September 11, 2020 by Romain Bouqueau

GPAC 1.0 is out...

... and it is the best GPAC ever released

There are important moments in every project. Here and now is one for the GPAC project that GPAC Licensing commercially promotes.

GPAC 1.0 is out. And it is the best GPAC ever released.

In this blog we often talk about prospective, event reports, our awards, our research projects, social impact, technical challenges, new codecs, streaming protocols, industry best-practices… All these articles get their fare share of traffic, recognition and debate.

But while thinking about how we could advertise about this milestone, we’ realized how little we talk about GPAC itself.

GPAC is an immense success. It started as a startup in NYC. The underlying technology (MPEG-4 and SVG Tiny 1.2) never massively took off. The startup failed. Its CTO, Jean Le Feuvre, open-sourced GPAC to continue the work both as a community leader and an academic researcher.

Jean Le Feuvre open-sourced GPAC to continue the work both as a community leader and an academic researcher.

GPAC is an immense success because it has disseminated so much values for the community across two decades: standardization contributions, research papers, training students and PhDs. Open-sourcing it allowed video platforms such as Youtube and many others to deploy. This movement has just accelerated since we launched GPAC Licensing as the commercial arm of GPAC in 2012.

A year ago we announced that a silent revolution was happening inside GPAC. After 20 years in operation, like many great open-source software created at this era (FFmpeg, VLC, MediaInfo, …) (and incidentally all in France), and after scaling effectively in commercial solutions (see our references), GPAC needed a technical refresh that would make it more competitive as a framework, even against specialized products and solutions.

On the commercial field, many products and other open-source projects co-exist. None of them are as popular as GPAC. We believe none of them can cover as much use-cases. None of them has the ground proof of GPAC. We hope to be able to communicate more on this later this year with more business use-cases.

No other project has the popularity and compatibility that GPAC offers.

Finally GPAC 1.0 will lower the cost of innovations. Filters will lower the cost of integrating a single GPAC brick inside your existing workflows. More about that soon.

GPAC 1.0 is out. Take care.

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