There are lots of goodies in this release, but never before have I felt that one small image had the potential to bring such great joy to our users as this one:
That’s right, our good friend Ryan took a break from saving people’s lives to add refresh rate switching. On TVs that support it, this means perfect 24p playback with nary a shudder, judder, or stutter. I have an old Sony TV set and it works great, taking under a second to switch rates. (You may need to have to use something like SwitchResX to add the refresh rate to your TV.)
Similarly pleasing, we’ve fixed the issue where video playback was taking much more CPU than the last release. VC-1, H.264, and all other codecs will now be at the same or lower CPU usage in this version of Laika.
We’ve also addressed an issue many have reported with the media server not being found, or being found only to be lost again. We’re still tracking down the root cause, but for now, if you’re having trouble, simply enter the address of your server in the network preferences.
Here is a full list of changes:
- NEW: [Mac] Support for automatic refresh rate switching. And there was much rejoicing.
- NEW: Add a way to specify a manual address for a media server, useful for working around network issues.
- NEW: When running without a server, search now returns cloud results.
- NEW: Add a global audio delay setting.
- FIX: CPU usage for software decoding greatly reduced for all codecs, fixing VC-1 “stutter” issue and playback on older machines.
- FIX: Allow selecting interface language in preferences.
- FIX: Enable down-mix volume boost preference.
- FIX: Enable speaker configuration preference.
- FIX: A hang in the home screen.
- FIX: Losing a server even though it was running on the same machine.
- FIX: Not enough buffering (and therefore playback issues) with remote transcoded media.
- FIX: Toggling full screen works on multi-display setups.
- FIX: Allow ESC to get out of a playlist.
- FIX: Add missing strings for shutdown timer.
- FIX: Change the audio settings dialog to show delay in milliseconds, it seemed more human-friendly.
- FIX: Crash clicking the “save as default” button in video settings.
- FIX: Make sure we stop remote transcodes when stopping playback.
- FIX: Update ffmpeg, fixes some artifacts with VC-1 and several other issues.
- FIX: Stop printing myPlex tokens to the logs.
- FIX: “Old-school” sources were disappearing after a restart.
- FIX: Posters/art weren’t changing when changed on the media server.
- FIX: Don’t play theme music if music is already playing or if video is playing in small window.
- FIX: Background music volume is always VERY LOUD (preference works now).
- FIX: [Mac] A crash when playing Flash/Silverlight videos followed by non-WebKit video.
- FIX: [Mac] Flash/Silverlight video occasionally displayed black & white garbage on the screen.
- FIX: Info button on iOS toggles OSD, and back button works as well.
- FIX: Multiple crashes when skipping around in videos.
- FIX: [Win] Crash on startup.
- FIX: [Win] A randomly occurring hang.
This release brought to you by the ever-vigilant, hyper-loyal, best friend of man and woman, Mr Barkley.