The OpenELEC team have released the 3rd release candidate of version 3.0 of OpenELEC. Sound driver issues have been fixed in the kernel and XBMC’s audio engine so HD-Audio on Intel HDMI device would now work.
More details and the download links at openelec.tv
OpenELEC 3.0 highlights and changes:
Thanks to an incredibly successful GSoC experience and numerous dedicated developers who have been working on many projects for years, XBMC 12 figures to be one of the most anticipated feature updates in a long time. Features include…
HD audio support, including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD, via the new XBMC AudioEngine (DTS-HD / True-HD not support on AMD GPUs)
improved Live TV and PVR support
Improved image support, allowing the database to accomodate numerous additional image types
Support for the Raspberry PI
Improved Airplay support across all platforms
Advanced Filtering in the library
Advanced UPnP sharing
XBMC Frodo has improved sound card detection and “Audio Engine support”. This may change the naming of audio devices available on your system and the Audio configuration handling. If audio stops working after the update please adjust audio configuration in XBMC settings to use the updated device names and remove any previously installed/configured /storage/.config/asound.conf
Starting in XBMC v12 “Frodo”, you should no longer use path substitution to sync thumbnails and other art between XBMC devices. For more infos see http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=HOW-TO:Sync_multiple_libraries/Upgrading_XBMC_to_v12
improved PVR Support
Based on XBMC 12.0 included PVR support we support many more DVB hardware, and have 4TheRecord, DVB Viewer, Mediaportal, MythTV, NextPVR, TVHeadend, VDR, Njoy N7 and VU+ support in the OS.
New “RPi” image
With XBMC Frodo version now getting stable, there is also a great choice for RaspberryPi owners, that want to use XBMC on their RaspberryPi. Among multiple distributions, likeRaspbmc and XBian which are both Debian/Raspbian based and the fully RaspberryPi and XBMC optimized OpenELEC embedded OS, they can exactly choose what fits their needs. All those projects help XBMC to mature and bear great possibilities for all users out there.
This new build was created to run OpenELEC on our first supported ARM device the RaspberryPi. To find informations how to use and install this build please readhttp://openelec.tv/forum/124-raspberry-pi/40979-raspberry-pi-faq#40979 and http://wiki.openelec.tv/index.php?title=Installing_OpenELEC_on_Raspberry_Pi
We would like to thanks “Gimli” and “Popcornmix” for all the help we got with porting OpenELEC to the RaspberryPi
New “ARCTIC_MC” image
Together with our new partner Arctic we developed a own build to use on any Arctic MC001 (EU Model, US Model) devices (all, including any barebones). From now on we provide special builds for this devices. For more informations see: “Arctic announces passive cooled Systems with OpenELEC installed“
Improved AMD XVBA support
Thanks to the efforts of FernetMenta, Fritsch, Newphreak and many users who have been testing and providing feedback our native XVBA support was improved again.
Xvba now uses a better heuristics to detect wrongly encoded H264 files. The AMD decoder heavily relies that the correct level is set. With these changes, it is now possible to playback those files without artefacts.
Another change was the handling of 2K and 4K video files. In the past, they broke the decoder and forced the user to reboot. We now correctly handle 2K resolution files and don’t try to create the hw decoder for larger resolutions that are not supported by the XVBA SDK.