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 (http://www.tvdr.de/) 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 http://www.mpris.org
  • 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-###.ts},mux=ts{use-key-frames}, dst=public_html/iphonestreamfile-###.ts}"
  • Support for Vorbis and Theora in RTP
  • Major rework of VoD support
  • New delay module, to introduce delays of one ES, when streaming: #delay{id=12,delay=500}:standard...
  • New setlang, setid modules to change lang or id of one ES, when streaming: #setid{id=12,new-id=42}:std...
  • New langfromtelx module, to change lang of one ES, when streaming, based on a telextex page: #langfromtelx{id=12,magazine=7,page=0x99,row=1}:std...
  • New select module, to replace an existing ES with another ES in the same track #duplicate{dst=bridge-out{id=1},select=video,dst=bridge-out{id=0xa3},select=audio} #transcode{...}:bridge-in{id-offset=0}:select{disable=0}:setid{id=0,newid=0xa3}:autodel:std{...}
  • New libavformat/avio access_output module for network streaming
Services Discovery:
  • Search API to be able to query distant search APIs from the interfaces
  • Upnp module was ported to Win32
  • New capabilities for libVLC:
    • libvlc_media_player_navigate for DVD navigation
    • libvlc_audio_filter_list_get, libvlc_video_filter_list_get to get the list of available audio and video filters
    • libvlc_audio_set_format, libvlc_audio_set_format_callbacks, libvlc_audio_set_callbacks allow grabbing audio data from a chosen memory location in real-time.
Removed modules:
  • asademux, subsass: use libass
  • fake, invmem: use the new image demuxers
  • hal, v4l, gapi, omapfb, hd1000a, hd1000v: obsolete unmaintained modules
  • id3tag: use taglib
  • upnp: use upnp_intel
  • removal of old telnet interface in favor of the new lua CLI
  • removal of http interface in favor of luahttp
  • removal of the noise filter
  • removal of the SDL audio output, use the native outputs
  • growl_udp: use Growl for local notifications on the Mac. UDP support will be removed in Growl's next release, too.
  • removal of the OSSO screensave module, use the MCE one
  • Update of translations for most languages.

  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Quartz Extreme capable Mac

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