Warning

Kurento is a low-level platform to create WebRTC applications from scratch. You will be responsible of managing STUN/TURN servers, networking, scalability, etc. If you are new to WebRTC, we recommend using OpenVidu instead.

OpenVidu is an easier to use, higher-level, Open Source platform based on Kurento.

6.18.0 (UNRELEASED)

One of the latest (if not the last) releases of the 6.x branch of Kurento; this one brings several deprecations that pave the way for introduction of the upcoming Kurento 7.0.

To install Kurento Media Server: Installation Guide.

Added

FLV Recording Profile for RTMP

The RecorderEndpoint gained a new FLV recording profile, which means that the resulting files can be used directly for RTMP streaming.

Thanks to @alex1712 (Alex) for Kurento/kms-core#24 and Kurento/kms-elements#30 (FLV media profile).

Changed

WebRTC DTLS Quick Connection

There was a design issue in the way Kurento established the WebRTC communications channel, that led it to mistakenly send the initial DTLS handsake packets before ICE had established a working network socket, leading to the dropping of such handsake packets.

Thankfully, DTLS doesn’t give up as soon as some packets are dropped; instead, it just follows a progressively larger timeout scheme. Eventually the ICE protocol would establish a working socket, and one of the DTLS reattempts would finally be able to travel through it. However, this whole delay meant that WebRTC connections were taking much more time than what they really should.

Thanks to this change, now the DTLS handsake will be put on hold until ICE has finished its work and the network socket is well established and ready for comms; this way, the very first DTLS packets will already reach their destination, thus speeding up the whole process:

Comparison of connection speed (top: before; bottom: after)

Thanks to @slabajo (Saúl Labajo) for Kurento/kms-elements#37 (WebRTC DTLS handsake quick connection).

Deprecated: OpenCV extra modules

Kurento has always included several Computer Vision plugins and extension modules, for demonstration purposes. These were used to showcase the powerful, dynamic plug-and-play capabilities of Kurento Pipelines, providing a very visual and somewhat fancy way to convey how easy it is to manipulate video images in real time, with Kurento and OpenCV.

However, Kurento’s OpenCV modules had been written against the old, C-based API of OpenCV 2.0. Over time, OpenCV 3.0 evolved into a more modern C++ based API, while keeping some backwards-compatibility with older C code. This was enough for us to keep publishing the Kurento demonstration plugins on Ubuntu 16.04 “Xenial” and Ubuntu 18.04 “Bionic”. However, on 2020 the release of Ubuntu 20.04 “Focal”, OpenCV 4.0 marks the point where the Kurento plugin code doesn’t compile and must be retired.

The list of modules marked for retirement is as follows:

  • Plugins that came included in kms-filters module:

    • facedetector

    • faceoverlay

    • imageoverlay

    • logooverlay

    • movementdetector

  • Plugins that were offered as additional installable modules:

    • kms-chroma

    • kms-crowddetector

    • kms-datachannelexample

    • kms-markerdetector

    • kms-platedetector

    • kms-pointerdetector

Starting with support for OpenCV 4.0, the old OpenCV 2.0 based plugin code cannot be compiled any more. Kurento project maintainers do not have the time, knowledge, or scheduling bandwidth to migrate these plugins into modern OpenCV 4.0 style code, so they will get discontinued until/unless some open-source community members can offer some help with porting them. If you’d like to see these plugins alive, and would be able to give us a hand, please contact us! :-)

These removals will be efective starting from the next major release, Kurento 7.0.

Deprecated: Renamed API methods

This section details all API deprecations that occur with the intention of paving the way for a cleaned up API in Kurento 7.0.

By following the renames detailed here, you should be able to make the jump to newer versions of Kurento without requiring any rewrites at the logic level.

timestamp -> timestampMillis

Several object classes contained a timestamp field, which wasn’t fine-grained enough, so the timestampMillis field was introduced to replace the former.

These classes are Stats (common parent of all Stats classes), and RaiseBase (common parent of all Event classes).

