VCS 1.11.2 released

A new small update to vcs is available to download. This should be the last update before 1.12 (which will take a while to be ready) but the massive changes in 1.11.x still need more testing so who knows.

Changes in 1.11.2:

  • Some Real Audio codec names (v4, v5 and v6)
  • Bugfix/Feature: Fallback for default font on systems that don't register fonts with ImageMagick
  • Bugfixes: Clean up correctly extra temporary dirs, fix for non-GNU awk (e.g. mawk)

vcs 1.11.2
deb, rpm, PKGBUILD & bz2
as usual at

VCS 1.11.1 released

Here's a very small bugfix release, nothing too fancy this time around:

– A name for the FLV1 codec (used in older flash videos)

– Warnings about the DEFAULT_* configuration variables accidentally removed in the previous release (and temporarily accept them)

– A check of ImageMagick's version that should work in all systems

Also new there's a PKGBUILD file for packaging for Arch.

vcs 1.11.1
deb, rpm, etc.
as usual at

numcaps in configuration

After a user report I noticed I should clarify: If you add, e.g. numcaps=10 to your configuration file you're changing the default number of captures but the default mode of operation is to capture at fixed intervals so to actually use this value you also have to add timecode_from=$TC_NUMCAPS to your configuration, which the changes the mode of operation to a fixed number of captures. E.g.:

$ cat ~/.vcs.conf

VCS 1.11 released

In this post:

Release notes

Finally a new version of vcs, and it brings a truckload of changes. So many in fact that it will probably break in new and unexpected ways but so far it has been working quite fine.

The major improvement will probably be the tweaks to video duration detection that should get rid of the dreaded "Failed to capture…" on the last capture.

Other new features worth mentioning:

  • Height can be defined as a percentage (-H 25%) or set configuration files (th_height=160)
  • Output filename can now be set manually (-o file)
  • Lots of small cosmetic tweaks, from default font and heading background, to tighter padding or smaller timestamps. And the ability to tweak or disable padding.
  • Support for DVD has been revamped and should work much better now.
  • FreeBSD users are now (mostly) first class citizens for vcs 😉
  • More concise --help output, added --fullhelp for the whole bore
  • Handling of non-latin filenames makes a lot more sense now
  • And last but not least, the usual lot of bugfixes, better detection of video features, better aspect ratio detection, new codec names, etc.

On a more mundane note, no longer both MPlayer and FFmpeg are required, either one will do (although both will render best results), bc is no longer required.

Also, I'm providing an rpm package too this time around.

And finally this version will work on bash 2.05b, in case you're using some tight system like DSL.

In case you wonder how the hell did I count to make 1.11 follow 1.0.100a, I just remembered I should bump the version when new features are added, and re-counted versions. Lame I know but at least numbering should make more sense now.

Important I forgot to add warnings about this: If you're using a configuration file, there's been some renamings: DEFAULT_NUMCAPS is now numcaps, DEFAULT_INTERVAL is now interval and DEFAULT_COLS is now cols.

Edit: 1.11.1 fixes this: warns about their usage and accepts them for now.

A note for everyone (but specially for porn aficionados)

Please, if at all possible link directly whenever you discuss vcs. I know many communities prefer to use link redirections to keep referrer hidden but knowing how people is using or what they're saying about vcs helps me in improving and fixing it.

I know full well such a script caters to pr0n uploaders and I'm not offended, no need to hide 😉

Conversely, if you know of any discussion about vcs feel free to let me know so that I can jump in or steal get ideas from it.

BTS and Documentation

Finally, in case you didn't notice, the documentation site has received a lot of love and now is much more useful, and I've also opened a bug tracker in case you prefer it to e-mail.