The feature set of the Bitmovin Encoder naturally evolves over time, including additional features, fixes and performance improvements in newer releases to increase efficiency. Upgrading to new releases is however possible as soon as a new release is available, and Bitmovin recommends the use of the Encoder version currently in Stable stage for production environments.
When the version you are currently using gets deprecated, you will need to update to a newer version, as we will make versions unavailable when reaching their end of life date. Thus, users must ensure that they use a newer version of the Bitmovin Encoder before the end of life date, in order to guarantee uninterrupted functionality.
A release of the Bitmovin Encoder will follow lifecycle stages as described in this table. Note that all releases will not necessarily go through each stage.
|BETA||Every new release||New releases of the Bitmovin Encoder will be in status BETA by default. BETA versions will contain the newest features and updates. Features in Beta versions might be subject to change.|
|4 weeks after BETA status or earlier||A BETA version eventually becomes a Stable version. A STABLE version offers the most complete, up-to-date, tested, and stable codebase. STABLE versions are intended to be used in production environments.|
|SUPPORTED||Whenever a new release is promoted to STABLE||A SUPPORTED version was STABLE once but got replaced by a newer release of the Bitmovin Encoder. It doesn't contain the latest feature set, and may hold functionality that is outdated. |
Furthermore, SUPPORTED versions might not offer the most efficient encoding capabilities. If you're using a SUPPORTED version, we recommend that you upgrade to the STABLE version, as SUPPORTED versions will ultimately be deprecated.
|DEPRECATED||4 months after release date||A DEPRECATED version is outdated and should not run in production environments. If you're using a DEPRECATED version, update to the STABLE version at your earliest convenience but anytime before the end of life date.|
|END OF LIFE||6 months after release date||A END OF LIFE version is no longer available (this includes all relevant documentation).|
The Bitmovin Team recommends to use the
STABLE version in most cases. Using this version tag ensures that your video encoding workflows are always benefiting from our latest patches, security fixes, and performance improvements. Furthermore, you won't have to care about upgrading encoder versions by yourself on a regular basis.
Encodings setup with an encoder version that is no longer available as it reached its
End Of Life, it will be overwritten with