Thu 07 Jun 2012

Collabora and Fluendo Launch GStreamer SDK for Multimedia App Development

Free pre-built version of GStreamer enables the building of complex-multimedia applications across platforms and hardware

June 7, 2012 -- Collabora Ltd. and Fluendo S.A., the leading companies in open source multimedia, have released a free and open source cross-platform software development kit (SDK) for the GStreamer multimedia programming framework. 

Designed for programmers developing multimedia applications such as video editors, streaming media broadcasters and media players, the new SDK works on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, and is available for free at Several Fortune 500 OEMs have used GStreamer for multimedia development.

The GStreamer multimedia development framework allows an application to handle a wide range of media formats and sources, and has been developed and matured in the open source ecosystem for more than 10 years. The SDK broadens GStreamer availability, offering programmers an efficient way to develop full-featured multimedia applications across leading desktop platforms. 

The SDK builds on the proven technology in GStreamer and provides a consistent, well tested and high quality multimedia sub-system for developers. Developers working with the SDK will find it to be functionally identical on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X (version 10.5 or later on Intel) and all supported Linux platforms. This portability enables faster development and time to market. offers access to development resources

The release of the SDK coincides with the launch of, a new initiative to facilitate the commercial adoption of the GStreamer project. Users have free access to the SDK, extensive documentation, tutorials and instructions for installing GStreamer and getting started.

Collabora and Fluendo will provide a range of products and services to augment the SDK. Fluendo provides a high quality suite of commercial audio and video codecs. Collabora brings a range of consultancy services. Other companies with offerings around GStreamer are invited to join this initiative.

Fluendo is very enthusiastic about this SDK. We consider it to be a vital step toward broadening the use of GStreamer as the versatile and powerful multimedia framework it is. With this SDK, building multimedia-rich applications will be much simpler, giving developers the opportunity of spanning several platforms and operating systems in one single move”, said Julien Moutte, co-founder and CTO of Fluendo. “Once again, open source solutions prove to be a solid foundation for the development of new technologies both free and commercial", he concluded.

"Collabora's work with GStreamer in open source and commercial product contexts for the past six years has shown it's unparalleled flexibility for building powerful multimedia applications and devices. We're very glad to work together with Fluendo to augment this adoption and deliver GStreamer to a wider audience”, said Robert McQueen, co-founder and CTO of Collabora. “We look forward to continuing this initiative and joining forces with developers worldwide to bring innovative products to market."

GStreamer is widely used in server, desktop, mobile, automotive (IVI) and set-top box (STB) environments. An upcoming release of the SDK will include support for Google Android and other mobile platforms. 

About GStreamer

GStreamer is an advanced open source multimedia framework used in a wide range of operating systems and devices. The GStreamer project aims at providing a modern and modular system suitable for any major multimedia product. GStreamer is already the de-facto multimedia platform for Linux based operating systems and with the upcoming GStreamer 1.0 release series the power of GStreamer will become available to an even wider audience.

About the GStreamer SDK

The GStreamer SDK is a free and open source cross-platform software development kit that provides a consistent, well tested and high quality multimedia sub-system for amateurs and professional developers by means of packaged and pre-built libraries and tutorials.

About Collabora

Headquartered in Cambridge, UK with a network of developers worldwide, Collabora Ltd. is a software consultancy specializing in delivering the benefits of open source to the commercial world. Collabora combines years of open source software expertise with hard-won experience from working in the mobile and consumer electronics industries. They help clients effectively take open source technologies from the community to real-world consumers, re-using existing components to reduce time to market and focus on product differentiation. 

About Fluendo

Founded in 2004 in Barcelona, Fluendo specializes in software development and consulting services to enable multimedia on multiple devices and operating systems. Fluendo employs several of the central developers of GStreamer, an Open Source framework which is quickly establishing itself as the de-facto standard multimedia framework for GNU/Linux and UNIX systems. Fluendo provides a wide range of products under and above GStreamer, including proprietary codecs (together with their respective patent licenses), a streaming server, the Fluendo DVD Player, and Moovida Pro. Fluendo develops multimedia software to offer cross-platform and open source-based multimedia solutions for computer devices and consumer electronics, always aiming at proposing an innovative perspective of entertainment. Contact us at  


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