08. Jun 2012 gavl-1.4.0 released
This brings a generic metadata
container, which is used by all gmerlin applications. Having the same thing
defined twice in gmerlin and gmerlin-avdecoder wasn't a good idea.
08. Jun 2012 gmerlin-1.2.0 released
08. Jun 2012 gmerlin-avdecoder-1.2.0 released
- Added a commandline recorder
- Update for the gavl metadata API.
- The GUI transcoder got advanced tagging capabilities
(mass tagging and auto-numbering)
- Updating of metadata on the fly for broadcasting plugins
- A v4l2 output plugin for redirecting the player output to a virtual
video device using v4l2loopback
08. Jun 2012 gmerlin-encoders-1.2.0 released
- Update for the gavl metadata API and a backwards compatibility layer
- Lots of new formats can be decoded: mkv with H.264 and AC3 or DTS,
Graphical subtitles in mp4 and mkv files, mkv chapters
- Support for cue files associated with a wav or flac file. The cue information
is available as an EDL structure.
- Update for more recent ffmpeg APIs
29. Mar 2012 Prereleases
- An mp3 broadcasting plugin for icecast
- Matroska support in the ffmpeg encoder with support for H.264, text subtitles and chapters.
- Writing of compressed packets to FLAC files
New prereleases are available, which bring lots of bugfixes, some new
features and new formats for de- and encoding.
Grab them here:
08. Jan 2011 gmerlin-1.0.0 released
This release brings support for
compressed streams in the transcoder,
configuration presets and lots of minor improvements and fixes.
As far as major features are concerned, the gmerlin suite is now
finished. Future developments will mostly concentrate on bugfixes. There
are some ideas for new features, but no concrete plans.
08. Jan 2011 gavl-1.2.0 released
This brings support for compressed streams as well as some
new utility functions.
08. Jan 2011 gmerlin-avdecoder-1.1.0 released
This brings support for reading compressed streams
and greatly improved sample accuracy.
27. Feb 2010: Post release fixes
Fixed packages for gmerlin, gmerlin-avdecoder and gmerlin-encoders are
available. The gmerlin-all-in-one package was also updated.
24. Feb 2010: gavl-1.1.2 released
24. Feb 2010: gmerlin-avdecoder-1.0.2 released
24. Feb 2010: gmerlin-0.4.2 released
24. Feb 2010: lemuria-2.1.0 released
- Great player simplification. Most changes are internal, but the user should notice much faster seeking. Also the GUI player now updates the video window while the seek-slider is moved.
- Simplification of the plugin configuration: In many places, where we had an extra dialog for configuring plugins, it was merged with the rest of the configuration.
- A new recorder application which records audio (with OSS, Pulseaudio, Alsa and ESound) and video (with V4L1, V4L2 or the new X11 grabber). Output can be written into files or broadcasted.
- A new encoding frontend (used by the recorder and transcoder), which allows more consistant and unified configuration of encoding setups.
- The video window of the GUI player has now a gmerlin icon and is grouped together with the other windows.
- Like always: Tons of fixes, optimizations and smaller cleanups
This brings better OpenGL detection in the configure script and adaption to the current gmerlin API. No new effects were added.
13. Jul 2009: gavl-1.1.1 released
13. Jul 2009: gmerlin-avdecoder-1.0.1 released
- Ported to OSX and MinGW
of many video processing routines
- Several smaller fixes
- Some new convenience functions
13. Jul 2009: gmerlin-0.4.1 released
- Ported to OSX and MinGW
- Major internal cleanups for faster index building and better sample accuracy.
The public API is unchanged though
- Dirac decoding support with libschroedinger
- Several fixes for decoding more files
17. Dec 2008: gavl-1.1.0 released
- Jack audio I/O
- Better webcam support
- Support for the new parallelization features of gavl. Many video filters
got parallelized as well.
- Ported the yadif deinterlacer from mplayer
- Better default visualization
- A video thumbnailer
- Lots of fixes
17. Dec 2008: gmerlin-avdecoder-1.0.0 released
Gmerlin-avdecoder now has all features, which where initially planned
(plus much more). Therefore, the version is 1.0.0.
17. Dec 2008: gmerlin-0.4.0 released
- Timecode export for many formats
- Redcode demuxer
- JPEG-2000 support (red variant only)
- Support for recent ffmpeg versions
- Support for standards based RTSP/RTP streams
- Support for mms over http.
- Some new redirector formats
22. July 2008: gavl-1.0.1 released
- Lots of bugfixes
- Timecode support
- Filters for displaying and tweaking timecodes.
