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Release notes for GStreamer Plug-insĀ 0.8.4 "Alias"

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 translation in this release: Albanian
  • Translations: af az cs en_GB hu nl sq sr sv uk
  • licensing corrections
  • fixes for compiling with G_DISABLE_ASSERT
  • pixel aspect ratio conversion fixes
  • tcpserversink fixes and additions
  • multifdsink can use poll now as well
  • interleave fixes
  • audioscale fixes
  • videotestsrc fixes
  • v4lsrc fixes
  • theoradec, theoraenc fixes
  • lame fixes
  • flac fixes
  • ximagesink, xvimagesink fixes
  • sunaudio fixes

Bugs fixed in this release

  • 135407 : [xviddec] shows green frames when decoding packed bitstre...
  • 140432 : Osssink and alsasink broken on nforce2 (intel8x0) soundcard
  • 140897 : Incorrect segment duration in files created with matroska...
  • 140898 : No writing application specified in matroska files create...
  • 141554 : vorbis in matroska files makes the vorbisdec plugin segfault
  • 144091 : [Solaris] audio mixer element
  • 144616 : Infinite loop in wavparse.
  • 148711 : typefind function for TTA audio files
  • 148950 : matroskademux doesn't set buffer duration
  • 148951 : matroskademux misses the tta codec in its codec list
  • 151232 : [lame] doesn't build with lame-3.90
  • 151236 : [v4l] compile failure
  • 151410 : Memory leaks in multifdsink
  • 151462 : theora plugin Makefile broken


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

  • Arwed v. Merkatz
  • Balamurali Viswanathan
  • Benjamin Otte
  • David Schleef
  • Gernot Ziegler
  • Iain Holmes
  • Jan Schmidt
  • Johan Dahlin
  • Laurent Dhima
  • Ronald Bultje
  • Sebastien Cote
  • Thomas Vander Stichele
  • Wim Taymans
  • Zaheer Abbas Merali

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