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.
2.3.14 release is available through the Early Access Program.
Changelog for 2.3.14 (32bit and 64bit)
1.Support for multiple monitors and super low resolution mode (640x480). Now you can use MCEBuddy on your TV screen and not lose the button at the bottom of the screen.
2.Option in Conversion Task -> Expert Settings to configure conversion new tasks to top or bottom of queue
3.Support to drag and drop folders onto the queue
4.Option to filter based on show type (Movie or Shows) in the conversion task settings
5.Option in Conversion Task Settings for automatically importing converted files into the iTunes library and Windows Media Player (WMP) library
6.Option to Select the best soundtrack in Conversion Task -> Advanced Settings (enabled by default). When this option is selected MCEBuddy will let the encoder (ffmpeg or handbrake) choose the best audio track. Use this if you’re ending up with the wrong sound track after conversion. When selected this will only create a single audio track in the converted file. If you want ALL the audio tracks in the converted file then you need to uncheck this box. NOTE: If you want to keep all the audio tracks in the converted file will need to uncheck this box (multiple audio tracks only work with supported profiles like TS, WTV, MP4 and MKV).
7.Support for parental rating in custom commands and custom file renaming, %rating%
8.Support for manually specifying logon network credentials under Expert Settings for shared network files when adding using the Add button or dragging and dropping from a network share.
9.Option to skip reprocessing videos that already have a converted file in the destination directory (only works for files added through a monitor task, ignored for files added manually to the conversion queue)
10.Option to skip reconverting videos that have been converted in the past (based on history file and name of destination file)
11.Support for forcing commercial segment joining tool CommercialMergeTool=ffmpeg/avidemux in profiles.conf
12.Option under Conversion->Expert Settings to Skip copying original files. DO NOT USE UNLESS ABSOLUTELY SURE.
13.Post movement of converted file to destination folder custom command (PostCustomCommand)
14.Pre metadata extraction custom command (very start of the conversion process). Useful for using custom scripts to extract metadata for the recording from the databases/sources so that MCEBuddy can process it (e.g. writing a script to extract metadata for the recording from the DVBLink recording database into a XML file that can be processed by MCEBuddy). (PreMetaCustomCommand)
15.New profile for 3gp (h263) complaint video with CIF resolution for older smart phones
16.Added auto deinterlacing/telecine detection as a profile option (AutoDeinterlace=true) and also the Conversion Task Settings (Detect and optimize video quality)
17.Added standalone command line version of the service (MCEBuddy.ServiceCMD.exe). You can use this and disable the MCEBuddy service if you want.
18.Set of new Unprocessed profiles that are UBER FAST but don’t process the video other than removing the commercials and preserves the original quality.
19.Custom built ffmpeg using stable code base with improved speed (upto 20% faster and improved AAC audio codecs quality)
20.H264 remuxing speeds up by 80%. Now by default AllowH264CopyRemuxing is set to true. Comskip supports basic H264 commercial detection, consider using the Donator version of Comskip to speed up the commercial detection (http://www.kaashoek.com/comskip/)
21.Forcing Series ID replaced with a NEW page to correct the Show title or force imdb/tvdb series id, add multiple rows to process multiple shows per conversion task or leave one row to apply to all shows. NOTE: Users currently using this feature will need to RE-ENTER the Force Series ID data after upgrading.
22.Support for user resizeable “stretchy” windows for the main page
23.Support for dynamic resizing of windows to avoid missing controls at low resolutions and while changing monitors/TV’s (second screen)
24.Improved GUI status page layout, more intuitive. History button is now on status page
25.Option to force recording type as Movie or TV Series in conversion expert settings to enhance downloading metadata from the internet for non WTV files
26.Improved eMail notifications
27.Improved metrics details
28.Larger history (INI) file (about 45,000 sections, each section can have about 1500 entries)
29.Improved metadata support for WTV and WMV files
30.Updated comskip to 0.81.056
31.Update MediaInfo to 0.7.64
32.Upgraded AviDemux to 2.6.4
33.MP4, MKV and M4V profiles now support multiple audio tracks by default
34.Reduce CPU utilization while GUI is minimized
35.Reenabled option to install ffdshow upon installed MCEBuddy (see below for fix for WTV files)
36.Optimized frame references while encoding to speed up encoding for MP4, M4V, MKV, iPhone, iPad profiles. About 20%-30% faster now for high quality and normal profiles
37.Now when MCEBuddy is outside scheduled conversion times it will PAUSE the conversion (in addition to not starting a new one) and will resume it when within conversion scheduled times. Also when switching back to A/C power it will check if it’s within scheduled conversion time before resuming
38.Option to “one-time” manually resume conversion when auto paused outside conversion schedule
39.Changed schedule start and stop times to AM/PM instead of military style time
40.Updated ccextractor to 0.66
41.Simplified conversion task user interface, new button for advanced settings
42.Support for additional languages
43.Ignore copy protection option has been moved to conversion task expert settings (instead of general expert settings). NOTE: You will need to reset the ignore copy protection setting after upgrading MCEBuddy
44.CustomCommand now runs after renaming the converted file, BEFORE moving to the destination folder (while still in temp working folder). So now %convertedfile% will give the final file name and not the intermediary file name.
