The Blender Foundation has just released the third Release Candidate for Blender 2.42. With the builds converging towards a stable release, they expect to be ready for the final release around July 9th.
Most of the work went into bugfixing and there are no major surprises save one: the Linux build now has ffmpeg support. Ffmpeg will allow Linux Blender users to read and write mediafiles using over 200 codecs.
Ffmpeg support was meant to be in RC1 but integrating the library turned out to be more work then was anticipated.
Ton commented that ffmpeg support for the other platforms is scheduled for 2.43 or later. In the mean time, these platforms already have Quicktime support and this functionality overlaps with that of ffmpeg.
I guess we have the enthusiasm of the Linux development community to blame for the fact that Blender/Linux has more features than the other platforms now!
To get started, download the 2.42 RC3 for your platform and grab the 2.42 demo files.
Before helping out with testing, please note the following:
- If you found any problems in RC1 or RC2, please re-test them in RC3.
- If you have any (new or old) bug, check the open issues in the bugtracker before submitting a new one. If you have a better testcase or insight that might help to solve the bug, add it.
- Most important of all: do not report the issues here, but use the bugtracker!