[Matroska-users] MKVToolNix v14.0.0 released

Moritz Bunkus moritz at bunkus.org
Sun Jul 23 10:54:40 CEST 2017


I'm releasing MKVToolNix v14.0.0. It strikes a nice balance between
bug fixes and new features/enhancements.

Changes for package maintainers: a new translation of the programs to
Romanian (ro.po) has been added. There are two other minor changes you
should be aware of. Please see the NEWS section "Build system changes"
below for details.

**Deprecation warning**

This is a reminder that certain features having been deprecated since
v9.7.0. They're scheduled to be removed in the first release of
2018. These features are:

* mkvmerge: the options "--identify-verbose", "--identify-for-gui",
  "--identify-for-mmg" and "--identification-format verbose" (use
  "--identification-format json --identify" or its short form "-J"
* all command line tools: the old, proprietary format used for
  option files (use JSON option files instead)

Here are the usual links:

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

The Windows and macOS binaries have already been built and
uploaded. Linux binaries are still being built and will be available

Here are the NEWS since the previous release:

# Version 14.0.0 "Flow" 2017-07-23

## New features and enhancements

* mkvmerge: AAC: implemented support for AAC with 960 samples per
  frame. Implements #2031.
* mkvmerge: identification: if the encoding/character set of a text subtitle
  track is known (e.g. because a byte order mark is present in the file), then
  it will be output during identification as the `encoding`
  property. Implements mkvmerge's part of #2053.
* mkvmerge: WAV reader: added support for Wave64 files. Implements #2042.
* mkvmerge, mkvpropedit, MKVToolNix GUI (chapter editor): added support for
  chapters in WebM files that is spec-compliant by removing all tag elements
  not supported by the WebM spec. Implements #2002.
* mkvpropedit: added support for tags in WebM files that is spec-compliant by
  removing all tag elements not supported by the WebM spec.
* MKVToolNix GUI: multiplexer: if the encoding/character set of a subtitle
  track cannot be changed, the GUI will deactivate the "subtitle character
  set" drop-down box and ignore changes to it when multiple tracks are
  selected. Additionally, if the track's encoding is known and cannot be
  changed (e.g. due to a byte order mark in the file), that encoding will be
  selected in the drop-down box automatically. Both changes signal to the user
  that she doesn't have to take care of the encoding herself. Implements the
  GUI's part of
* MKVToolNix GUI: chapter editor: added a function to the "additional
  modifications" dialog for calculating and setting the end
  timestamps. Implements #1887.
* MKVToolNix GUI: changed the shortcuts for switching between the various
  tools from `Alt+number` (e.g. `Alt+1` for the multiplexer tool) to
  `Ctrl+Alt+number` in order to avoid clashing with Windows' input method for
  arbitrary characters (pressing and holding `Alt` and typing the codepoint on
  the number pad). Implements #2034.
* MKVToolNix GUI: added a "Window" menu and entries with shortcuts for
  selecting the next (`Ctrl+F6`) respectively previous tab (`Ctrl+Shift+F6`)
  in the current tool. Implements #1972, #2032.
* MKVToolNix GUI: on Windows the GUI will now determine the default font to
  use by querying Windows for the default UI/message box font instead of using
  the hardcoded `Segoe UI`. This might fix issues such as #2003 (unverified).
* translations: added a Romanian translation of the programs by Daniel (see

## Bug fixes

* mkvmerge: AVC/h.264 parser: fixed wrong frame order & timestamp calculation
  in certain situations when SPS (sequence parameter sets) or PPS (picture
  parameter sets) change mid-stream. Fixes #2028.
* mkvmerge: HEVC/h.265 parser: fixed wrong frame order & timestamp calculation
  in certain situations when SPS (sequence parameter sets) or PPS (picture
  parameter sets) change mid-stream. This is the HEVC/h.265 equivalent of
* mkvmerge: MPEG-1/-2 video: the "remove stuffing bytes" feature introduced in
  v5.8.0 (feature request #734) was broken. In a lot of situations it did not
  detect the end of a slice correctly and removed 0 bytes that were actually
  part of the slice structure. Often there were no visual problems as decoders
  were able to ignore such errors, but in other cases there are visual
  artifacts upon decoding. As detecting the slice end properly requires
  parsing the whole slice structure, this feature has been removed
  again. Fixes #2045.
* mkvmerge: MPEG PS reader: fixed mkvmerge trying to handle an "end" code the
  same way as a "program stream map" code.
* mkvmerge: MPEG TS reader: mkvmerge won't emit warnings if the system's
  `iconv` library doesn't support the ISO 6937 character set. Fixes #2023.
* mkvmerge: when appending fails the error message details (e.g. "the number
  of channels differs: 1 and 2") were often not output. Fixes #2046.
* MKVToolNix GUI: multiplex tool: implemented a workaround for a crash that
  could occur during drag & drop if at least one of the columns is
  hidden. Fixes #2009.
* MKVToolNix GUI: multiplex tool: appended tracks can no longer be enabled
  (selected for multiplexing) if the track they're going to be appended to is
  not enabled. Fixes #2039.
* MKVToolNix GUI: multiplex tool: if the GUI is set to ensure unique output
  file names, it will now verify that right before starting to
  multiplex/adding the job to the queue, too. Fixes #2052.
* MKVToolNix GUI: fixed the total progress reverting to 0% instead of staying
  at 100% when all jobs have finished. This was introduced by the attempt at
  fixing the computation of the value of total progress bar for multiple jobs
  running. Fixes #2005.
* configure: fixed DocBook detection if `/bin/sh` is `dash`. Patch by Steve
  Dibb. Fixes #2054.

## Build system changes

* Boost: the minimum required version has been bumped to 1.49.0. Earlier
  releases fail to build on my current systems and will therefore not be
  supported anymore.
* configure: when looking for the "nlohnmann JSON" include files configure
  will now try the path "nlohmann/json.hpp" first, "json.hpp" second (only
  "json.hpp" was tried before). If neither is found, the copy included in the
  MKVToolNix sources will be used. Fixes #2048.

Have fun :)

Kind regards,

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