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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. Full description.

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Version:2.3.13 Free / 2.4.1 Donate History
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Supported operating systems:
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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
Changelog for 2.4.1 (32bit and 64bit)
NEW FEATURES:
1.Introducing MCEBuddy Custom Cuts, a easy to use intuitive application to manually mark sections of video to cut (commercials/advertisements etc) and save them to an EDL file for MCEBuddy to automatically process while converting the video.
2.Custom Commands check exit codes for custom apps if CustomCommandExitCodeCheck=true , a return code of not equal to 0 indicates a failed custom command. If it fails the conversion will stop further processing. Refer to documentation for more details.
3.Added support to extract IMDB Id from filename in the format MOVIEIMDBID.<ext> or SHOWNAMEIMDBID.<ext> where IMDBID is the imdb id for the Movie or Episode. The Showname for a series is taken from title, this is only used to match the IMDB Id for the EXACT episode. E.g. Moviett0103064.ts or Battlestar Galacticatt0519763.ts
BUG FIXES:
4.Fixed metadata lookup for IMDB (IMDBApi has shutdown, now using OMDBApi and MyApiFilms to bootstrap and supplement information)
5.MKV fallback to ffmpeg creates mkv files directly instead of remuxing to MKV to bring additional redundancy and avoid dependence on MKVMerge
6.Updated MKVMerge to 6.9.1 to fix issue with std::bad_alloc memory crash with some MKV files
7.Changed MKV ffmpeg profile to directly encode to MKV to provide redundancy from MKVMerge
8.Fixed forcing show type (reset other types)
9.Fixed issue with files with multiple video streams not selecting correct video stream (now selects first valid video stream) (ignores embedded program streams, only takes independent streams)
10.Better handling for eac3 audio streams
11.Fixed issue with SageTV not skipping chapters correctly due to missing CR in XML and EDL chapter files
12.Corrected issue with sometimes wrong metadata being downloaded and overwritten
13.Fixed issue with Sports types shows being processed as TVShows (type filters)
14.Fixed issue with some corrupted file not being converted with handbrake
15.Fixed issue with some corrupted files not falling back to secondary encoder when handbrake is primary encoder
16.Fixed issue with accidentally deleting original SRT files
17.Fixed issue with subtitles going out of sync, now the default commercial cutting subtitle segment offset if 0
18.Fix for manually corrected title getting overwritten while downloading information
ENHANCEMENTS:
19.Added support for extracting subtitle tracks from M4V, MP4, MKV, AVI etc source files
20.Added redundancy to M4V and iPod profiles with ffmpeg
21.Added support to check for AKA names on TVDB
22.Put check for libmp3lame, does not support multi channel audio, force stereo
23.Xbox 360 profile now stereo channel audio (Xbox 360 only supports stereo AAC)
24.Enabling Save Metadata in Conversion Task Expert settings also saves the Cover Art now
25.Added support for nested file renaming (%ismovie%<Movie,%issport%<Sport,TV>,TV>) patterns
26.Added support for reading SageTV XML metadata
27.Added support for 2 new SageTV parameters in Custom Rename and Custom Command, %airingdbid% and %mediafiledbid% which represent the sageDbId’s from the SageTV metadata Airing and MediaFile tags
28.Added support for FFProbe JSON instead of FFMpeg to read the media file information. This allows for future upgrades to FFMpeg with newer features without breaking MCEBuddy. If MCEBuddy cannot find FFProbe it will fallback to FFMPeg (compatibility and redundancy)
29.Enhanced reading the frame rate (FPS) with some media files
30.Added support to extract subtitle, episode and season number from WTV/DVRMS files if the subtitle is empty and the information is contained in the Description field (UK recordings)
31.Changed text "Use MC Compatible renaming" to "Organize by seasons"
32.Advanced Settings is now called General Settings on main settings page
33.Changed color of expert settings text to blue to make it more visible
34.Locale is now called Language
35.Updated handbrake to SVN6229
36.Added %originalext% and %convertedext% to CustomCommand params and %originalext% to Rename patterns
37.Improved subtitle syncing significant
38.Added support to extract subtitles from MP4, MKV and other formats where possible
39.Improved saving metadata in XMBC format
40.Added support to read metadata in XBMC format

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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:
MCEBuddy Gettings Started - Read
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Acronyms / Also Known As:
MCE Buddy

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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
Guides: https://mcebuddy2x.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=Ge ... r%20Guides


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
Guides: https://mcebuddy2x.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=Ge ... r%20Guides


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: http://lifehacker.com/341950/belvedere-automates-your-self+cleaning-pc)

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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