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Release notes for GStreamer Bad Plugins 1.7.2

The GStreamer team is pleased to announce the second release of the unstable 1.7 release series. The 1.7 release series is adding new features on top of the 1.0, 1.2, 1.4 and 1.6 series and is part of the API and ABI-stable 1.x release series of the GStreamer multimedia framework. The unstable 1.7 release series will lead to the stable 1.8 release series in the next weeks. Any newly added API can still change until that point.

Binaries for Android, iOS, Mac OS X and Windows will be provided separately during the unstable 1.7 release series.

"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

  • 719849 : [PLUGIN-MOVE] move mpg123 to -ugly
  • 729485 : avfvideosrc: Cannot reconfigure caps
  • 733959 : hlsdemux: download bitrate algorithms don't reflect real download rate
  • 737786 : android: Upstream one of the android video source implementations
  • 744367 : mpegtsmux: add HEVC support
  • 748507 : mpegtsmux: set non-0 payload length in PES header if video ES packet is small enough
  • 752374 : dashdemux: gst_dash_demux_get_live_seek_range should not return negative values
  • 752688 : wayland: improve check for wayland-scanner
  • 756207 : videoaggregator: Setting aspect ratio crops the frame
  • 756252 : Resurrect NetSim
  • 757597 : codecparsers: Add VP9 parser
  • 757602 : adaptivedemux: improved error message if availabilityStartTime is missing for a live stream
  • 757655 : dashdemux: cannot get segment availability start time if segment duration is not present
  • 757951 : adaptivedemux: set src element to ready before flushing the input pad
  • 758516 : mpegtsbase: Add condition to check for non working negative rate
  • 759158 : dashdemux/mssdemux: add support for snapping seek flags
  • 759679 : gl: unused function '_get_plane_width'
  • 759743 : dashdemux: getting clock compensation using HTTP HEAD uses an incorrect year
  • 759860 : glupload: Attaches composition overlay when not supported
  • 759869 : glimagesink: navigation messages are not posted on the bus
  • 759902 : glshader: fix usage documentation
  • 759913 : glbufferpool: Fix build error
  • 760090 : gst-plugins-bad: implicit declaration of function ‘gst_init’
  • 760120 : dashdemux: memory leak in gst_dash_demux_update_manifest_data
  • 760242 : rtmpsink: should get streamheaders from caps instead of first buffer.
  • 760270 : videoparse: add support of padded video
  • 760328 : adaptivedemux: tests: clean tests
  • 760559 : glvideomixer ! glimagesink deadlocks on resize
  • 760594 : decklinkvideosrc: does not support capture in RGB mode
  • 760600 : tests: memory leak in test HTTP source
  • 760696 : gl: Regression with caps ref-couting
  • 760873 : GstGLVideoMixerPad vertex_buffer leaks when pad dynamic removed
  • 760936 : dash, mpdparser: Fix the bug when getting the URL of index segment by SegmentBase
  • 760972 : glwindow: Fix android build
  • 760982 : adaptivedemux: memory leak of stream- > internal_pad
  • 761014 : h264parse: sends unnecessary caps events/queries for every (unchanging) SPS/PPS when converting to byte-stream (android mediacodec)
  • 761108 : uvch264_src: Fix caps memory leak
  • 761109 : acmenc/acmmp3dec: remove unnecessary break after return
  • 761230 : tinyalsa: Add a new sink plugin using tinyalsa
  • 761458 : adaptivedemux: Unused GstSegment variable in download loop
  • 761460 : player: Makefile does not use configured PKG_CONFIG_PATH when performing introspection scan
  • 761519 : gl: Activate " qos " in filters
  • 761538 : gst_gl_insert_debug_marker called with no current context
  • 761578 : GstGLContext didn't get unref correctly
  • 761606 : Move H.265 RTP payloader/depayloader from -bad to -good
  • 761704 : POTFILES.skip is out of date
  • 762013 : curlhttpsink: Problem in curlhttpsink when qtmux uses faststart, don't send empty buffers
  • 762171 : soundtouch plugin is not shipped
  • 758158 : opusdec: in-band FEC has no effect


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

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Please submit patches via bugzilla as well.

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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
  • Alex Ashley
  • Arun Raghavan
  • Aurélien Zanelli
  • Bob Holcomb
  • David Fernandez
  • David Waring
  • Florent Thiéry
  • Florin Apostol
  • George Kiagiadakis
  • Haihua Hu
  • Holger Kaelberer
  • Hyunjun Ko
  • Ilya Konstantinov
  • Jan Schmidt
  • John Chang
  • Julien Isorce
  • Julien MOUTTE
  • Julien Moutte
  • Justin Kim
  • Luis de Bethencourt
  • Matt Crane
  • Matthew Waters
  • Nicolas Dufresne
  • Philippe Normand
  • Piotr Drąg
  • Reynaldo H. Verdejo Pinochet
  • Sebastian Dröge
  • Sergey Borovkov
  • Sreerenj Balachandran
  • Stian Selnes
  • Thiago Santos
  • Thibault Saunier
  • Tim Sheridan
  • Tim-Philipp Müller
  • Vincent Penquerc'h
  • Vineeth TM
  • Wang Xin-yu (王昕宇)
  • Youness Alaoui

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