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VLC media player 3.0 released
« on: February 09, 2018, 08:42:03 PM »
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Changes between 2.2.8 and 3.0.0:
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Platform support changes:
 * 3.0.x will be maintained as a LTS (best-effort basis, mostly for security)
   that will be the last working version for quite a few systems.

   Indeed the 3.0.x branch will contain the last releases running on:
     - Windows XP, Vista, and the servers equivalent of those Windows versions
     - macOS 10.7, 10.8 & 10.9, iOS 7 & 8
     - Android 2.x, 3.x, 4.0.x & 4.1.x
     - Compilers before gcc 5.0 and clang 3.4, or equivalent

 * For the 3.0 branch, please note:
   * The Windows XP/2003/2003R2 support for VLC is now on a best-effort basis:
     it should work, but not without limitations.
     libVLC support for Windows XP is deprecated.
     You _really_ should upgrade to a more modern Windows version!
   * Windows Vista (all versions) without Platform Upgrade is not supported.
   * 64bit version of VLC for Windows is recommended.
   * Linux support requires now a kernel newer than 2.6.26.
   * Mac OS X 10.6 support is now removed. You need OS X 10.7.

Core:
 * Support network browsing for distant filesystems (SMB, FTP, SFTP, NFS...)
   and rewrite the parsing of the media files and inputs
 * Support keystores: fetch and store passwords securely (sic!) for common
   protocols (HTTP, SMB, SFTP, FTP, RTSP ...)
 * Autodetect external audio tracks (ac3, m4a, aac, dts...) similar to subtitles
 * Support HDMI passthrough for Audio HD codecs, like E-AC3, TrueHD or DTS-HD
 * Support for 12bits codec and extended colorspaces (HDR)
 * Support output renderers, like ChromeCast
 * VLC now assumes vlcrc config file is in UTF-8
 * Support portable version of Windows build (create a "portable/" folder)
 * Support wayland surface type
 * Allow to start the video paused on the first frame
 * Refactor preparsing input
 * EPG rework: table and single event updates, now using network time
 * Refactor and fix subtitles es selection. Demuxers can now override
   es category single only or multiple es behavior
 * Support for 360 video and audio, including viewpoint modification
 * Support for ambisonic audio and more than 8 audio channels
 * Support subtitles size live adjustments

Access:
 * New NFS access module using libnfs
 * New SMB access module using libdsm
 * Adaptive streaming:
   * Rewrite MPEG-DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) support, including
     MPEG2TS and ISOBMFF profiles
   * Support HDS (Http Dynamic Streaming) from Adobe (f4m, f4v, etc.)
   * Large rework of the Smooth Streaming module
   * Replaced httplive stream filter with new HLS demuxer, replaced smooth
     stream filter with new Smooth demuxer, both using unified adaptive module
   * Support HLSv4-7, including MP4 and raw muxing and ID3 tags
 * Support decompression and extraction through libarchive (tar, zip, rar...)
 * New HTTP/TLS access module for HTTP 2.0 support
 * Improvements of cookie handling (share cookies between playlist items,
   domain / path matching, Secure cookies)
 * Support DVB-T2 on Windows BDA
 * Support depayloading Opus from RTP
 * New UPnP access module, to list directories without infinite recursions
 * SMB/FTP/SFTP accesses can list directories
 * Support sftp username and passwords options in URL, and key authentication
 * New WASAPI audio capture module on Windows
 * New "concat" access module for concatenating byte streams
 * Named pipes and device nodes are no longer included in directory listings
   by default. Use --list-special-files to include them back.
 * Support for timeout in UDP input --udp-timeout=<seconds>
 * New SAT>IP access module, to receive DVB-S via IP networks
 * Improvements on DVB scanning
 * BluRay module can open ISO over network and has full BD-J support
 * Support for DVD ISO over network
 * New SRT access module using libsrt

Hardware Decoder:
 * Support HEVC hardware decoding on Windows, using DxVA2 and D3D11
 * Support hardware decoding using Direct3D11, including GPU-zerocopy mode,
   and hardware filtering, for deinterlace and adjust
 * DxVA2 GPU-zerocopy for hardware decoding and displaying on Windows,
   and support for hardware filtering, for deinterlace and adjust
 * Support HEVC hardware decoding using OMX and MediaCodec (Android)
 * Use MediaCodec via NDK native API after Android Lollipop
 * Support MPEG-2, VC1/WMV3 on Android using MediaCodec
 * OMX GPU-zerocopy support for decoding and display on Android using OpenMax IL
 * Support 4:4:4 and 4:2:2 chroma samplings with VDPAU hw acceleration
 * Important VAAPI improvements for 10bits, HEVC, direct-rendering support
 * Support VP9 and WMV3 decoding using OMX and performance improvements
 * Important improvements for the MMAL decoder and output for rPI and rPI2
 * New hardware accelerated decoder for OS X and and iOS based on Video Toolbox
   supporting H.263, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, H.265/HEVC, MPEG-4 Part 2, and DV

