VCS 1.13.3 released

The latest version of VCS is available to download.
It's been a good while since the last release, but there aren't a lot of changes this time around, apart from the usual bugfixes there's better handling of errors and unsupported files.

The most important bug fixed is obviously the one I already previewed some days ago. The header was being cropped with current-day ImageMagick, and that problem should be gone.

See the full changelog for more details.


vcs 1.13.3
vcs-1.13.3.gz (script only)
or
vcs-1.13.3.tar.gz (script, sample configuration, manpage and profiles)
deb, rpm, PKGBUILD & xz
as usual at p.outlyer.net/vcs

Quick fix for cropped media info in VCS

Just a quick note for those encountering this bug where the codec information is misaligned and cropped, you can download a pre-release of the next version now. There's a couple more bugfixes and minor changes, and hopefully not much breakage.

This issue has been there for months (first pointed out, together with the fix, by Markus), but I haven't gotten the time to look into it until now, sorry to anyone affected.

Cropped media info box

Cropped media info box


Fixed media info box

Fixed media info box

You can grab the script from https://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/pre-RELEASES/vcs-1.13.3-pre.2.bash.

Unofficial Ruby version of VCS

For anyone interested, Thomas has contacted me to let me know he wrote a "Video Contact Sheet Ruby" which reuses part of VCS' code and outputs contact sheets in the same style.
Being written in Ruby, its code will be less of a mess and, even more interestingly, it can run on Windows with less hackery than VCS.

So you're invited to take a look at his project at https://github.com/FreeApophis/vcs.rb.

VCS 1.13.2 released

A new update of VCS with a couple bugfixes is available to download. Once again, if you had problems with the previous versions there's nothing new.

It fixes a bug when using MPlayer as capturer that could produce one more capture than expected. Thanks to Miya for reporting it.

See the full changelog for more details.


vcs 1.13.2
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.13.2.gz (script only)
or
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.13.2.tar.gz (script, sample configuration, manpage and profiles)
deb, rpm, PKGBUILD & bz2
as usual at http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/

VCS 1.13.1 released

A minor update of vcs is available to download. In short, if you don't use Arch and you had no problems running it there's no need to update.

It fixes an uncommon bug and updates the build script for Arch Linux. Thanks to Eris Belew for reporting these.

See the full changelog for more details.


vcs 1.13.1
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.13.1.gz (script only)
or
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.13.1.tar.gz (script, sample configuration, manpage and profiles)
deb, rpm, PKGBUILD & bz2
as usual at http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/

VCS 1.13 released

An updated version of vcs is available to download. Shame on me for the long wait since this has been pretty much completed for months.

The biggest change this time is the "blank frame avoidance" feature, with which (mostly) blank frames will not be captured, if possible, this is one of the cool features found in mtn and worth stealing 🙂

Also worth noting is the ability to load profiles automatically. E.g. adding "profiles=white,mosaic" to your ~/.vcs.conf file will use both profiles. A new profile ("compact") is added, and a list of installed profiles can be obtained with $ vcs –profile :list.
The manual page is finished too.
Of course you'll have to download and install the full package instead of just the script to get the profiles and man page installed.

Other minor additions are the identification of captures from FRAPS and of course the usual batch of fixes and scheduled changes. FreeBSD users, and hopefully Mac OS X too though I can't check, can again use the script too.

Finally, please read «Features to be removed from VCS» if you have any interest in VCS' future versions.

See the full changelog for more details.


vcs 1.13
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.13.gz (script only)
or
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.13.tar.gz (script, sample configuration, manpage and profiles)
deb, rpm, PKGBUILD & bz2
as usual at http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/

Features to be removed from VCS

There's some features in vcs I plan to remove to ease working on it's absurdly big code. I haven't seen them used in the wild except long ago, plus in my samples and manuals by others. I'm calling for your opinion, however, to know for sure if I should actually remove them or not. Use the comments section below or, preferably, email me at outlyer@gmail.com.

Features marked for deletion:

VCS 1.12.3 released

I haven't updated VCS in a while and somehow managed to keep this update ready but unreleased for months, so today I decided it was about time to get rid of it and be free to work on 1.13 😛

This is a minor update with a couple bugfixes, but most importantly, it marks the switch to bash 3; this means a lot of small changes to the code so you should update to 1.12.3 to test if it works correctly before I release future versions (eventually 🙂 with much more important changes.

Changes (excerpt):

  • Bugfix: Actually handle –ffmpeg and –mplayer [#169]
  • Bugfix: Correct parsing of -U [#187]
  • Switch to a minimum of bash 3.1 [#173]
  • Avoid re-capturing the same frame twice [#122]
  • Use getent instead of /etc/passwd when available
  • Bugfix/Internal: Don't use mplayer's length as a ceil for timecode removal [#174]

vcs 1.12.3
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.12.3.gz (script only)

or
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.12.3.tar.gz (script, sample configuration, manpage and profiles)

deb, rpm, PKGBUILD & bz2
as usual at http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/

VCS 1.12.2 released

Another minor update, although the last few versions have contained a really stupid bug that prevented the temporary files from being removed (leading to a lot of stale, possibly big, files), so upgrading is highly recommended. Thanks to Jason Tackaberry for pointing the bug.

Note though I'm still on holidays so this is a quick and dirty release (with little testing).

Changes:


vcs 1.12.2
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.12.2.gz (script only)

or
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.12.2.tar.gz (script, sample configuration, manpage and profiles)

deb, rpm, PKGBUILD & bz2
as usual at http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/

VCS 1.12.1 released

A very small update this time. It's only been delayed by real life stuff.

Only worth mentioning:

  • Workaround for cases in which GAWK uses comma as decimal separator. Many European languages use commas but only a few versions of GAWK do actually print them (and newer versions don't anymore). People encountering this bug will have certainly noticed since it results in all kinds of errors.

vcs 1.12.1
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.12.1.gz (script only)
or
http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/files/vcs-1.12.1.tar.gz (script, sample configuration and profiles)
deb, rpm, PKGBUILD & bz2
as usual at http://p.outlyer.net/vcs/