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Release notes for GStreamerĀ 0.8.4 "Paella"

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 Translation: Czech (cs), Miloslav Trmac
  • New Translation: Catalan (ca), Jordi Mallach
  • Translations: af, az, cs, en_GB, fr, nl, sr, sv, tr, uk
  • gst_init () now behaves like gtk_init ()
  • queue fixes
  • ongoing win32 build integration
  • bytestream now has GstFilePad
  • gst-register is now i18n-ized
  • GstCaps XML-ization works again
  • Fixed enum GValue
  • Added GstFraction GValue

Known issues

  • Some applications may print warnings on the console saying something like: GStreamer-WARNING **: pad xvimagesink0:sink returned caps that are not a real subset of its template caps. It is safe to ignore this warning. It will be fixed in the next release of the GStreamer Plug-ins.

Bugs fixed in this release

  • 109831 : clocks aren't refcounted properly
  • 123774 : state change on bin should set same state change on all c...
  • 134663 : failed assertion at end of movie in totem
  • 137863 : CPU/Memory leak when using spider decoder
  • 140219 : no man page for gst-xmlinspect
  • 141378 : gstreamer crashes during initialization due to a recent c...
  • 141692 : gst_init() type function that ignores arguments it doesn'...
  • 142418 : Win32 Debug build should not be the same as the Release one
  • 142422 : Win32 Build documentation missing
  • 142795 : [PATCH] Memory leak in queue element
  • 142813 : [PATCH] Deadlock in optimal scheduler
  • 142850 : GST-Register didn't find any plugins
  • 142903 : [PATCH] fdsrc element never resets buffer offset to zero
  • 143741 : cross compiling issue
  • 143777 : [opt] problem after removing some elemnts and putting the...
  • 143953 : Crash cause by gst_data_is_writable + audioconvert
  • 144185 : Double-free memory
  • 145137 : patch to make GstCaps XML functions actually do something
  • 145338 : [PATCH] Fix a bus error in the optimal scheduler
  • 145391 : gstvalue.c: ref klasses instead of peek
  • 145520 : registry rebuilds too easily
  • 147707 : FreeBSD dosn't have strndup
  • 147713 : opt scheduler resorts the chain incorrectly
  • 147819 : [PATCH] Add some checks in the opt scheduler
  • 147894 : opt scheduler decoupled elements mismanagement
  • 147929 : [PATCH] running gst-register in non-utf8 locale can cause...


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
  • Daniel Gazard
  • David Moore
  • David Schleef
  • Jan Schmidt
  • Joe Marcus Clarke
  • Johan Dahlin
  • Miloslav Trmac
  • Ronald Bultje
  • Sebastien Cote
  • Steve Lhomme
  • Thomas Vander Stichele
  • Wim Taymans
  • Zaheer Abbas Merali

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