FFmpeg 4.2 "Ada", a major update that comes with AV1 support

FFmpeg 4.2 AdaBy pure chance, yesterday we published two articles talking about FFmpeg, one about how to convert audio files to other formats and another to record our desktop screen. Also yesterday, the project launched ffmpeg 4.2, codenamed "Ada", to continue improving a framework that was already very powerful and that allows us to perform many tasks related to video and audio. In fact, a lot of multimedia software is based on it.

The new version has made a total of 35 changes, among which we would highlight the support for the AV1 codec through libdav1d. The new version has arrived eight months after the previous version, a v4.1 that introduced some new features such as support for AV1 in MP4 and Matroska / WebM. As we read in its official statement, below you have "some of the outstanding news" that comes along with the new version.

What's new in FFmpeg 4.2 "Ada"

  • Filters of:
    • tpad.
    • finger
    • chromashifth.
    • rgbashift.
    • freezedetect.
    • truehd_core bitstream.
    • anlmdn.
    • maskfun.
    • lagfun.
    • asoftclip.
    • colorhold.
    • asr.
    • xmedian.
    • multimedia showspatial.
    • derain.
    • deesser.
    • Separation filter
    • AV1 frame split bitstream filter.
  • Demuxers:
    • dhav.
    • lived.
    • KUX.
    • IFV.
  • Support to decode AV1 through libdav1d.
  • PCM-DVD encoder.
  • GIF parser.
  • Hymt decoder.
  • Demuxer and hcom decoder.
  • ARBC decoder.
  • ARIB STD-B24 capture support based on libaribb24.
  • Support for decoding HEVC 4: 4: 4 content in nvdec and cuviddec.
  • libndi-netwerk removed.
  • Agm decoder.
  • Lscr decoder.
  • Support for decoding HEVC 4: 4: 4 content in vdpau.
  • VP4 video decoder.
  • VP4 video decoder
  • The mov muxer writes tracks in an unspecified language instead of English by default.
  • Added support for using clang to compile CUDA kernels.

The new version is now available for Linux, macOS and Windows from this link. Its manual installation is not recommended unless it is very necessary or you are a developer who wants to implement it in your video / audio editing software.

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