Glad it worked for you. Development is active for both FFmpeg and x264. Yesterday there were two updates to FFmpeg and Saturday had eight updates. You can see a FFmpeg changelog with:
Originally Posted by shane2peru
The option -l 6 will display the last six log entries. You can view the x264 changelog in your browser. Your installed FFmpeg and x264 packages can be updated as often as you would like. Refer to the "Updating Your Installation" section of the guide.
svn log -l 6 svn://svn.mplayerhq.hu/ffmpeg/trunk
I'm not aware of any FFmpeg beta packages and since I've been using FFmpeg it was always recommended to use SVN. It is the bleeding-edge and I have experienced errors, but the are relatively rare and usually fixed by the next day. From ffmpeg.org/download.html:
Does svn trunk mean it is more of a stable than the beta packages? I have understood svn to be beta stuff, but that is more just my impression than factual.
FFmpeg has always been a very experimental and developer-driven project. It is a key component in many multimedia projects and has new features added constantly. SVN snapshots work really well 99% of the time so people are not afraid to use them.