- Timecodes can be exported into quicktime timecode tracks.
- Albums can now be created from directories with the "watch directory" option.
This causes the album to remain synchronized with that directory if files are added or deleted.
Some minor cleanups and fixes.
22. July 2008: gmerlin-avdecoder-0.1.8 released
- Lots of new, especially professional, formats like MXF, AVCHD, HDV and MPEG-2 in Quicktime
- Many formats can now be opened in a sample accurate mode. This is achieved by parsing the
whole file and building an index. The indices are cached on disk if building them takes longer
than a user specified time.
- Edit list informations contained in Quicktime- or MXF files are now exported.
- Subtitle timestamps and chapter seekpoints are now exported in their native timescales.
22. July 2008: gmerlin-effectv-1.0.0 released
These are gmerlin ports of some of the
Get them at the download page.
22. July 2008: gmerlin-0.3.8 released
This release fixes lots of bugs and compilation errors. A new feature is support for EDLs.
13. May 2008: gavl-1.0.0 released
New in this release are grayscale formats, floating point Y'CbCr(A), SSE and SSE2 accelerated routines and
64 bit audio samples. gavl is now considered API stable and ready for production use. Please note
that for compiling gmerlin against gavl-1.0.0, you need the latest CVS version.
19. January 2008:gavl benchmarks available
Benchmarks are generated automatically. To do benchmarks yourself, get gavl from CVS, compile it and type
./benchmark -a -html
in the src directory. Without the
-html option, you'll get plain text output.
09. January 2008:gavl-0.2.7,
New in this release are DVB(-T) support, string translations, A/V filters,
a new music visualization architecture and some minor goodies
02. July 2007: lemuria-1.2.2 released.
- A DVB plugin, which loads channel maps created with the
and opens an album with all channels found. Currently, only DVB-T support is tested. DVB-C and
DVB-S support is implemented but untested (reports are welcome).
- The player and transcoder now support chapters. In the player, you have a menu and shortcuts
to switch chapters. In the transcoder you can define chapters, which will be written to the file,
if the encoder plugin supports it (currently only the
- The player and transcoder can now load audio and video filters. Video filters include Blur, Equalizer
(brightness, hue, saturation, contrast), Flip, Deinterlace and Decimate. For audio filters, we load
- Localization. Initial German translation (not completely done yet).
- A/V streams can now be switched during playback.
- gavl now has MMX optimized scaling routines with up to 800% speedup.
- gmerlin_avdecoder now plays DTS streams
- A keyboard daemon, which can bind arbitrary shell commands to multimedia keys. A GUI tool lets you
configure the keys.
- Automatically generated manpages for all applications, which accept commandline options
- Launching a webbrowser with user documentation from the GUI applications
- Partly rewritten A/V pipelines for more speed, greater flexibility and fewer crashes
- Music visualizations: Can be run in the player window or by a separate visualizer program. Support for
- Lemuria now comes as a gmerlin-native and a
libvisual plugin and became part of the gmerlin-all-in-one package
- OpenGL accellerated video playback
- ffmpeg based demultiplexer for decoding lots of new formats (including Matroska and Monkey's Audio)
- Tweaking of A/V Settings (including filter-chains) during playback
- Improved still image viewing support
This brings some new visualizations and a few bugfixes. It's the last lemuria release
as an xmms-1.x plugin.
30. November 2006:gavl-0.2.5,
This release brings mostly bugfixes, new documentation and some smaller new features.
11. July 2006: gavl-0.2.4,
- Fixed many compilation errors, crashes and hangs
- The gmerlin player is now available as a commandline version. Type
for supported options.
- Tons of new formats and codecs. The number of unsupported formats is
really low now.
- Source code cleaned up, lots of unneeded stuff was removed.
- Albums, which open discs (audio cds, VCDs and DVDs) now have an eject
- Blending of transparent overlays onto other transparent overlays
is now done correctly
- Reference documentation for the
(not complete yet).
- texinfo User
- lcdproc support was fixed.
This release brings support for OSD, subtitles and
(finally) DVD playback.
3. February 2006: gavl-0.2.3,
- A DVD player plugin with support for multiple audio streams (MPEG-1, AC3 or LPCM),
subtitles and multiple angles. DVD menus are not supported.
- Lots of bugs where fixed (including a serious one, which caused gmerlin
to crash instantly during startup on some systems). Thanks to all, who
helped fixing this.
- Overall support for subtitles (both text and graphical) in the
player and the transcoder.