Decoders:
 * Support for experimental AV1 video
 * Support for ARIB STD-B24 subtitles
 * Support for experimental Daala video
 * New MPEG-1 & 2 audio layer I, II, III + MPEG 2.5 decoder based on libmpg123
 * New BPG decoder based on libbpg
 * Fix uncompressed DVD-Audio (AOB) LPCM decoding
 * Rewrite WPL playlists and add ZPL playlists support (Zune)
 * Support TDSC, Canopus HQX, Cineform, SpeedHQ, Pixlet, QDMC and FMVC codecs
 * TTML subtitles support, including EBU-TT-D variant
 * Rewrite of webVTT subtitles support, including CSS style support
 * Support 9-bit and 10-bit GBR planar formats
 * Support for the OggSpots video codec
 * HEVC packetization is mostly fixed
 * H264 packetizer can now generate timestamps
 * Packetizers have support for captions in SEI
 * DTS packetizer handle DTS extensions (like DTS-HD): decoders like avcodec
   can now decode up to 8 channels
 * JPEG images correctly oriented using embedded orientation tag, if present
 * Support VPX high bit depth support
 * Extend MicroDVD support with color, fontname, size, position extensions
 * BluRay text subtitles (HDMV) are now decoded
 * Improve Closed Captions detection, notably inside the video streams
 * CEA-708 decoder
 * New MIDI decoder for macOS and iOS using the AudioToolbox framework, works
   without a soundfont or with SoundFont2 and DLS soundfonts

Demuxers:
 * Important rework of the MP4 demuxer, including:
    * Support for fragmented MP4
    * Support EIA-608/708 subtitles in MP4/mov
    * Support WMV and WMAV in MP4/mov, aka Flip4Mac files
    * Support bitmap audio channel reordering in MP4/mov
    * Support for RTP Reception Hint Track with H.264, GSM and Speex payloads
    * Support for XiphQT(MP4) vorbis and Flac
    * Support for VP8/VP9/VP10/AV1 in MP4
    * Support GoPro HiLight chapters
    * Support for TTML and WebVTT in ISOBMFF/MP4 and DASH
    * Add new metadata fields
 * Important rework of the TS demuxer, including:
    * Support Opus in MPEG Transport Stream
    * Fix program selection with recorded TS (TopField, DreamBox and others)
    * Fix TS playback with PAT/PMT less recordings
    * Basic support for MPEG4-SL in TS and T-DMB
    * Support SCTE-18 / EAS inside TS
    * Support for new descriptors and ETT tables
    * Support for ARIB channel logos, as attachements, ARIB TR-B21/TR-B14-1
    * Improve broken-PCR probing and fixing
    * Improvements for scrambled state detection
 * Support HD-DVD .evo (H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, PCM, AC-3, E-AC3, MLP, DTS)
 * Important rework of the PS demuxer, including:
    * HEVC support
    * Fix large number of samples, notably with PSM-less H264
    * Partial support of PSMF
    * Fix broken SCR samples
    * Fix CDXA mpeg-1 support
 * Improvements on MKV:
    * Rewrite MKV seeking
    * Support FFv1 inside MKV
    * Improve ADTS and LATM inside MKV
    * Improve DVD-menus support
 * Support for lame's replaygain extension in mpeg files
 * Support Daala in Ogg
 * Improve Chained-Ogg support
 * Fixes for DTS detection in WAV and MKV files
 * Support for Creative ADPCM/alaw/ulaw/S16L in VOC files
 * Support for Creative ADPCM in AVI
 * Support WMV extended content metadata
 * Directory Demux can now sort items, ignore extensions and hidden files
 * Support AlbumArtist and DiscNumber metadata
 * Support raw H265/HEVC files
 * Support multi-channel WAV without channel-maps
 * Support SBV subtitles
 * Support for Scenarist Closed Caption
 * Fix Quicktime Mp4 inside MKV and unpacketized VC1
 * Support for isofLaC
 * Improve fLaC seeking
 * Replace --demux dvb-open option with --stream-filter dvb to parse
   channels.conf digital TV channel list files

