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Release notes for GStreamer Plug-ins 0.8.1 "Comforting Sounds"

The GStreamer team is happy to announce a new release in the 0.8.x stable series of the GStreamer Plug-ins.

The 0.8.x series is a stable series aimed at end users. It is not API or ABI compatible with the stable 0.6.x series. It is, however, parallel installable with the 0.6.x series.

This module contains plugins providing media encoding and decoding, conversion, effects, and other elements that provide actual media handling functionality to the core. You need the GStreamer core module to make them work. The versions do not need to match exactly, as long as all of them are in the 0.8.x series.

The FFmpeg-based decoder element has been moved to its own module. If you want support for a lot of popular video formats, you need to install this module along with the GStreamer Core and Plug-ins. An FFmpeg-based colorspace element has been added to the Plug-ins however.

Features of this release

  • Parallel installability with 0.6.x series
  • Internationalization
  • New translations in this release: Swedish, Afrikaans, Azerbeaijani
  • Translations: af az nl sr sv
  • Updated to the new core 0.8 subsystems
  • Reworked play and media-info libraries
  • Updated osssink: now does probing of possible output properties
  • Updated qtdemux: fixes for MACE audio
  • New debug element: quasirandom byte changes
  • New element: dvddemux
  • New element: kiosrc, a KIO-slaves source
  • Fixes to all other elements, including level, videodrop, gnomevfssrc, speex, *law, mpeg2dec, adder, a52dec, oggdemux, matroska, mad, v4l2, cacasink
  • Portability fixes
  • ChangeLog use
  • Coding style consistency
  • Various memleak and buffer overflow fixes

Bugs fixed in this release

  • 120883 : osssink advertises more rates than it handles
  • 125732 : v4l2src don't support all YUV formats
  • 134301 : gst-plugins should depend on X
  • 135919 : Mandrake 10
  • 136477 : [PATCH] gst-launch-ext does not support .mov
  • 136527 : gdk_pixbuf makefile tried to execute targets contrains in...
  • 137348 : media-info .pc file lacks a 'Version:' line
  • 137448 : mpegaudioparse: crash (bus error)
  • 137504 : mpeg2dec fails on 422 encoded material
  • 137556 : Ogg Vorbis playback has poor spatialization
  • 137588 : ffmpegcolorspace gives critical when it should throw error
  • 137722 : Quicktime audio parsing is broken
  • 138105 : [mpeg1videoparse] Hangs while decoding everest.m1v
  • 138168 : id3tag using gst_event_new_discontinuous incorrectly?
  • 138169 : matroska-demux using gst_event_new_discontinuous without ...
  • 138635 : two GLib-GObject-CRITICAL Messages when running gst-regis...
  • 138846 : all of the ladspa-wrapped source-plugins fail to go to pl...
  • 138914 : gstgdkanimation.h is missing from gst-plugins-0.8.0
  • 139034 : Non-standard test(1) operator used in configure script
  • 139035 : Non-standard regex used as libtool argument
  • 139382 : mad decoder can resync wrongly after seek and does explic...
  • 139532 : gstcolorspace crashes when after v4lsrc (ffmpegcolorspace...
  • 139926 : id3tag's caps cause it to be plugged more than once by sp...
  • 139958 : Leak in avidemux
  • 140058 : [msmpeg4] file with broken qscale/header does not play


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


The GConf settings have moved to a versioned location and can now be found under /system/gstreamer/0.8. Applications should use the gconf library, as provided by gstreamer-gconf-0.8.pc, to access the default settings.

Contributors to this release

  • Benjamin Otte
  • Christian Schaller
  • David I. Lehn
  • David Schleef
  • Iain Holmes
  • Jan Schmidt
  • Jérémy Simon
  • Johan Dahlin
  • Julio M. Merino Vidal
  • Martin Soto
  • Petri Jooste
  • Ronald Bultje
  • Stefan Kost
  • Thomas Vander Stichele
  • Tim-Philipp Müller
  • W. Michael Petullo

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