FFmpeg Release Plan

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Ideas and suggestions concerning FFmpeg software releases.

Things that need doing

  • Fix SVQ3 regression test?
  • Approximately 95% test coverage in FATE.
  • AAC Conformance sweep
  • Make sure API/ABI changelog is up-to-date

Release 0.6 "Let's keep this thing rolling..."

Pending features that would be nice to have in 0.6

  • WMAVoice
  • HE AAC v1
  • Indeo 5
  • AMR-NB
  • Bink Video
  • pending ALS patches (Arithmetic coding support)
  • FFprobe
  • LATM demuxing support

Release Criteria

  • make test passes.
  • FATE test coverage passes for all platforms of interest.
  • All 'important' bugs reported in roundup fixed/closed.
Except 46, 127, 1250, 1251 and possibly 192 and 452 --Ce 05:36, 3 February 2010 (EST)
  • No half-implemented functionality that may break existing user apps.
  • Endurance/memleak testing on film-length files.

Rationale for releases

  • Provide endorsed snapshots for external software developers to develop against
  • Avoid sitation where external software developers using SVN head when head has transient limitations.
  • Discourage external software developers using ancient snapshots that we don't support.

Release Process

  • Create a branch in Subversion.
  • Replace version.sh by something that hardcodes 0.6.
  • svn export svn://svn.ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg/tags/0.6/ ffmpeg-0.6
  • tar -cvjf ffmpeg-0.6.tar.bz2 ffmpeg-0.6
  • Get source code
  • Create tarball
  • Checksums?
  • Upload to ffmpeg.org
  • Update website
  • Who needs to be notified?
    • Major dependent projects, major distribution package maintainers --Rathann 09:43, 29 January 2009 (EST)