After releasing PeerTube v3 in early January, a new main version on popular free YouTube alternative is now available. PeerTube 3.1 comes with plenty of improvements and new features.
PeerTube is a piece of software that enables anyone to run their own tube site (like YouTube) very easily. All of the sites everyone runs can talk to each other, and people with accounts on one can interact with people on others. To put it short, it is a network of tube sites.
What’s new in PeerTube 3.1
Probably the most important to note in the new version are the improved transcoding features. PeerTube use the FFmpeg program to transcode the videos you upload. Until now, transcoding rules were the same for every PeerTube instance: you couldn’t modify them. From v3.1, you can create transcoding profiles by installing plugins on instances. Instance administrators can select a transcoding profile adapted to their needs after installing a plugin.
PeerTube 3.1 also changes the way transcoding tasks are managed. Now administrators can give an higher priority to optimize jobs and can decrease priority of transcoding jobs depending on the amount of videos uploaded by the user in the last 7 days. This prevents one single user from blocking other people’s content uploads.
Regarding interface, the disappearance of the “most liked” category, in the left menu, is the most visible change. The new “trending” category 3 options for sorting videos were added:
- hot: a selection of recent videos with the most interactions
- views: videos with the most views in the last 24 hours
- likes: the most liked videos
Some elements in the Administration menu were modified. For example in the “users” tab, the “Create user” button is now on the left side to be more visible. Also administrators can now customize the value of video quota (total and daily) of each user.
You can find detailed information about all changes in the project’s changelog.