MKVToolNix v9.1.0 released
Saturday 23 April 2016 @ 4:59 pm

Here’s another release of MKVToolNix. Several bugs have been fixed. A rather important one is an update to the JSON library used which fixes immense memory consumption when loading stored settings (e.g. a ~500 KB JSON file leading to consumption of more than 2 GB of memory).

Enhancements include support for WebVTT subtitles, much improved support for teletext subtitles in MPEG transport streams and several more fields in the JSON/verbose identification formats.

There have been no changes for package maintainers since the previous release.

You can download the source code or one of the binaries. The Windows and Mac OS binaries are available. Most of the Linux binaries are still being built and will be available in a couple of hours.

Here’s the full ChangeLog since v8.9.0:
Here are the usual links:

…to the source code: http://mkvtoolnix.download/source.html
…to the binaries: http://mkvtoolnix.download/downloads.html

The Windows and Mac OS binaries are available. Most of the Linux binaries are still being built and will be available in a couple of hours.

Here’s the full ChangeLog since v9.0.1:

Have fun :)

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MKVToolNix v9.0.1 released
Monday 28 March 2016 @ 6:29 pm

Due to two nasty bugs in v9.0.0 I’ve decided to release a hotfix with v9.0.1 today. The first bug is a regression from v8.9.0 in the code handling character sets for text subtitle files. The other bug is in the new code for generating chapters automatically.

As the prior release v9.0.0 is only two days old I’m including v9.0.0’s full release announcement here:

Here’s another release of MKVToolNix. There were tons of bug fixes all over the place. The most important one is probably in the HEVC handler which won’t drop certain SEI NALUs anymore. This was a regression introduced in v8.7.0.

A change a lot of users of Windows and Mac OS will hopefully welcome is that mkvinfo launches with its GUI by default now unless the option “--no-gui” is given. Users of these two OSes often start mkvinfo by clicking on the executable instead of using start menu entries making adding the parameter “--gui” somewhat difficult. The behavior for other OSes has not been changed.

One of the new features is mkvmerge’s capability to generate chapters automatically whenever a new file is appended. Additionally it can also generate chapters in fixed intervals. This can be turned on in the GUI, of course.

There’s one change for package maintainers: a Korean translation of the programs and the man pages has been added.

You can download the source code or one of the binaries. The Windows and Mac OS binaries are available. Most of the Linux binaries are still being built and will be available in a couple of hours.

Here’s the full ChangeLog since v8.9.0:

Have fun :)

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MKVToolNix v9.0.0 released
Saturday 26 March 2016 @ 3:27 pm

Here’s another release of MKVToolNix. There were tons of bug fixes all over the place. The most important one is probably in the HEVC handler which won’t drop certain SEI NALUs anymore. This was a regression introduced in v8.7.0.

A change a lot of users of Windows and Mac OS will hopefully welcome is that mkvinfo launches with its GUI by default now unless the option “--no-gui” is given. Users of these two OSes often start mkvinfo by clicking on the executable instead of using start menu entries making adding the parameter “--gui” somewhat difficult. The behavior for other OSes has not been changed.

One of the new features is mkvmerge’s capability to generate chapters automatically whenever a new file is appended. Additionally it can also generate chapters in fixed intervals. This can be turned on in the GUI, of course.

There’s one change for package maintainers: a Korean translation of the programs and the man pages has been added.

You can download the source code or one of the binaries. The Windows and Mac OS binaries are available. Most of the Linux binaries are still being built and will be available in a couple of hours.

Here’s the full ChangeLog since the previous release:

Have fun :)

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Signed source code for MKVToolNix
Saturday 19 March 2016 @ 4:05 pm

As of today I’m signing the source code archives for MKVToolNix with my GPG key (to be more precise: with sub-key ID 0x74AF00AD F2E32C85, fingerprint 3301 A29D 88D0 1A0C F999 954F 74AF 00AD F2E3 2C85, of key ID 0x0F92290A 445B9007, fingerprint D919 9745 B054 5F2E 8197 062B 0F92 290A 445B 9007). The signature’s file name is the tarball’s file name with .sig appended (e.g. mkvtoolnix-8.9.0.tar.xz.sig for the archive mkvtoolnix-8.9.0.tar.xz). They’re stored in the same directory.

I’ve also signed all existing releases of MKVToolNix, too.

In order to avoid confusion: I’m using two different GPG keys. The first one (sub-keys of key ID 0x0F92290A 445B9007) is used for email, Debian/Ubuntu APT repository signing and now source code signing and another one (key ID 0x16D2F5DC 10C052A6, fingerprint EB24 BCA1 4BA6 A24F 1427 6FEE 16D2 F5DC 10C0 52A6) for signing the RPMs I provide. The reason is that RPM itself doesn’t support using a sub-key for signing RPMs; it can only use normal keys, unfortunately.

Additionally I use a x.509 certificate by StartSSL (SHA1 fingerprint: 48:13:1B:5D:41:63:12:07:D2:86:20:6C:28:F3:78:C8:06:6F:34:AA) for signing the Windows binaries I provide (both the installers as well as the executables that make up MKVToolNix). Note that I’ve only started signing Windows binaries with release 8.9.0. Therefore older binaries aren’t signed.

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