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Release notes for GStreamer Bad Plugins 1.4.4

The GStreamer team is pleased to announce a bugfix release of the stable 1.4 release series. The 1.4 release series is adding new features on top of the 1.2 series and is part of the API and ABI-stable 1.x release series of the GStreamer multimedia framework that contains new features. The 1.4.x bugfix releases only contain important bugfixes compared to 1.4.0.

Binaries for Android, iOS, Mac OS X and Windows are provided by the GStreamer project for this release.

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

The stable 1.4.x release series is API and ABI compatible with 1.0.x and any other 1.x release series in the future. Compared to 1.0.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

  • 732239 : h264parse: expose parsed profiles to downstream
  • 733510 : gltransformation produced black screen
  • 734156 : androidmedia: doesn't calculate framesize for COLOR_FormatYUV420Planar correctly
  • 736319 : dashdemux: mark first buffer as discont after restarting a download task
  • 737186 : h264parse: Return flushing if we get chained while being set to READY
  • 737569 : tsdemux: valid data is discarded if PES start packet is the first packet after discontinuity
  • 737658 : fluiddec: segmentation fault when used with fakesrc
  • 737724 : vc1parse: unref caps when it is empty in renegotiate()
  • 738067 : gl: Downloading YUY2 is broken and creates blocky artefacts
  • 738223 : fluiddec: leaks memory in gst_fluid_dec_change_state()
  • 738230 : vc1parser: fix level value for simple/main profile
  • 738243 : vc1parse: fix framesize when input is frame-layer
  • 738291 : fluiddec: leaks incoming caps event
  • 738449 : vc1parse: just assume none header-format when no codec_data is present
  • 738519 : vc1parse: parse frame header when stream format is ASF/raw for simple/main profile
  • 738532 : vc1parse: select caps according to wmv format at negotiation
  • 738674 : rtmpsink: leaking URI string
  • 738695 : mpegtsbase: do not remove programs on EOS
  • 738696 : hlsdemux: send missing stream start
  • 739277 : GstGLFilter propose allocation pass uninitialized size to gst_query_add_allocation_pool
  • 739348 : auto decision to include GL library fails
  • 739368 : gl: small memory leak in gl shader
  • 739374 : h264parse: sets srccaps too often


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

  • Antonio Ospite
  • Aurélien Zanelli
  • Edward Hervey
  • Havard Graff
  • Jesper Larsen
  • Julien Isorce
  • Lubosz Sarnecki
  • Luis de Bethencourt
  • Matej Knopp
  • Matthew Waters
  • Matthieu Bouron
  • Sebastian Dröge
  • Sreerenj Balachandran
  • Thiago Santos
  • Thibault Saunier
  • Tim-Philipp Müller
  • Vincent Abriou
  • Vivia Nikolaidou
  • Vootele Vesterblom

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