45.Custom command with blank parameters
46.Improved and more responsive ETA calculation for long conversions
47.Increased the limit of maximum files in manual queue from ~800 to ~300,000
48.Improved performance by reducing the number of network read and copy operations
49.Added column for Converted File name and path in history window
50.Flexible resizeable History and Event Log pages
51.Support for ffmpeg -b:v format for bitrate definition in profiles
52.Rename and move only option now renamed and independent to rename files options
53.Extracting NFO metadata for all video types
54.Support for DVD profiles (TS and VOB)
55.Better mkv support (no remuxing from mp4 to mkv, direct encoding)
56.Option to profile CopyLogFile=true to copy the comskip generated log file to the output directory
57.Support to create chapter markers even if the commercials have been removed, the markers represent the end of a commercial scene
58.Option to Embed subtitles and chapters under Conversion Task -> Expert Settings to explicitly enable to disable adding the subtitles and chapters to the converted file. Some older players don’t support embedded chapters and subtitles. This option needs to be enabled manually (even if you’re checking Commercial skip cut)
59.Option in Conversion Task -> Expert Settings to disable writing metadata to the converted file (helps with some PS3 and older TV’s which have issues with embedded metadata)
60.Support for extracting metadata from mkv
61.Increased speed and redundancy of MP4 Fast and MKV Fast profiles (ffmpeg option added)
62.Improved and fixed metadata downloading and matching from the internet (TVDB, IMDB, TV, TMDB)
63.Added support for audio only source files (no video) and audio only profiles (mp3 and aac)
64.Improving fast remuxing support for wtv and dvrms files
65.Added support for extracting closed captions using streams
66.Added support for PremiereDate in custom commands and custom rename (refer to documentation for more details)
67.Major bugfix which could lead to no audio in the converted file or a remux failure (when 0 channel impaired audio track gets selected)
68.Major bugfix (thanks to cmgj), High Profile and 2 pass ffmpeg profiles were not delivering “High Quality” due to a broken pass. Now actual significant improvement in High Quality profiles.
69.Some conversions getting stuck forever while removing commercials and merging segments (AviDemux cannot handle merging very small video segments)
70.Extracting Movie release year from WTV file when original broadcast date and time are not available
71.All screens now auto adjust and create scrollbars if required
72.Some audio and video corruption and sync issues, especially with H264 video and TS files
73.WTV files created by MCEBuddy not being able to playback in WMP and MCE. (UnInstall Windows Update KB2670838)
74.Not being able to access network shares set for Everyone access. MCEBuddy needs a username for accessing network shares for everyone / without passwords. By default this is now set to Guest.
75.Uninstallation issue with timeout
76.Changed H.264 level to 4.0 (instead of 4.1) to make MP4/MKV profiles compatible with a wider range of devices like Samsung and Roku
77.Issue with reading FPS from encrypted streams
78.Not sleeping while conversion if paused
79.Issue where iTunes would show “Movies” as “Home Videos”
80.Bug that would crash the monitor tasks when monitoring a remote network location after a resume from standy of if the network location went offline
81.Prevent log overload by repetition
83.Issue in reading titles from filenames
84.Hiding window on /startmin
85.Handling corrupted TS files which caused broken output and loss of commercial removal sometimes
86.Too many files in queue or history file causing GUI to crash
87.Closed caption extraction
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.
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.
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 frankmaster100.
Tool version 1.0.8
using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10
Value for money 10
Overall score 9
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