Stream filter:
 * Add an ADF stream filter
 * Add a ARIB STD-B25 TS streams decoder
 * Add a stream prebuffering plugin
 * Rewrite libarchive module as a stream_extractor
 * Remove HTTP Live streaming stream filter
 * Add a zlib (a.k.a. deflate) decompression filter
 * Add a skiptags module to help demuxers skip ID3/APE tags

Demux filter:
 * Add a demuxer filter chain to filter or intercept control commands and demuxing
 * Add a demuxer filter to block seeking (--demux-filter noseek)

Audio output:
 * Complete rewrite of the AudioTrack Android module, it is now the default
   module for Android. It now supports HDMI/SPDIF passthrough for AC3/DTS/EAC3,
   5.1/7.1 channels and float output, depending on the Android version.
 * Add Tizen audio module
 * HDMI/SPDIF pass-through support for WASAPI (AC3/DTS/DTSHD/EAC3/TRUEHD)
 * Support EAC3 and TRUEHD pass-through for PulseAudio
 * Important rework of the AudioUnit modules to share more code between iOS and macOS
 * Support Ambisonics audio with viewpoint changes

Audio filters:
 * Add SoX Resampler library audio filter module (converter and resampler)
 * a52tospdif and dtstospdif audio converters are merged into tospdif,
   this new converter can convert AC3, DTS, EAC3 and TRUEHD to a IEC61937 frame
 * Add a Spatialaudio module with 2 submodules:
    * an Ambisonics audio renderer, supporting up to 3rd order
    * an Binauralizer audio filter, working with Ambisonics or 5.1/7.1 streams
 * Add Headphones option in Stereo Mode: use the spatialaudio module for
   headphones effects
 * Add a pitch shifting module

Video ouput:
 * Linux/BSD default video output is now OpenGL, instead of Xvideo
 * OpenGL:
    * New OpenGL provider for Windows
    * Drop OpenGL 1.x and OpenGL ES 1 support
    * Direct rendering with OpenGL (starting OpenGL 4.4)
    * Hardware direct displaying with VA-API interop
    * Hardware direct displaying with VDPAU interop
    * Hardware direct displaying with DxVA2/D3D9Ex interop
    * Hardware direct displaying with VideoToolbox interop (iOS and macOS)
    * HDR tonemapping support through libplacebo
 * Wayland shell surface window provider
 * Wayland shared memory video output
 * Large rework of the Android video outputs: there is now Surface (2.1, 2.2)
   NativeWindow (2.3+, supports hw rotation, subpicture blending, opaque)
 * Support rotation in Android NativeWindow output and hardware decoders
 * Rename the Direct3D output module to Direct3D9
 * Add a Direct3D11 video output supporting both Windows desktop and WinRT modes,
   supporting subpicture blending and hardware acceleration
 * Support HDR10 in Direct3D11 with Windows 10 Fall Creator Update
 * EFL Evas video output with Tizen TBM Surface support

Video filter:
 * Hardware deinterlacing on the rPI, using MMAL
 * New video filter to convert between fps rates
 * Add 9-bit and 10-bit support to image adjust filter
 * New edge detection filter uses the Sobel operator to detect edges
 * Hardware accelerated deinterlacing/adjust/sharpen/chroma with VA-API
 * Hardware accelerated adjust/invert/posterize/sepia/sharpen with CoreImage
 * Hardware accelerated deinterlacing/adjust/chroma with D3D9 and D3D11

Text renderer:
 * CTL support through Harfbuzz in the Freetype module
 * New font fallback algorithm on most platforms
 * More conforming EIA608 captions layout and aspect ratio
 * More styles support for TTML, WebVTT and 708

Stream Output:
 * Chromecast output module
 * RGB24 and YCbCr 4:2:0 RTP packetization

Encoder:
 * Support for Daala video in 4:2:0 and 4:4:4
 * VP8 and VP9 encoder using libvpx

Muxers:
 * Add fragmented/streamable MP4 muxer
 * Add support for muxing VC1 and WMAPro in MP4
 * Opus in MPEG Transport Stream
 * Daala in Ogg

Service Discovery:
 * New NetBios service discovery using libdsm
 * New mDNS services discovery using libmicrodns
 * New mDNS services discovery using Bonjour (Mac OS X, tvOS, iOS)
 * Rewrite of the UPnP service discovery

