[Matroska-users] MKVToolNix v9.7.0 released

Moritz Bunkus moritz at bunkus.org
Tue Dec 27 13:09:56 CET 2016


this is a more substantial release. There were a lot of enhancements
to the GUI all over the place, several bug fixes in mkvmerge, a couple
of enhancements there, too.

Note that this release deprecates the options
(e.g. "--identify-verbose") and features. These are scheduled to be
removed early in 2018. See the first top-most entry in the ChangeLog
below for details.

Notes for package maintainers: MKVToolNix now requires a compiler that
supports certain features of the C++14 standard. For gcc v4.9.x or
later will work, for clang v3.4 or newer is required. Additionally Qt
v5.3.x is now required.

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 have been built already and are
available for download. The Linux binaries will be available later

Here's the ChangeLog sincee v9.6.0:

2016-12-27  Moritz Bunkus  <moritz at bunkus.org>

        * Released v9.7.0 "Numbers".

        * Deprecation warning: Several options and features are now
        deprecated and will be removed at the start of 2018. These are:

        - mkvmerge: the options "--identify-verbose", "--identify-for-gui",
          "--identify-for-mmg" and "--identification-format verbose". Please
          convert existing users of these interfaces to use mkvmerge's JSON
          identification output which can be invoked with
          "--identification-format json --identify …".

        - all command line tools: the old, proprietary format used for
          option files. Please convert users of this interface to the new
          JSON option file format introduced in this release.

        - all command line tools: the option "--check-for-updates" (the
          GUI will keep its online check for updates, though). There is and
          will be no equivalent interface in the tools themselves. Users of
          this interface can switch to retrieving the information about
          available updates directly from the MKVToolNix website. The
          information is available as JSON and XML files at the following


2016-12-26  Moritz Bunkus  <moritz at bunkus.org>

        * mkvmerge: enhancement: added a new track property in
        JSON/verbose identification mode called "multiplexed_tracks". It's
        an array of track IDs that describe which of the tracks mkvmerge
        reports as separate ones were originally part of the same source
        track (e.g. TrueHD+AC-3 in a single track in MPEG transport
        streams). Implements #1835.

2016-12-23  James Almer  <jamrial at gmail.com>

        * mkvmerge: added support for skipping APE(v2) tags in TTA files.

2016-12-22  Moritz Bunkus  <moritz at bunkus.org>

        * mkvextract: enhancement: added support for reporting progress in
        --gui-mode the same way mkvmerge does.

        * mkvmerge: bug fix: when using --track-order without specifying
        all tracks, the track numbers could end up in a way the user did
        not expect. Now mkvmerge will always assign track numbers for
        those tracks that are listed in --track-order first. The other
        tracks are assigned numbers afterwards. Fixes the second part of

        * mkvmerge: bug fix: when reading Matroska files the movie title
        was always taken from the first Matroska source file, even if that
        file didn't have a title set. Fixes one part of #1832.

2016-12-19  Moritz Bunkus  <moritz at bunkus.org>

        * all: new feature: all command line tools can now read
        JSON-formatted option files. Such a file's name must have an
        extension of ".json" (e.g. "mkvmerge @options.json"). Its content
        must be a valid JSON array consisting solely of JSON strings.

2016-12-17  Moritz Bunkus  <moritz at bunkus.org>

        * build system: building the GUI components of MKVToolNix now
        requires Qt v5.3.0 or newer.

2016-12-16  Moritz Bunkus  <moritz at bunkus.org>

        * MKVToolNix GUI: header editor & job output enhancement: added
        menu entries for saving or closing all open tabs.

2016-12-13  Moritz Bunkus  <moritz at bunkus.org>

        * MKVToolNix GUI: chapter editor enhancement: added menu entries
        for saving or closing all open tabs.

        * build system: MKVToolNix now requires a compiler that supports
        the following features of the C++14 standard:
        "std::make_unique()", "digit separators", "binary literals" and
        "generic lambdas". For the GNU Compiler Collection (gcc) this
        means v4.9.x or newer; for clang it means v3.4 or newer.

2016-12-11  Moritz Bunkus  <moritz at bunkus.org>

        * mkvmerge: MPEG TS/MPLS reader improvements: added support for
        subtitle tracks that are referenced from the MPLS file as
        sub-paths in other M2TS files than the main tracks.

2016-12-08  Moritz Bunkus  <moritz at bunkus.org>

        * MKVToolNix GUI: re-worked the startup code not to use lock files
        when trying to open a socket for communicating with an
        already-running instance. This aims to prevent situations with
        stale lock files not being cleaned up and the GUI not starting
        anymore as a result. This might fix or prevent issues like #1805.

        * mkvmerge: teletext subtitle bug fix: fixed the handling of DVB
        teletext subtitles signaled with data unit ID 0x02 and that
        contain pages from multiple magazines.

2016-12-05  Moritz Bunkus  <moritz at bunkus.org>

        * MKVToolNix GUI: multiplexer enhancement: the file identification
        process has been re-written to be properly multi-threaded. This
        allows the user to continue working with the GUI while
        e.g. playlists from a Blu-ray are identified.

2016-12-03  Moritz Bunkus  <moritz at bunkus.org>

        * mkvmerge: enhancement: mkvmerge can now handle Blu-ray playlists
        from the "BACKUP" sub-directory of a Blu-ray disc.

        * MKVToolNix GUI: new multiplexer feature: added a menu entry for
        copying the title to the destination file name. It will replace
        the destination file's base name but keep its path & extension.

        * MKVToolNix GUI: new multiplexer feature: all positive file
        identification results will now be cached between runs. This
        speeds up adding the same file a lot, especially when scanning the
        same Blu-ray playlists again. Cached results are invalidated
        automatically with newer MKVToolNix releases or when the source
        file changes.

2016-12-02  Moritz Bunkus  <moritz at bunkus.org>

        * MKVToolNix GUI: multiplexer enhancement: when the user tries to
        add one of the main Blu-ray index files (index.bdmv,
        MovieObject.bdmv) the GUI will automatically scan the Blu-ray
        playlist files and offer them for selection.

        * mkvmerge: bug fix: files smaller than 4 bytes were wrongly
        identified as MPEG transport streams.

        * MKVToolNix GUI: multiplexer enhancement: tracks, chapters, tags,
        attachments not selected for multiplexing will be displayed the
        same way as other disabled controls. Implements #1819.

2016-11-30  Moritz Bunkus  <moritz at bunkus.org>

        * mkvmerge: bug fix: the MPEG transport stream reader was using an
        outdated format for the "CodecPrivate" element for HDMV TextST
        subtitles. This has been updated to the current format which only
        contains the "dialog style element".

        Existing Matroska files using this outdated scheme can be fixed by
        running them through mkvmerge v9.6.0 itself or any later release
        as the old format is automatically converted to the new one when
        it is read from Matroska files.

Have fun :)


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