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Release notes for GStreamer 0.8.1 "Snow Brigade"

The GStreamer team is happy to announce a new release in the 0.8.x stable series of the GStreamer streaming-media framework.

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 only contains core functionality. For actual media playback, you will need other modules. GStreamer Plug-ins contains a huge set of additional plugins. GStreamer FFmpeg contains a plugin based on the popular FFmpeg decoding library. These modules need not have the same source version as the core, as long as they are in the 0.8.x series.

Features of this release

  • Parallel installability with 0.6.x series
  • Internationalization
  • New translations in this release: Swedish, Afrikaans, Azerbeaijani
  • Translations: af, az, fr, nl, sr, sv
  • New scheduler: entry
  • Reworked capabilities and negotiation subsystem
  • Reworked tagging subsystem
  • Reworked interactivity subsystem (for DVD playback)
  • Consistent error and debug signaling
  • Dynamic debug logging
  • Portability fixes
  • Binding support fixes
  • ChangeLog use
  • Coding style consistency

Bugs fixed in this release

  • 136841 : Some code will need to be rewritten to compile against gc...
  • 136904 : [opt] support loop in multi-loop based group
  • 137279 : [patch] dispose/finalize functions for gst core elements
  • 137625 : HAVE_ATOMIC_H is not used
  • 138705 : Problem testing gstreamer 0.8.0
  • 139002 : Compilation error
  • 139109 : Compilation of gst-plugins fails because of errors in header
  • 139617 : v4l2src ! spider ! ximagesink : crashes


You can find source releases of gstreamer in the gstreamer 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 gstreamer 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.


Applications already ported to use GStreamer 0.8.x include the GNOME desktop components like gnome-media and nautilus-media, as well as other GNOME applications including sound-juicer, totem and RhythmBox.

Contributors to this release

  • Andy Wingo
  • Benjamin Otte
  • Christian Rose
  • Colin Walters
  • David Schleef
  • Jan Schmidt
  • Johan Dahlin
  • Martin Soto
  • Mətin Əmirov
  • Petri Jooste
  • Ronald Bultje
  • Tim-Philipp Müller
  • Thomas Vander Stichele

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