- OSD support
- Subtitles can be read/written from/to separate files. Supported subtitle
formats are srt, MPSub and the
- Greatly improved
with encoding support for MPEG-4 (mp4) files with multichannel AAC audio
and H.264 video.
- Encoding of Ogg files with any combination of
- The transcoder now supports audio volume normalization, 2-pass transcoding
and postprocessing. A postprocessor is a plugin, which takes all produced
files after transcoding and further processes them. There are postprocessors
for burning WAV files to audio CDs with CD-Text
(using cdrdao) and
burning MPEG-files to VCDs
(using vcdimager and
- Fixed some bugs in the Alsa plugin, which caused occasional glitches.
- A decoding plugin for mikmod.
It calls the mikmod executable, so it doesn't have any compilation
requirements. You cannot seek in module files, but you can transcode
them into something seekable.
- Decoding support for Flash Video (FLV).
- Fixed the volume control in 32 bit mode
- Made Audio CD playback via the CD ripper possible. It's for people, who
don't have an analog cable from the CD-drive to the soundcard. Go to
Preferences -> Input options and disable bypass mode. It might be wise to
disable paranoia mode in the configuration of the CD player plugin as well.
- CDDB support for Audio CD Metadata
Both musicbrainz and cddb can be en-/disabled indivdually.
- The player and transcoder now have options for forcing high quality floating
point processing. For the player, this will, e.g. enable 24 bit output even
if the input has 8 or 16 bits. In the transcoder, floating point processing is
selectable for each stream separately.
This release focusses mostly on video features. New features are:
- The player now supports viewing still images, a slideshow mode is also included.
- GUI for selection of audio and video streams for tracks which have more than one
- gavl now supports high quality video formats like 16 bit YUV (4:2:2 and 4:4:4),
16 bit RGB(A) and floating point RGB(A).
- New scaling algorithms: Quadratic, Cubic (Bspline, Mitchell, Catmul-Rom) and
Sinc with Lanczos window (arbitrary order). All methods work in all pixelformats directly.
- Overall support for all flavours of chroma placements. If you
select a quality level above 3 for video conversions, chroma placement will be
handled correctly in pixelformat conversions.
- Support for deinterlacing. Available deinterlacing methods are copy and scale for now.
- gavl was changed for handling of generic audio channel setups. Maximum
number of audio channels was increased to 128.
- New playable fileformats: Elementary MPEG-1/2 video streams, raw DV files,
DV type 1 AVIs, AIFF-C files, FLI animations, NSV, OGM, NIST Sphere, Ircam, Amiga IFF and raw gsm.
- New video codecs: v210 (10 bit YUV 4:2:2), v408 (8 bit YUVA 4:4:4), VP5, VP6, Ogg Theora
- New audio codecs: GSM6.10, Quicktime 24/32 bit, float 32/64 bit, Speex
- Read support for PBM/PGM/PPM images, write support for PPM and BMP images
- Read/Write support for PNG images with 16 bits per channel.
- Read/Write support for yuv4mpeg streams (needs the latest CVS version of
- Encoding of MPEG-1/2 Video/System/Program streams (needs the latest CVS version of
Encoding modes for VCD, SVCD and DVD
are supported as well.
- Cut, Copy & Paste for albums.
- Keybaord shortcuts (see the usersguide).
- http proxy support. Note that not all proxies might support all streams. Proxy authentication
is supported as well.
- Samba urls (starting with smb://) can now be loaded.
- Reference documentation for gavl and
6. June 2005: gmerlin-dependencies and gmerlin-all-in-one fixed
There was a tiny bug in both packages, which caused compilation to fail on some systems.
If you don't want to download the huge files again, edit the file
tools/get_directory.sh in each package and change the second line from
find -name '*?' -type d -maxdepth 1
find -name '[^.]*' -type d -maxdepth 1
Furthermore, if you install gmerlin-all-in-one into the default directory (/usr/local), you might need to
set the enviroment variable PKG_CONFIG_PATH before:
It turns out, that you need a quite recent linux distribution, also because the dependencies require some
features not found in older distributions.
4. June 2005: gavl-0.2.2,
gmerlin-0.3.2, gmerlin-visualizer-1.0.2 and
This release brings Audio CD playback to gmerlin and makes the
transcoder a full featured CD-Ripper which writes wav, OggVorbis, mp3, flac and
AAC. New features include:
16. Jan. 2005 Files fixed
- An Audio CD plugin: It supports direct playback to the soundcard as well as ripping with
cdparanoia. Metadata are read from CDtext information or downloaded from
Musicbrainz. Musicbrainz data is cached
in ~/.gmerlin/cdaudio_metadata/. Portable CDROM access is realized with
- Yes, gmerlin has LOTS of dependencies, and a lot of brain load was spent on this issue.
