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MCEBuddy takes your video recordings and REMOVES COMMERCIALS and Advertisements while converting your recordings into formats that are usable on other systems and portable devices. It does all of this automatically in the background with a minimum of fuss and little technical knowledge required. Converts from WTV, DVR-MS, TS, MPEG and many other formats. Converts to MP4 , AVI, MKV, portable devices and others. Removes Commercials. Converts in the background at scheduled times. Very easy simple user interface for basic users and an advanced options interface for power users to tweak the quality, volume, trim videos, extract subtitles, schedules, custom file renaming, eMail notifications, downloading show information from the internet, selecting audio language and many more features.

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
Changelog for 2.4.2 (32bit and 64bit)
1.Added support for 2 rename parameters if season is > 0 and if episode > 0. Refer to documentation for more details. %ifseason%<RenamePatternIfTrue,RenamePatternIfFalse> %ifseason%<RenamePatternIfTrue,RenamePatternIfFalse>
2.Added support to extract chapters from source file and save them to converted file if commercial removal is disabled
3.Added an option to extract Ad markers from Playlater mp4 files instead of running commercial detection

4.Fixed bug in calculation for reduction in quality when using constant quality profiles
5.Fixed issue with metadata title being overwritten when episode imdb id was specified or imdbid was downloaded
6.Fixed issue with burning subtitles with Handbrake
7.Fix for IMDB timing out due to search too long
8.Fixed potential issue with chapter creation timestamps in non US locales
9.Handbrake no progress hang detection only applies to hardware encoding
10.Restore software encoding params if hardware encoding fails before retrying
11.Fix conversion failure when using conversion task specified temp folder with multiple simultaneous conversions
12.Fixed issue with WTV and some handbrake H.264 profiles having color distortion
13.Fix for quality not working with ffmpeg profiles (bug in 2.4.1)
14.Custom command parameters (month, day, minute and hour) output to match custom rename output (2 digits each)
15.Keep datetime translation for rename and custom params in sync
16.Fixed bug deleting source file while extracting closed captions for a slow remuxed file
17.Fix for monitor task skipping files in archive directory even if archiving is not enabled
18.Fix issue #1952, h.264 source video after conversion with hardware encoding enabled plays back too fast (frame rate issue)
19.Added check for Shownalyzer or Comskip failing, if so terminate the conversion
20.Fixed an issue with extraction of subtitles with SageTV files and added backup extraction mechanism for all files
21.Added check for root directory while uninstalling so we don’t accidentally erase the whole root directory if users made a mistake while installing
22.Fixed issue with International Unicode subtitles not being extracted properly
23.Recycle bin option disabled when running as a windows service (windows only support recycle bin from user logins)
24.Bugfix for removing links to monitor tasks from conversion tasks when monitor tasks are deleted
25.Fixed an conversion failure with extracting and processing subtitles when in rename only mode

26.QuickSync hardware driver hang detection timeout taken from global hang timeout
27.Added support for XML STB format for saving cuts in MCEBuddy Custom Cuts
28.MP4, M4V and MKV profiles are optimized for fast start when using handbrake
29.Added support to convert DTB XML file into EDL files
30.Standardized EDL format while converting
31.Added support to insert cuts in between existing cuts in MCEBuddy Custom Cuts
32.Optimized sync monitoring of source files
33.Optimized IMDB search time significantly
34.Added support for Movies and sports genre for ArgusTV metadata
35.Added support to goto the cuts by right clicking and left clicking on the cuts in CustomCuts
36.Volume increase/decrease is now shown as a % in the advanced conversion settings
37.Added option for over to write Title from IMDB, streamlined and fixed metadata downloading
38.Updated AtomicParsley to 0.9.6
39.Added support to download information using season and episode no for IMDB, TMDB, and TVDB. This is useful for PlayLater client which don’t have air date or subtitle information
40.Added %airhour12% and %recordhour12% to custom rename and custom params
41.Skip removing commercials for files < 100MB in debug mode only, in release mode process all files
42.Added support to read episode and series details from media portal XML files and fix issue with tv show being recognized as movie
43.Updated ffmpeg custom build to 28th Feb 2014 base code with wtv mpeg2video fix and pts/dts workaround
44.Improved genre extraction from WTV
45.Changed DRC to Volume leveling in the GUI
46.Added support for new languages
a.Bosnian Latin -> bs-latn
b.Croatian -> hr
c.Yucatec Maya -> yua
d.Querétaro Otomi -> otq
e.Serbian Cyrillic -> sr-Cyrl
f.Serbian Latin -> sr-Latn
47.Improved performance and compatibility with newer builds of Comskip
48.Dropped support for Window XP (particularly with handbrake profiles)
49.Added support for newer handbrake builds
50.Updated Comskip to 0.81.072, added support for newer builds of comskip
51.Updated MKVMerge to 7.6.0, improved support for HVEC
52.Updated ccextractor to 0.76 to support wtv extractions
53.Updated comskip to 0.81.076
54.Update Handbrake to SVN7149, improved stability
55.Improve dynamic resizing of status layout onscreen and CLI
56.Provide a warning in MCEBuddy Custom Cuts if conversion tasks are found with commercial removal turned off while sending files for processing
57.Added option to rename monitor tasks
58.Added option to duplicate conversion tasks