Mac OS X Interface
 * Drop support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 * Support right-to-left user interface layout for right-to-left languages
 * New resizable fullscreen controller with improved design
 * Add status bar icon which displays metadata and play controls
 * Add support for keyboard blacklight dimming during fullscreen video playback
 * Improve and simplify preferences window
 * Huge performance improvements in playlist handling and other areas
 * New AppleScript API giving access to audio desynchronization
 * Expand AppleScript API for menu detection and navigation
 * Support for building with disabled sparkle update mechanism
 * Remove deprecated transcoding wizard, use convert and save dialog instead

iOS:
 * Drop support for iOS 6.x

Qt interface:
 * Batch convert support
 * It is now possible to specify 'stop-time' in Convert/Save dialog

Skins2:
 * Support key accelerators

libVLC:
 * Add libvlc_media_new_callbacks for custom input byte streams
 * Add libvlc_audio_output_device_enum to enumerate devices of current aout
 * Split of libvlc_media_discoverer_new_from_name into libvlc_media_discoverer_new,
   libvlc_media_discoverer_start and libvlc_media_discoverer_stop
   This allows to attach media events between create and start
 * Add libvlc_media_get_codec_description to get a human readable description of a codec
 * Add libvlc_MediaListEndReached Event to get notified when a media list reached the end
 * Add libvlc_media_list_player_get_media_player to get the media player instance of a list player
 * Add libvlc_media_parse_with_options that uses a flag to specify parse options
 * Add libvlc_audio_output_device_get to get the currently selected audio output device
   identifier (if there is one available)
 * Add libvlc_media_get_type to get the type of the media
 * Add libvlc_media_player_get_full_title_descriptions to get full title info of the media
   and +libvlc_title_descriptions_release to match it
 * Add libvlc_media_player_get_full_chapter_descriptions to get full chapter info of the media
   and libvlc_chapter_descriptions_release to match it
 * Deprecate libvlc_video_get_title_description, libvlc_video_get_chapter_description,
   libvlc_media_player_get_agl, libvlc_media_player_set_agl
 * Add libvlc_media_player_set_android_context to integrate in an Android surface
 * Add a new libvlc dialog API to forward dialogs requests to the applications:
   libvlc_dialog_set_context, libvlc_dialog_get_context, libvlc_dialog_set_callbacks,
   libvlc_dialog_dismiss, libvlc_dialog_post_action, libvlc_dialog_post_login
 * Add libvlc_media_discoverer_list_get|release to list the media discoverers
 * Add libvlc_media_slaves_add, libvlc_media_slaves_clear
   libvlc_media_slaves_get, libvlc_media_slaves_release to add and get slaves
   from a libvlc_media
 * Add libvlc_media_player_(get|set)_role to set the media role
 * Add libvlc_media_player_add_slave to replace libvlc_video_set_subtitle_file,
   working with MRL and supporting also audio slaves
 * Add vlc_epg_event_(New|Delete|Duplicate), vlc_epg_AddEvent, vlc_epg_Duplicate
   and removes vlc_epg_Merge

Logging
 * Support for the SystemD Journal
 * Use --syslog and --syslog-debug command line options to include debug
   messages in syslog. With --syslog, errors and warnings will be sent only.
 * New Android module for logging

Misc
 * remove langfromtelx
 * remove ZPL playlist format
 * Update libVLC doxygen modules
 * Add a text-to-speech renderer for subtitles on OS X/iOS
 * Add a text-to-speech renderer for subtitles on Windows
 * Add Gnome libsecret-based crypto keystore
 * Add KDE Kwallet-based crypto keystore
 * Add a memory keystore
 * Add a file keystore that can use a submodule to crypt secrets
 * Add Keychain based crypto keystore for iOS, Mac OS X and tvOS

Removed modules
 * Atmo video filter
 * QTCapture access module (use AVCapture instead)
 * httplive (use adaptive instead)
 * smooth (use adaptive instead)
 * Gnome-VFS access module (i.e. Gnome 2.x)
 * QuartzText text renderer module (use Freetype instead)
 * Win32 GDI text renderer module (use Freetype instead)
 * Growl notification (replaced by osx_notifications)
 * VCDX "extended" Video CD access module (use the normal VCD module)
 * Mac OS X Dialog Provider (use VLCKit instead)
 * iOS Dialog Provider (use MobileVLCKit / TVVLCKit instead)
 * QuickTime decoder module (use native codecs)
 * BD access module (use libbluray)
 * Direct2D module (use Direct3D11)
 * EyeTV access module
 * Rar access and stream filter: use libarchive
 * VDA decoder: use VT
 * Audioqueue: use audiounit
 * SDL video output module
 * DirectFB video output module
 * RAOP stream output module