PeerTube 6.1 includes export and import support, subtitle improvements and more

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After almost six months of development, the release of the new version of PeerTube 6.1, which brings with it the introduction of new features, changes and corrections. One of the most important changes introduced is the account export and import, improvements in the display of subtitles, among other things.

For those who do not know about PeerTube, you should know that it is is a decentralized, free and federated video platform, designed as an alternative to centralized services like YouTube or Vimeo. It is part of Fediverse, which is a federation of independent but interconnected servers that host various social media platforms.

Main new features of PeerTube 6.1

One of the most notable features of PeerTube 6.1 is the ability to export all information from an account, including videos, channels and preferences, to a downloadable file. This feature simplifies the backup process for users who want to export their data, including account metadata, playlists, and video data. This functionality is complemented by the possibility of importing said data to a new PeerTube server, which Simplifies the transfer of accounts between instances.

Exporting data to PeerTube

Another highlight of PeerTube 6.1 is the ability to save the original video file that was uploaded to PeerTube before being transcoded to other formats, since previously, when uploading a video to PeerTube, it was converted into multiple formats and the original file was deleted. Starting with version 6.1, the fileor original is preserved and can be downloaded from the user's library.

The customization of instances is another novelty, and now the Instance administrators have the ability to create a banner and avatar for the server, which will be displayed in various parts of the platform, such as the about server page, the login page, and other pages that use the specific instance.

Avatar and banner in PeerTube instance

In addition, in PeerTube 6.1 The video viewing experience has been optimized and has been reduced from 30 to 10 seconds, following standards from platforms such as Vimeo, Instagram, TikTok and Mux. Additionally, the counting method has been improved, considering both IP address and browser ID and also accessing subtitles by adding an icon directly in the video player.

subtitles on PeerTube

Of the other changes that stand out from this new version:

  • Users can now download videos directly from the platform's library.
  • Added the ability for administrators to sort users and videos by the size of data stored on disk.
  • Two vulnerabilities have been fixed in the implementation of the ActivityPub protocol, related to the leakage of data associated with private videos and access control to JSON-LD objects loaded from the federated network.
  • Ability to disable user export by setting an expiration time for export files and limiting the size of export files, all of which helps improve data management and security on the platform.
  • Video viewing statistics have been optimized
  • An important security measure adopted in this release is the compaction of ActivityPub JSON-LD objects before using them
  • A fix has been made to improve the quality of video thumbnails
  • Preventing blocked users from going live
  • Video viewing endpoints have been optimized to reduce unnecessary ffprobe calls
  • Added ability for plugins to create a custom customer subpage in /my-account
  • Improved default trending ranking of plugins/themes
  • Warn if “Forgot Password” email contains capital letters
  • A more precise button label is now used to save configuration changes from My account
  • Added icon to Owner/Moderator only options
  • Short UUIDs are now always used instead of full UUIDs on the client to avoid URL confusion
  • Added average response time for admins/moderators on the page Request an account
  • Added color to abuse registration/status icon

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