summer’s upon us, and surely we’re all itching to stay at home some more, aren’t we? Well, despair not, at least you can update your MKVToolNix version to the latest & shiniest there ever was.
This release’s highlight is the big improvement to the handling of Blu-ray playlists (MPLS files) & corresponding MPEG transport streams (M2TS files), both bug fixes and real enhancements. See the news below for details.
Important news for package managers are the new reuquirements for libEBML/libMatroska & the main development branch having been renamed in my source code repo. Again, see the news for details.
You can download the source code or one of the binaries. The Windows and macOS binaries as well as the Linux AppImage are available already. The other Linux binaries are stil being built and will be available over the course of the next couple of hours.
Here are the NEWS since the previous release:
New features and enhancements
- mkvmerge: AC-3: file identification will report AC-3 tracks encoded in Dolby
Surround EX as codec "AC-3 Dolby Surround EX". Implements #2740.
- MKVToolNix GUI: multiplexer: on new installations the GUI will now recognize
all known ISO 639-2 language codes in file names by default instead of only
the top 100 of languages by native speakers.
- MKVToolNix GUI: multiplexer: on new installations the list of "often used
languages" will by default only contain certain agnostic ones ("multiple
languages", "no linguistic content", "reserved for local use", "uncoded
languages"), "English" and the default user interface language. The "list of
spoken languages by native speaks" isn’t used anymore. Also implements #2716.
- MKVToolNix GUI: header editor: added an option to remove all attachments to
the tree context menu. Implements #2835.
- MKVToolNix GUI: while the GUI is running it will remember the last page that
was selected when the preferences dialog is closed. Upon re-opening the
preferences that page will be selected by default. Implements #2852.
- mkvmerge: fixed a segmentation fault when exiting prematurely due to write
errors such as the destination having run out of space. Fixes #2843.
- mkvmerge: DTS: fixed wrong channel count for DTS tracks with XCh
extensions. Fixes #2715.
- mkvmerge: MPEG TS reader: fixed detecting h.264/AVC and h.265/HEVC tracks
that consist of only a single frame. Part of the fix of #2849.
- mkvmerge: MPEG TS reader: fixed handling of unbounded PES sizes for tracks
that consist of only a single PES packet. Part of the fix of #2849.
- mkvmerge: MPEG TS reader: PGS subtitle tracks are now exempt from the
"detect bogus subtitle timestamps" heuristic which could lead to some PGS
subtitles not being timestamped correctly. Symptoms were that they were
shown at the wrong time or that they were shown indefinitely. Fixes #2736
and partially fixes #2824.
- mkvmerge: MPEG TS reader: when reading MPLS playlists the start timestamps
of a play items were handled wrong: all the timestamps of packets read were
compared to that start timestamp, dropping those packets whose timestamps
were smaller than the play item’s start timestamp. The correct behavior is
to accept all packets as soon as the first one with a timestamp equal to or
larger than the play item’s start timestamp is encountered. This could
result in PGS subtitle entries located right at the start of the play item
being garbled/lost as they consist of multiple PES packets for which some
timestamps are often slightly smaller. Part of the fix of #2824.
- mkvmerge: MPEG TS reader: when reading MPLS playlists mkvmerge will no
longer read the whole M2TS files they reference, processing only the packets
lying inside the timestamp range given by the playlists’s play item’s start
& end timestamps. Instead mkvmerge will use the index information present in
corresponding clip information (CLPI) files in order to seek to the nearest
file position of the play item’s start timestamp. Additionally mkvmerge will
simply stop processing a file once the end timestamp is seen. This change
greatly speeds up processing files from which only small portions must be
read. Part of the fix of #2824.
- mkvmerge: WavPack: fixed support for files created by v5 of the
program. Checksums, DSD audio data and non-standard sampling rates are
handled correctly. Patch by David Bryant.
- MKVToolNix GUI: multiplexer: fixed the cursor being positioned wrong after
entering or pasting characters that aren’t allowed in file names into the
"destination file" control. Fixes #2855.
Build system changes
- libEBML v1.4.0 and libMatroska v1.6.0 are now required.
- The source code repository’s main development branch was renamed to