These weeks in VideoLAN - 40

40th report about VideoLAN reports

It's been a few weeks without reports. I'm sorry, I was traveling a bit across the Ocean, and life caught up with me, a bit too much...

And of course, the VideoLAN community has been busy during that time, so a lot happened, and catching up is even harder. So, this report is probably more summarized than usual, please excuse me for that.

Features

VLC

The weeks started by fixing the Windows green lines regressions for 2.2.3 and 3.0.0 that could happen with the Direct3D9 module but also when deinterlacing the content.

The time bar of our Qt module got fixed (some clicks could be on the wrong time, compared to the tooltip), and it got more precise for seeking.

The Jack audio output can now have fixed names for inputs and outputs. This should be easier to reuse, after a VLC restart.

The libVLC has now a libvlc_navigate_popup call to open pop-up menus with BD-J disks.

Quite a bit of fixes and improvements got into the ChromeCast module, notably to clean the code, and to make it closer to the expected behavior.
No, it's not ready yet for primetime, since it's not exposed in the interface.

The Daala module is now independent from the Ogg demuxing library.

Finally, we got a large rework of the DVB scanning code, mostly for Linux, though.

And, as usual, we merged numerous fixes and this week they were mostly on Android Mediacodec, MP4 seeking, TS regressions, MKV ALBUM metadata support, code cleanup and adding more tests to the codebase.

Android

In the last 3 weeks, we published 3 different beta versions: 1.9.5, 1.9.6 and 1.9.7 were published on the Android Store.

Those beta versions are still focusing on stability and feedback from our users.

However, 1.9.7 added support for a popup-video window, so you can float your video above every other application, like this:

Popup Video Window

At the same time, we also added support for Samsung and LG split windows.

WinRT and iOS

The other mobile ports, iOS and WinRT got each a few improvements.

On WinRT, the biggest changes were on the handling of translations, using the new translations framework. The rest were minor fixes for stability.

On iOS, numerous fixes got merged for Cloud drives support and we got 2 releases in the pipe, waiting for reviews:
2.7.4 is the next iOS release, 1.0.3, the next tvOS release.

Those builds should arrive soon in your devices.

libbluray

The libbluray project received a few improvements too.

The number of locks were reduced, the AACS integration was enhanced, and a few fixes on chapters were merged.

However, the biggest changes were in the implementation of some javax.tv. classes, that were missing, notably on the javax.tv.util namespace; but other part of this namespace were improved to support more bluray menus.

That's almost all for those weeks, see you next!



This week in VideoLAN - 39

39th week of VideoLAN reports

Another week, another weekly report about VideoLAN and VLC development.

Yes, even in the winter and the cold, things are happening!

Features

VLC

The week started with more work on the Matroska (MKV) module, after the various refactoring of the previous weeks. We fixed some regressions, improved the parsing speed, but mostly fixed and improved chapters, ordered segments and edition handling.
We also had fixes for Matroska scripts commands and a lot of this work should prepare the module for seeking improvements.

We've had improvements on the Samba modules, notably to support >2GB files on Android and spaces in filenames.
Similar improvements were made for the SFTP module.

We've finally migrated to Lua 5.3, in the contribs and in the core module. We still have some rough edges to fix, though.

In a similar way, we're also preparing the transition to Qt5.6, notably for Windows.

Finally, we've fixed typoes in the x264 and Qt modules and we've introduced a --udp-timeout option for the UDP module.

Android

This week, 1.9.3 and 1.9.4 were published on the Android Store. Those 2 new betas of 2.0.0 are focused on fixing important regressions and issues.

We notably fixed:

  • video resume and playback states in various situations, including background playback,
  • notifications and control from notifications,
  • network credentials and network playback,
  • we can now set songs as ringtone from current playlist,
  • randomization for playlists,
  • we added an option to remember video playback speed,
  • we added an "Append to playlist" feature for audio media,
  • numerous crashes.

