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Release notes for GStreamer Bad Plugins 1.3.91

The GStreamer team is pleased to announce the second release candidate of the stable 1.4 release series. The 1.4 release series is adding new features on top of the 1.0 and 1.2 series and is part of the API and ABI-stable 1.x release series of the GStreamer multimedia framework.

This release candidate will hopefully shortly be followed by the stable 1.4.0 release if no bigger regressions or bigger issues are detected, and enough testing of the release candidate happened. The new API that was added during the 1.3 release series is not expected to change anymore at this point.

Binaries for Android, iOS, Mac OS X and Windows are provided together with this release.

The stable 1.4 release series is API and ABI compatible with 1.0.x, 1.2.x and any other 1.x release series in the future. Compared to 1.2.x it contains some new features and more intrusive changes that were considered too risky as a bugfix.

"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

  • 711847 : vtenc: huge memory leaks
  • 712809 : d3dvideosink: Shows corrupted output on NVIDIA GPUs due to wrong stride
  • 723670 : applemedia: Fails to build on OSX < 10.8
  • 728435 : vtdec: fails to decode randomly
  • 730914 : mpegts lib : Ensure all functions/fields are introspectable and are not leaked
  • 732154 : h264parse: fix and optimize NAL collection function
  • 732203 : h264parse: improve handling of byte-stream/au format
  • 732207 : bad/gst-libs: Cleanup libraries before 1.4 release
  • 732335 : rtmpsrc: Report limited bandwidth
  • 732390 : glimagesink: Only shows green on iOS
  • 732445 : aggregator: Many invalid memory access to destroyed GSources in the unit test
  • 732529 : fix qglwtextureshare demo
  • 732535 : openni2src: Various fixes
  • 732553 : codecparsers: h264: fix identification of EOSEQ and EOS NALs
  • 732554 : watchdog: sometimes expire even when stopped and causes crash
  • 732661 : gl-cocoa: crash when aborting too early
  • 732715 : aiff,mimdec: Print invalid fourcc in error message in hex
  • 732741 : camerabin2: Fails reconfiguring the source
  • 732744 : configure: fix uninitialized variables with --disable-external
  • 732750 : videoaggregator: broken locking in setcaps function
  • 732756 : faceblur: Render black when input is GLMemory
  • 732789 : mpegts: don't confuse slice allocator with regular allocator
  • 732977 : tests/dccp: Unref parent after use
  • 732986 : mpegts: Add support for CAT section and CA descriptor
  • 733013 : opus: Fix a double-unref in the Opus header code


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

  • Alessandro Decina
  • Arun Raghavan
  • Edward Hervey
  • Gwenole Beauchesne
  • Göran Jönsson
  • Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig)
  • Jan Schmidt
  • Julien Isorce
  • Matthew Waters
  • Matthieu Bouron
  • Nicolas Dufresne
  • Philip Withnall
  • Sebastian Dröge
  • Sebastian Rasmussen
  • Stefan Ringel
  • Thiago Santos
  • Thibault Saunier
  • Tim-Philipp Müller
  • Vincent Penquerc'h
  • Wang Xin-yu (王昕宇)

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