Lazy users can now compile and install everything using just 2 tarballs: gmerlin-dependencies
(for some 3rd party dependencies) and gmerlin-all-in-one, which contains all gmerlin packages.
To keep the amount of overall labor at a reasonable level, RPMs are no longer distributed.
- Since everyone is talking about tabbed browsing, it was realized for gmerlin too.
Take a look.
- Finally some documentation. The final form(at) of the documentation
isn't decided yet.
- gmerlin_avdecoder now decodes Vivo, Musepack and Tiff encoded Quicktime.
- gmerlin_avdecoder can now play files directly from anonymous ftp servers. Just drag an URL starting
ftp:// into an album.
- A new package called gmerlin_encoders with encoding plugins for Ogg Vorbis, mp3, AAC and FLAC
(more to come).
- A skin browser was added to the player. Download skins at the skins section.
- TIFF image reading and writing
- BMP image reading
- The Alsa mixer was reworked a bit and should be more convenient now.
- A remote control interface lets you control various functions of the player and transcoder
from the command line. Type
gmerlin_transcoder_remote without any arguments
to see the options.
- The player has now two new special purpose albums: Incoming for tracks, which are loaded from
the remote or the commandline and Favourites for organizing your media collection with a
minimum of mouse clicks
- A software video scaler was added to gavl. Available scaling algorithms for now are nearest
neighbour and bilinear interpolation. In the player, you can enable it, if hardware
scaling is not possible. In the transcoder, you can scale the source video to any size
Due to a problem in the file release system at sourceforge, some
files uploaded yesterday were terribly broken. All files on the download page
(source and rpm) should be fixed now. We apologize for any inconvenience.
15. Jan. 2005 gavl-0.2.1,
gmerlin-0.3.1, gmerlin-visualizer-1.0.1 and
15. Jan. 2005 lemuria-1.2.1 releasesd
- Like always, fewer bugs. Some serious crashes, hangs and memory leaks
have been removed.
- A new transcoder application. For now, you can create
Quicktime or AVI
WAV files and series of single images (jpeg, tga and png). More encoders will come
in the next release.
- Elementary AAC Streams (ADTS and ADIF) are now supported. Including ID3V1/V2 tags.
are also supported.
- Greatly improved support for AVI, MPEG-4 and Quicktime. We play many more
- Speed <-> Quality sliders for format conversions
- Support for MPEG-2 streams with lpcm audio
- Lots of uncompressed YUV and RGB decoders for Quicktime
- Initial support for LCDproc
- Support for high quality audio resampling using the
secret rabbit code.
- You can now import entire directory trees into the mediatree.
- TGA image I/O, decoding of TGA encoded quicktime
- The player now has a volume control. It's a complete software solution,
so it won't disturb your mixer settings.
- The album windows have a toolbar with some buttons and a display
for the total time of the album. You can hide it if it bothers you.
- Support for tooltips. Switch them off if they bother you.
- Support for smil redirectors
- RPMs are now built for Fedora Core 3
This release brings no new visualizations (sorry, no time for that) but fixes
some serious bugs.
21. July 2004 gmerlin-0.3.0 releasesd
- A random crash, which occurred only, if goom was not found, was removed.
- More conservative optimization options for the xaos directory make compilation
with newer gcc versions possible
- The config button of gmerlin visualizer is now disabled when lemuria is selected
in the list (Yes, lemuria still has NO config options).
After more than 2 years of silence, gmerlin is back on the road.
It's a complete rewrite of the code. Right now, it doesn't have all the
features of the 0.1.x series. These are the main things, that changed:
21. July 2004 lemuria-1.2.0 released
- Programming language was downgraded from C++ to C. Compilation
should be much easier now.
- No more 3rd party libraries inside the source tree. The
availability of multimedia related libraries has much improved over the last 2
years, so we can link them externally now.
- Much cleaner and more modular code. A large part of the gmerlin code
can be reused by other applications.
- Design philosophy was changed from the "all in one" application to
separated, easier to maintain, programs.
- Check the Application page for the
applications we have so far. More to come.
- Most media decoding is done with a new library
gmerlin_avdec, which is avaibale as a separate
The XaoS realtime fractal zoomer
is now integrated in the source for rendering animated fractals into lemurias backgrounds. Some other weird stuff
was also added. Grab it at the download page.
21. July 2004 New Website online
In preparation of the upcoming releases, the website got a new face.