2.0.0 will come soon :)

WinRT

The WinRT port was quite active, doing some deep refactoring and changing the interface to give this:

Artists View 02_Artist_album.png

Albums View 04_Albums.png 09_Albums_dark.png

Video list 08_Videos_Dark.png

File browser 05_Files.png 13_Files_dark.png

Settings 06_Settings.png

That's all for this week, see you next!



These weeks in VideoLAN - 38

38th week of VideoLAN reports

Another double-week report about VideoLAN and VLC development.

Features

VLC

After the major work of the previous weeks on the topic, the week started with quite a few fixes on credentials and dialogs.

We then repaired the Avahi service discovery (that has been broken for years), so that it can discover SMB, FTP, SFTP and NFS shares on Linux.

The Qt playlist now allows to sort by disc number, and the search field is accessible with Ctrl+K shortcut.

The Windows Direct3D11 module was improved to avoid some GPU buffer copies; this will restrict the module to versions of Windows more recent than Windows 7 SP1, since we need D3D11.1. In a similar way, we've improved the Direct3D9 for performance, device management and to get more debug information.

Fran├žois made, once again, improvements on the TS module, notably about EPG and channels management; and simplified the standards (DVB, ARIB, ATSC) selection. The support for DVB subtitles was improved too.

We've then had some major MKV demuxer code cleaning, code simplification, but also some parsing speed improvements.

An external contributor gave us support for the OggSpots codec.

Petri added support for public key authentication in our SFTP module.

We fixed regressions and a crash on the MediaCodec module for Android.

Finally, we've had fixes for ALAC inside MKV issues, HTTP redirect, SFTP browsing, Qt recents, and for crashes in chroma conversions.

Android

In the last 2 weeks, we've published 3 betas of the future 2.0.0 VLC for Android: 1.9.0, 1.9.1 and 1.9.2.

It brings a lot of features, but notably:

  • network disk browsing (Windows shares, UPnP, NFS, FTP, SFTP...),
  • favorite folders and URLs,
  • video playlists (and control),
  • Full Android 6.0 compatibility (including permissions)
  • rewritten notifications and control,
  • rewritten history (permanent, not like in the 0.9 days, and disable in preferences),
  • cleaner preferences
  • lots of small improvements

It is also a merge of Android TV and Android versions, so that every device can optionally get the Android TV interface.

Please note that we have a new repository for examples on how to use libVLC on Android. It contains both a Java application and a Native application.

WinRT

On the WinRT front, we've been quite active on performance and interface.

The interface should now be mostly usable with a keyboard or a gamepad, to be more Universal.

The interface got a few refinement, notably to simplify the main user interface and use only the SlideShow in the music pages.

Hopefully a new beta quite soon.

libdvdcss

A few fixes on libdvdcss, this week, to fix the cache on Linux systems. A 1.4.1 release will probably follow.

That's all for these 2 weeks! See you next!



This week in VideoLAN - 37

37th week of VideoLAN reports

Another week, another weekly report about VideoLAN and VLC development.

Yes, I'm still here, and code is still happening :)

Features

VLC

The week started by numerous patches cleaning the codebase. This is a trend we've seen a lot in VLC lately, and is a great sign.

Thomas removed a few weird JNI interdependencies between modules, libVLC and libVLCjni for Android. The modules do not depend anymore on code in the libVLCjni library.
Related to that, the way to get access to the JavaVM pointer inside VLC is now simpler, and the applications using libVLC does not need to pass it anymore explicitly.

We then got quite a few patches for the adaptive streaming module, to cleanup the connection process and possibly allow the connections to use VLC's core.

To continue the work of the previous weeks, we got a few changes on the keystore APIs:

  1. a new module was introduced for in-memory storage, so that the keys are valid during the same session,
  2. a new module named plaintext_file was introduced, disabled by default for obvious security reasons, since the storage is in plaintext,
  3. a new module named crypt_file was introduced, and should be usable when the system can store securely files,
  4. the crypto module was implement for Android 6.0 and later, where the data will be stored in the secure-zone, using Android Keystore System,
  5. and, of course, small fixes in the core and related modules for those APIs.