  • Old: timestamp - Seconds elapsed since the UNIX Epoch (Jan 1, 1970, UTC)

    New: timestampMillis - Milliseconds elapsed since the UNIX Epoch (Jan 1, 1970, UTC)

MediaObject and MediaElement

These changes are located in the parent classes of all Kurento elements, so all Kurento classes are affected, such as RtpEndpoint, WebRtcEndpoint, PlayerEndpoint, RecorderEndpoint, etc.

Media Events

A series of deprecations and renamings that normalize all events into the same naming convention.

  • Old: MediaFlowOutStateChange event

    New: MediaFlowOutStateChanged event

  • Old: MediaFlowInStateChange event

    New: MediaFlowInStateChanged event

  • Old: MediaTranscodingStateChange event

    New: MediaTranscodingStateChanged event

childs -> children

  • Old: MediaObject.getChilds()

    New: MediaObject.getChildren()

setOutputBitrate -> minOutputBitrate, maxOutputBitrate

All MediaElement-derived classes had a setOutputBitrate() method that could be used to set a specific target bitrate for the video stream. Instead, use the setters to specify a minimum and maximum desired target. To replicate the same behavior that setOutputBitrate() had, just provide the same value as both min and max.

  • Old: setOutputBitrate()

    New: setMinOutputBitrate(), setMaxOutputBitrate()

minOuputBitrate, maxOuputBitrate -> minOutputBitrate, maxOutputBitrate

These changes fix a typo in the original property names.

  • Old: getMinOuputBitrate(), setMinOuputBitrate()

    New: getMinOutputBitrate(), setMinOutputBitrate()

  • Old: getMaxOuputBitrate(), getMaxOuputBitrate()

    New: setMaxOutputBitrate(), setMaxOutputBitrate()

WebRtcEndpoint

ICE Events

A series of deprecations and renamings that normalize all events into the same naming convention.

  • Old: OnIceCandidate event

    New: IceCandidateFound event

  • Old: OnIceGatheringDone event

    New: IceGatheringDone event

  • Old: OnIceComponentStateChanged, IceComponentStateChange events

    New: IceComponentStateChanged event

  • Old: OnDataChannelOpened, DataChannelOpen events

    New: DataChannelOpened event

  • Old: OnDataChannelClosed, DataChannelClose event

    New: DataChannelClosed event

externalAddress -> externalIPv4, externalIPv6

  • Old: externalAddress setting

    New: externalIPv4, externalIPv6 settings

  • Old: getExternalAddress()

    New: getExternalIPv4(), getExternalIPv6()

  • Old: setExternalAddress()

    New: setExternalIPv4(), setExternalIPv6()

IceCandidatePair

Unifies all Kurento “Id” members under the same naming convention.

  • Old: streamID

    New: streamId

  • Old: componentID

    New: componentId

Stats

inputAudioLatency, inputVideoLatency -> inputLatency

  • Old: ElementStats.inputAudioLatency, ElementStats.inputVideoLatency - Average latency, in nanoseconds.

    New: ElementStats.inputLatency - Array of average latencies (MediaLatencyStat[]), in nanoseconds.

audioE2ELatency, videoE2ELatency -> E2ELatency

  • Old: EndpointStats.audioE2ELatency, EndpointStats.videoE2ELatency - End-to-end latency, in nanoseconds.

    New: EndpointStats.E2ELatency - Array of average latencies (MediaLatencyStat[]), in nanoseconds.

Fixed

  • #289 (Kurento scaffolder produces not compilable code if using a wrong name).

  • #470 (kmsaudiomixer outputs silence after running for 2 hours).

  • #616 (Kurento Media Server not sending relay candidates, although configured, unless ANSWER is received or OFFER is processed).

  • #622 (externalIpv4 and externalIpv6 affect all candidates instead of just host).

Other changes

This list includes other changes and fixes contributed by users and/or fellow developers, who merit our sincere appreciation and thanks for sharing their work with the Kurento project: