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4.4. Multimedia

In support of free culture, the open web, and to reduce the hold of proprietary and patent-encumbered codecs, Red Hat has been sponsoring improvements on the open Ogg Theora video codec implementation codenamed Thusnelda via Christopher Montgomery (xiphmont), who created the format and work has resulted in drastic improvements to the codec. This release features this next generation codec, compared to libtheora 1.0, the new encoder can produce comparable quality encodings at a lower bitrate, or better quality at the same bitrate. All applications using libtheora library including all the GStreamer applications will automatically and transparently be taking advantage of the improvements.
Pulse Audio Enhancements
Fedora developers have been made several improvements to the PulseAudio system. More details are available from These include the following:
  • new mixer logic
  • UPnP MediaServer support
  • hotplug support improved
  • surround sound support for event sounds
Fedora Studio
Fedora Studio is an optional multimedia menus package that allows users to have their audio and video applications classified in their desktop menu. In previous versions of Fedora, all multimedia applications were in one large group. This package makes it easier for users to navigate audio and video applications.