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Release notes for GStreamer Bad Plugins 1.2.1

The GStreamer team is proud to announce a new bug-fix release in the 1.x stable series of the core of the GStreamer streaming media framework.

The 1.x series is a stable series targeted at end users. It is not API or ABI compatible with the stable 0.10.x series. It is, however, parallel installable with the 0.10.x series and will not affect an existing 0.10.x installation.

"That an accusation?"

No perfectly groomed moustache or any amount of fine clothing is going to cover up the truth - these plugins are Bad with a capital B. They look fine on the outside, and might even appear to get the job done, but at the end of the day they're a black sheep. Without a golden-haired angel to watch over them, they'll probably land in an unmarked grave at the final showdown.

Don't bug us about their quality - exercise your Free Software rights, patch up the offender and send us the patch on the fastest steed you can steal from the Confederates. Because you see, in this world, there's two kinds of people, my friend: those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.

This module contains a set of plugins that aren't up to par compared to the rest. They might be close to being good quality, but they're missing something - be it a good code review, some documentation, a set of tests, a real live maintainer, or some actual wide use. If the blanks are filled in they might be upgraded to become part of either gst-plugins-good or gst-plugins-ugly, depending on the other factors. If the plugins break, you can't complain - instead, you can fix the problem and send us a patch, or bribe someone into fixing them for you. New contributors can start here for things to work on.

Other modules containing plugins are:

contains a basic set of well-supported plugins
contains a set of well-supported plugins under our preferred license
contains a set of well-supported plugins, but might pose problems for distributors
contains a set of codecs plugins based on libav (formerly gst-ffmpeg)

Bugs fixed in this release

  • 711627 : mpegvparse: Incorrect repositioning of start code location when input buffer is empty
  • 690148 : hlsdemux: hangs when network disconnects or when server is unreachable
  • 707974 : h264parse: Broken conversion to AVC if a SPS/PPS not from the first indizes is used
  • 708161 : mpegtspacketizer: rework packet extraction and sync
  • 708222 : tsparse: Pushes unparsed data immediately on the srcpad
  • 708849 : hlsdemux: occasionally dereferencing NULL in gst_hls_demux_switch_playlist()
  • 709145 : mpegts: Can't link against mpegts
  • 709373 : camerabin: Filesink not closing file after stop-capture
  • 709531 : egl: Make dependency on egl optional
  • 709886 : " pitch " plugin prevent pipeline creation
  • 710392 : geometrictransform: fix setting black background for AYUV buffers
  • 710433 : androidmedia: gst_amc_avc_profile_from_string not recognize alternative profile names
  • 710451 : yadif: OSX linking fails because of unresolved symbols: " pb_1 " and " pw_1 " unreferenced
  • 710657 : avfvideosrc: fix truncated line
  • 710881 : memory leaks in hlsdemux
  • 711135 : applemedia-nonpublic: fix plugin name
  • 711156 : androidmedia: fix access to invalid buffers in the decoding loop
  • 711214 : androidmedia: fix rank for more software decoders
  • 711615 : codecparsers: Condition mistake in h264parser
  • 711721 : mpegvideoparse: Unit test fails


You can find source releases of gst-plugins-bad in the gst-plugins-bad download directory.

The git repository and details how to clone it can be found at .


The project's website is

Support and Bugs

We use GNOME's bugzilla for bug reports and feature requests.

Please submit patches via bugzilla as well.

For help and support, please subscribe to and send questions to the gstreamer-devel mailing list (see below for details).

Find us on IRC at #gstreamer.


Git is hosted on You can browse the gst-plugins-bad repository.

All code is in Git and can be checked out from there.

Interested developers of the core library, plugins, and applications should subscribe to the gstreamer-devel list.

Contributors to this release

  • Alex Ashley
  • Andoni Morales Alastruey
  • Antonio Ospite
  • Arnaud Vrac
  • Aurélien Zanelli
  • Brendan Long
  • Chen Jie
  • Edward Hervey
  • Gilles Dartiguelongue
  • Greg Rutz
  • Matej Knopp
  • Matthieu Bouron
  • Olivier Crête
  • Sebastian Dröge
  • Thiago Santos
  • Tim-Philipp Müller

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