MKVToolNix v8.7.0 released
Thursday 31 December 2015 @ 2:12 pm

here’s the last release for this year: 8.7.0. This release contains a more even mix of bug fixes and enhancements. One area that has received special attention is the HEVC/h.265 code where multiple issues have been fixed. I strongly urge everyone to upgrade if you’re dealing with HEVC/h.265 in Matroska.

The enhancements and new features include:

I’ve also decided to revert the change to writing byte order marks (BOMs) for UTF-8 encoded files that was introduced in the last release. This was due to user feedback. A common workflow is to extract subtitles to an extern file, to edit them somehow and to mux the back. On Windows this became annoying without BOMs: the extracted text files are UTF-8, but mkvmerge defaults to Windows’ own locale when reading text files – unless a BOM is found.

Another change I’ve reverted due to user feedback is the removal of several ISO 639-2 codes for very old languages. Certain users have used those codes to indicate variations to the default language, and the earlier removal broke this workflow.

Nothing has changed for package maintainers compared to v8.6.1.

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.

You can download the source code or one of the binaries.

Here’s the full ChangeLog since v8.6.1:

Have fun :)

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