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All features / Full description:
DVR-MS to WMV, DVR-MS to DivX, DVR-MS to H264, DVR-MS to AVI, WTV to TS, WTV to MP4, WTV to AVI, WTV to MKV

Guides and How to's:
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Acronyms / Also Known As:
MCE Buddy


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Love this more each day I use it. Great work MCEBuddy team, you really sweat the small stuff

Posted December 10, 2014 by . Tool version 2.4.1 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Also I am using their new custom cuts tool to trim any excess video. It works perfectly and at the click on a button I can have mcebuddy finish processing it after I mark the cuts. I just love the way these guys innovate!

Posted October 19, 2014 by . Tool version 2.4.1 using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

The best version yet I've used in the last 2 years. With hardware encoding it zips past, infact comskip takes longer than the encoding itself.

Great job guys!

Posted October 18, 2014 by . Tool version 2.4.1 using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

2.3.15 with hardware encoding is just super fast. brought my conversion time down from 1.5 hours to 20 minutes!

Great going guys.

Posted February 21, 2014 by . Tool version 2.3.15 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

2.3.14 just takes the software to a different level, i like the new simplified user interface and love the new features. just the best software of it's kind. I wish other developers would take examples from this team, very responsive and supportive.

the new software release hardware encoding and I'm loving it so far. It's like a 10x increase in speed.

Posted December 14, 2013 by . Tool version 2.3.14 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

The best software I've ever used for converting videos and it removes commercials. It's fast, super easy to use and just brilliantly designed and it's free :)
Not to mention the awesome support.

Posted November 25, 2013 by . Tool version 2.3.14 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

I've gotto say since 2.2.15, this has been the best version out there.

It's pretty stable, love the UPnP feature which lets me connect to MCEbuddy from work (:D)
The new comskip profile works for me pretty well, it's a little more aggressive but I like it, no ad's at all!
and it's finally working on windows XP also.

Posted October 25, 2012 by . Tool version 2.3.5 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10
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Brilliant software, 2.2.15 is the msot stable version yet.

I love the features, it works like a charm on all my recordings (including HD, except Copy Protected). It's the easiest and most functional software I've used to date (now the most stable too to removing commercials)

Love that I can really customize it through the app, I can schedule my conversions and get notified via eMail, the commercial cutting is very accurate for me. I cen control the language, rename the files as I like, change the resolution and quality - brilliantly done!
I can even make my own custom profiles as I choose and the support and documenation is the best I've seen yet for free software.

Nice work RBoy.

Posted September 16, 2012 by . Tool version 2.2.15 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10
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Does not do hd recordings , nowerday a must...

Posted August 12, 2012 by . Tool version 2.2.11 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 3 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10

My review of MCEBuddy will be mostly on a functional level, as I'm no videophyle, so I haven't tried all the different options and configurations. But so far, as I've used it, MCEBuddy does what it's advertised to do. I set it to watch a folder of DVR-MS files, and boom, it converts them all to Divx automatically! The conversion looks pretty darn good too. But like I said, I'm no videophyle, so what I think looks good, I'm sure someone else will say looks crappy.

Ease of use is great. I'm pretty sure a non-technical person could pick it up and use it no problem. Point it to your source directory, give it a destination directory, choose your format, and you're done. But there seem to be enough configurations to satisfy the pickier users. I've only tested out the Divx conversion, which worked great. But it's got a list of formats longer than my... well, it's pretty long. I'm excited to try out the Zune configuration, cause I'd love to have it convert some of my shows for my Zune.

The only reason I didn't give it a 10 for functionality is that it takes a while to convert the files. I don't do a whole lot of encoding/decoding, so I'm sure it's on par for the course, but it's seems a bit long for me. But if you record a lot of stuff, which I'm sure most people running MCE do, don't point it to your main Recorded TV folder. Your machine will be encoding all day long, and it will never catch up to all the shows you've got. What I do is use a tool to move specific shows out of that folder automatically to another folder, say called "Converting Queue", then run MCEBuddy on that folder only. It might be nice in future releases of MCEBuddy to allow it to create some filters so you could tell it to only convert certain shows. But my setup works great. (If you're curious what I'm using to move the shows, it's Belvedere, from Lifehacker:

I have not yet tested out the commercial detection/skipping functionality.

Anyway, all around great tool, and named very aptly, because I can assure you it will be my buddy with MCE from now on.

Posted March 24, 2008 by . Tool version 1.0.8 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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