So, in practice, we're almost good, for storing passwords. We're just missing Windows and iOS.

We also got numerous fixes in the Qt module, notably to fix resizing issues and crashes in the customize dialog.
And the Qt module was renamed from qt4 to qt, since it's compatible with both Qt4 and Qt5.

We got a large patchset to fix crashes and security issues in the RealRTSP module (disabled by default). They were backported for 2.2.3.

The Windows green line issue on Direct3D was fixed and backported for 2.2.3, and hopefully, for good. :)

The TS demuxer had improvements for the EIT and the EPG, notably for now_playing information.

Finally, we got various improvements, notably for the duration of some MP4 files, and numerous fixes for leaks and buildsystem improvements.

Android

As we're preparing for Android 2.0.0, we've focused on adding the last missing features and bug fixing:

  • the libraries were split between libvlc and libvlcjni,
  • prepare the storage of users and passwords in the crypto store,
  • improvements for external displays handling,
  • improve the switch to video for some streams,
  • add a new video playlist icon,
  • fix playlist item duplication,
  • fix crashes FilePicker and parsing subdirectories
  • fix video lock control,
  • prepare for Appcompat 23.2,
  • we now pause onaudiofocus loss, instead of stopping the stream,
  • and finally JNI vout refactoring.

WinRT

The WinRT translations system was moved to a new version of the Multilingual Toolkit, which was one of the major remaining issue for the port to UWP.

We improved the UI, notably for album and artists views, the video player, activate mouse gestures and improve libVLCX in UWP mode.

libbluray

On libbluray, we've had improvements on the loading of libmmbd and libbdplus, which are incompatible between each other.

We've also had improvements on Xlet and BDLocator and minor fixes.

On libaacs, we've mostly seen fixes for Windows directories that contain non-ASCII paths.



This week in VideoLAN - 36

36th VideoLAN report

And back to a normal schedule, this post is a weekly report about what happened in the VLC and VideoLAN communities, this week.

Features

VLC

This week was a calm week on VLC, for once.

We now receive the UPnP server icon, in the service discovery, and it should be also available through libVLC.

On the TS demuxer side, we now do full sections assembling which will allow to do CRC32 checks.

At the same time, we received 2 Japanese TV fixes, one for ISDB-T, one for ARIB-25 decoding.

The adaptative module was renamed to adaptive.

So the week was mostly composed of numerous fixes for leaks, small crashes, const missing, library versions checks, extremely minor bugs and small 2.2.2 regressions.
We also got some Taglib improvements, but also leaks fixes and cleanups.

Android

In the same way, the Android part was calmer.

In the network servers view, you can now edit the favorites, but also the favorites addition and deletion actions are now available through the context menu.

The UPnP servers now have an icon, thanks to the improvements of VLC's core.

We received other fixes, like Android TV playlist sorting, a few crashes, better directories and network servers parsing.

WinRT

A contrario, the WinRT port was quite active.

At the end of the week, the first UWP version was running on x86 (Windows 10 TH2) and ARM (Windows 10 mobile).

As you can see here for Music: MusicPlayer-W10.png

and Video: VideoPlayer-W10.png

A lot of fixes for the interface got in, but also compilation issues, fixes for WP8.1;we also got important changes on the Pivot and the SlideShow and on the responsive sizing and animations.

libbluray

We've had a few fix about Fonts management and loading during BD-J menus.

There was a fix in the HDMV state machine, and a fix for the color loading.

Finally, we now have a new function bd_open_files to replace bd_register_file. This new function came with improvements on the system file access functions.

Hopefully, we'll have a new release soon.

That's all for this week! Thanks a lot and see you next!



These weeks in VideoLAN - 35

35th VideoLAN report

After the celebration of the 15th anniversary of VLC and the release of VLC 2.2.2, here are we back to normal weeks and here is a new report, on time.

