Category Archives: Release

GPAC 2.2

We are happy to announce the release of GPAC 2.2

This release marks the end of MP4Client/Osmo4/Osmo4Ios/Osmo4Android, with gpac being used for all platforms – Android app now supports running gpac and MP4Box command line as well as running the GUI.

This release also brings better support for MKV, DolbyAtmos and DolbyVision.

As usual, installers are available on gpac.io for most common platforms.

Enjoy, give us feedback and spread the news!

Detailed changes:

Media Formats

  • 2-pass encoding for FFmpeg codecs other than libx264
  • Conversion filters for VTT, TXG3 and TTML
  • SubstationAlpha subtitle import (basic)
  • DVB subpictures in M2TS mux and demux
  • FFMPEG (mostly for Matroska) subtitle import and export (SRT/SSA to TX3G, TX3G to SRT, WebVTT and DVB subpictures)
  • EC3+Atmos signaling support
  • ALAC support
  • Improved DolbyVision muxing

Media player

  • subtitle delay and position adjustment
  • audio delay adjustment

MP4Box

  • allow numbers and media types as identifiers for track actions
  • dlba option to update atmos+ec3 signaling

Filters

  • UTC-based range extraction in reframer
  • Thumbnail generator filter
  • Added unframer filter
  • FFMPEG bitstream filters support
  • initseg support in mp4dmx filter
  • Access to GPU textures of decoders in Python and JSF bindings (glpush filter for tests)
  • Chapters editing and original timestamp dispatch in reformer range extraction
  • dual in-band and out-of-band parameter set support in dasher
  • non-blocking IO for RTSP and HTTP servers/clients
  • RTSP over HTTP in rtsp server
  • Source-Specific multicast for udp and rtp inputs
  • User Authentication for HTTP and RTSP servers
  • TLS support for RTSP client and server
  • Per-filter buffering options

Encryption

  • ClearKey support in dasher and decryption

Misc

  • QT metadata tags in MP4Box and qt muxer
  • support for some packet properties in URL templates

A small change in the GPAC versioning scheme

Hi there,

We changed our versioning policy. After releasing a version (e.g. 2.0), we used to immediately create a new version followed by the ‘-DEV suffix’ (e.g. 2.1-DEV). Then when an official release happened we would remove the suffix (e.g. 2.1).

This seems to have created useless discussion on the timeline of GPAC installers and versions: was 2.1-DEV anterior (yes) or posterior (no) to the official 2.1 release?

To mitigate that issue, we have decided that odd minor versions (e.g. 2.1-DEV) would be dedicated to our development rolling-releases. These versions are tested using our CI but they might occasionally break until we detect and fix the issue, usually thanks to you. These breakage are unfortunately unavoidable, and that’s the precise reason we need a community and a robust test suite and CI/CD system.

Even versions (e.g. 2.0 or 2.2) are stable releases.

As a consequence our next release will be 2.2. That should be soon… stay tuned!

GPAC 2.0

We are happy to announce the release GPAC 2.0, packed with new features!

This release brings support for Python and NodeJS: you can now interact with GPAC media pipelines using these languages, from basic session processing down to packet-level manipulations.

A new JSON-based video editor called avmix has landed in GPAC: it is designed for typical live processing tasks (scheduling, animations and transitions, graphics/text insertion) running from command line with or without GPU.

A lot of work has been put on HLS support for both client and packager, with support for low latency HLS.

MP4Box has been improved as well and is now capable of in-place rewrite, resulting in much faster IOs when editing files.

As usual, installers are available on gpac.io for most common platforms.

Enjoy, give us feedback and spread the news!

Continue reading GPAC 2.0

GPAC 1.0.0 public release

After almost 20 years of development, GPAC reaches yet another milestone. As the major number increment suggests, this GPAC version offers significant changes over previous releases.

Among the video community GPAC was known for its wide capabilities. Unfortunately these capabilities came with maintenance and usability challenges. This new version addresses these challenges by leveraging a new modular system called “filters”.

Filters make GPAC easier to use thanks to a unified API. Filters make GPAC easier to test, document, and maintain. Filters make GPAC more efficient thanks to a highly configurable resource manager. Filters make GPAC 1.0 the best GPAC ever. The multimedia ecosystem is very innovative and so is GPAC, now ready for the next 20 years!

This release comes with many new features thanks to the rearchitecture.

A special focus was made to make the transition as transparent as possible for our users. The APIs and the tool (MP4Box, MP4Client, …) are fully compatible to make the transition as smooth as possible.

For the last year we have maintained both the legacy and the new versions with both new features and bug fixes. From now on, the legacy version is marked LTS and will only receive bug fixes.

As usual pre-built installers are available for simplicity.

We strongly encourage users to update their codebase.

Of course there is still much to be done. Please help us and get in contact using our issue tracker.

We’d like to thank our community for the warm welcome of all these changes. You have been so patient and supportive during this transition period. Thank you.