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Release notes for GStreamer Plug-insĀ 0.8.5 "Take You On"

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: Oriya
  • Translations: af az cs en_GB hu nl or sq sr sv uk
  • licensing corrections
  • new element: mngdec
  • pixel aspect ratio conversion fixes
  • 64 bit fixes
  • NEW_MEDIA fixes
  • ogm support added
  • matroska fixes
  • playbin fixes
  • alsamixer fixes
  • gnomevfssrc fixes
  • ogg fixes
  • multifdsink fixes
  • multifilesink fixes
  • qtdemux fixes
  • avidemux fixes
  • asfdemux fixes
  • wavenc fixes
  • flac fixes
  • fli/flx fixes
  • mpeg fixes
  • speex now actually works

Bugs fixed in this release

  • 119376 : Playback out of sync for mpeg videos from DVB
  • 126922 : [qtdemux] demuxes incorrectly
  • 135528 : [ximagesink] crashes on resize
  • 137748 : [ffdec_wmav2] jaggy video for homeShopping.asf
  • 139194 : [gstplay] doesn't play media with only video
  • 139588 : In Alsa tab, binary value options appear as a slider and ...
  • 142268 : avidemux forwards flush events event when not seeking
  • 147441 : typefind recognizes ELF files as audio/mpeg
  • 148283 : ** ERROR **: file gst-register.c: line 138 (main): assert...
  • 148993 : Gstreamer fails to play Faac created aac file
  • 149742 : [asfdemux] Can't play Shania Twain - Up.wma
  • 150589 : dirac plugin does not compile with dirac-0.4.0
  • 151416 : [PATCH] Fix CVS jhbuild build failure of gstadder.c
  • 151419 : [PATCH] Fix CVS jhbuild build failure of progressreport.c
  • 151420 : [PATCH] matroska-demux.c build failure on x86_64
  • 151421 : [PATCH] playback/test3.c build failure on x86_64
  • 151877 : [PATCH] Fix bad casts in ximagesink.c
  • 151879 : [PATCH] fix bad pointer casts in xvimagesink.c
  • 151881 : [PATCH] Fix format strings for amd64 in seek.c
  • 151882 : [PATCH] Fix format string warnings in spider_seek.c
  • 151883 : [PATCH] fix cdplayer.c warnings on amd64
  • 151884 : [PATCH] Fix format string warnings in cdparanoia.c
  • 151886 : [PATCH] Fix format string warnings in vorbisfile.c
  • 151887 : [PATCH] Fix format string warnings in player.c
  • 152091 : aspect-ratio fixes
  • 152102 : wavenc leaks events
  • 152289 : wavparse pushes buffers on unusable source pad
  • 152341 : patch for ivorbis compile failure
  • 152671 : file not playing back with BBB's gst-player
  • 152692 : Compile error with gcc 2.95
  • 152757 : playes this file in slow motion while other media players...
  • 152805 : [sunaudiosink] Deselects other input ports
  • 152806 : [sunaudiomixer] Mute functionality is broken
  • 153388 : Mpeg makes Totem hang
  • 153818 : AVI plays back extremely slowly
  • 154056 : Small leak in wavparse
  • 154301 : typefind and rmdemux don't use the same mime type for rea...
  • 154375 : avi index massaging is slow
  • 154518 : gst-plugins speex support not compatible with speex-1.0.x...


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
  • Brian Cameron
  • Christian Schaller
  • Christophe Fergeau
  • David Schleef
  • Francis Labonte
  • Gora Mohanty
  • Iain Holmes
  • Jan Schmidt
  • Johan Dahlin
  • Julien Moutte
  • Martin Eikermann
  • Nathan Robertson
  • Phil Blundell
  • Ronald Bultje
  • Scott Wheeler
  • Sebastien Cote
  • Stephane Loeuillet
  • Thomas Vander Stichele
  • Wim Taymans
  • Zaheer Abbas Merali

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