Once again, this post is a double-week report about the VLC and VideoLAN communities; and they were very very busy.

Features and changes

VLC

Core, input

The first thing that happened after FOSDEM, was that the HTTP support for gzip and deflate was removed and split into a new module named inflate.

The biggest improvement of the past two weeks was the new API for dialogs that replaced the old one; it should be more consistent, easier to use, and is finally exposed through libVLC!
All calling applications can now manage the dialogs without the old hacks that existed.

We have now libvlc_dialog_get_context, libvlc_dialog_set_context, libvlc_dialog_set_callbacks functions to setup, and the functions libvlc_dialog_dismiss, libvlc_dialog_post_action, libvlc_dialog_post_login to do the interactions.

Network Discovery

A new module to discover mDNS/ZeroConf/Avahi/Bonjour services was merged.
It is based on libmicrodns, works on all platforms and discovers NFS, SFTP, FTP and SMB shares.

Finally, libvlc_media_discoverer_list_get was added to libVLC to have a list of services discoveries supported in this instance.

Codecs, Demuxer and filters

Vikram shared with us a large patch to support zero-copy between GStreamer decoder and the normal video output modules, when we're using GStreamer decoders inside VLC.

Tristan added new VP8 and VP9 encoders based on libvpx.

Fran├žois split the big TS demuxer in multiple files and improved a lot the support for metadata and EPG. Support for PSIP and ETT tables were added too.

Finally, we've also mapped the Vidvox Hap codec and Resolume DXV codec to our libavcodec module.

We've merged a new video filter for edge detection, as you can see here: Edge Detection

Mac OS X / iOS

The Mac OS interface, got itself a complete status bar menu, to control VLC without bringing it to the front.

In addition the OS X and iOS port, got their support for a wallet keystore module, with values that can be shared through iCloud.

The old dialogs support for OS X and iOS was removed.

A large number of Mac OS X dialogs were moved to AutoLayout, so that we can support RTL in a simpler and more correct way.

A module named bonjour was added to provide the same features as the libmicrodns module.

Miscellaneous

We also got improvements for Vimeo and Youtube support, large changes in the UPnP module, fixes on Freetype and Ogg seeking, and vmem.

We've merged quite a few patches to improve our Windows Phone and WinRT compatibility.

Android

Networking

On Android, we've finally activated SMB, mDNS and UPnP, and we've added support for NFS shares.

Once the keystore module is merged, the Android version of VLC, should support most of the common network shares.

We've added the notion of favorite network shares too.

Extensions

The extensions can now have a refresh callback and can set their icons through a custom URI.

The extensions can also easily warn if VLC is not installed.

libVLC interaction

We've added the support for the LUA extensions and the new Dialog APIs mentioned earlier in this post.

We've also improved the support for the different libc we have on different versions of Android.

TV

We've improved the support of TV running Android without being officially Android TV.

We've refactor the network discovery and added the network browsing on the TV interface.

We've done large code cleaning on the TV specific classes, and fixed numerous bugs in the main views and the remote controls.

Phone

Finally, we've added an option to disable the album art on the lockscreen, for privacy reasons!

WinRT

The WinRT port was quite busy preparing the Windows 10 port, also known as UWP.

These weeks, a lot of the design was reworked, notably in the Artist and Album sections, to better fit the new Windows 10 look.

The pivot and the sidebar were also improved for colors and behaviors. Settings and a few other pages were also fixed to support Windows 10 Mobile buttons.

The application is now working as WP8.1, Win8.1 and UWP flavours, depending on how you compile the application.

libbluray & libaacs

libaacs received the new aacs_decrypt_bus() needed for BD+ when the bus is encrypted.

libbluray was fixed to detect if the DRM implementation (AACS or MMBD) is actually working, and fallbacks in the other cases.

And both libraries got a few other minor fixes, mostly crashes related.

That's all for this week! Have fun!