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These are the release notes for tovid versions 0.1 through 0.19, with the newest on top.

tovid 0.19 Edit

(2005-07-27)

GNU autotools now used for installation. The old tovid 'configure' script is retired; instead, run "./configure && make install" as root to install tovid.

tovid IMPORTANT CHANGES

  • Input filename and output filename prefix must now be specified using the -in and -out command-line options.
  • Configuration files must now contain 'tovid' alone on the first line. Please edit your configuration files accordingly.
  • Heavy modifications are in progress with the aim of improving portability. tovid now uses /bin/sh instead of bash, but it's still experimental and you may experience new bugs.

OTHER CHANGES

  • Output and logfile formatting improved for completeness and readability
  • Bugfix for panavision encoding
  • Interlacing encoding (hopefully) fixed



tovid 0.18 Edit

(2005-07-04)

tovid

  • Able to handle input without an audio track; silence is generated instead.
  • -safe option for defining a target TV safe area.
  • -filters option to specify post-processing filters to be applied (or none)
  • Auto aspect ratio detection and appropriate letterboxing. New -aspect option to override the autodetection
  • Experimental -interlaced and -interlaced_bf options for creating interlaced output streams.
  • -discsize option for breaking output files into chunks of any size. Default is 700 MB for (S)VCD, 4500 MB for DVD.
  • Sanity check for missing audio stream.wav file.
  • -subtitles option for encoding a given subtitle stream into the video. Currently only supports hard-encoding of subtitles; good for foreign films or anime, to have subs on-screen all the time.
  • -update option, to print out progress reports only at specified intervals.
  • Minor stream redirection, to prevent mplayer errors from showing up as tovid errors.
  • Better stat reporting; accumulates total size of all outputs, instead of just the first output file.
  • -fps and -twopass options removed.
  • -version option
  • Full URI may be used as the input file; input will be streamed over the net if necessary.
  • -mplayeropts for passing arguments directly to mplayer
  • -config option, with inclusion of a default config file. Config files contain valid tovid command-line options with any amount of whitespace or comments.
  • Statistics log (~/.tovid/stats) now in comma-separated format for easy import, and now includes min/max GOP size
  • Various bugfixes

tovidgui.py

  • New supporting classes added for future use (HidablePanel, MiniEditorFrame)
  • Bugfix to keep log window updated when GUI is not focused
  • 3-step interface, instead of next/previous
  • Reorganized interface classes into "task panels;" each task panel is responsible for completing a specific task, and will usually comprise several steps.
  • Allowed disabling of tooltips (annoying with continued use)
  • Various structural changes and bugfixes

idvid

  • Identifies files that have no audio stream
  • Infers aspect ratio from mplayer

makedvd, makevcd

  • New scripts for imaging and burning discs. Incomplete.



tovid 0.18b Edit

(2005-02-28)

tovidgui.py Fixed bugs:

  • PyNoAppError that occurred because of premature font object creation
  • Incorrect VCD video bitrate of 1500 changed to correct value 1150
  • 'makemenu' command bug with text color, caused menu creation to fail
  • Idle-event processing bug that prevented the next command from being run when the system was truly idle
  • wxWidgets version bug that caused failure on GetFirstChild
  • "Next: Encoding setup" was being enabled too soon. Fixed some cases where it wouldn't make sense to proceed with encoding.
  • Refresh problem with menus; title list was only refreshed when menu was selected.

Features and touch-ups:

  • Integrated help system to guide user from one step to the next, option to show/hide the help panel
  • Default video title is now filename with underscores converted to spaces
  • "Preview video" button on video options panel
  • Command output window has larger font
  • Removed unnecessary "Print command" buttons from options panels
  • Disabled "Add slides" button (not working anyway)
  • NTSC film (23.976fps) output support

tovid Fixed bugs:

  • Bug causing normalization failure with newer version of 'normalize' (called 'normalize-audio')
  • Bug manifesting in GUI when normalization was used
  • Using 'tr' instead of 'sed' for CR/LF replacement, fixes potential problems under Cygwin

Features and touch-ups:

  • KVCDx3, KVCDx3a and "KDVD" support added
  • -type option added for specifying video type (live action, animation, or black and white). Not fully implemented yet.
  • Added -ntscfilm for NTSC film (23.976fps) output
  • Quick fix for already-compliant video: symbolic link from output file to input file is created (avoids extra complications in the GUI)
  • Tidied up logic in encoding



tovid 0.18a Edit

(2005-02-09)

tovidgui.py

  • Completely revised version of the old GUI

dvrequant

  • New component created by Jean-Francois Ouellette for requantizing (shrinking) and re-authoring DVD titles

tovid

  • New -parallel option for more CPU- and space-efficient encoding
  • Use -vc dummy during audio dump by default if functional

makemenu

  • Support for different fonts. (See tovid webpage for instructions on maximizing your font choices.)
  • Configurable text, selection, and activation colors

makexml

  • Support for chapter breaks at whole-minute intervals
  • Grouping capability, for combining several videos into a single title
  • Forced separate-titleset flag to author differing resolutions to the same disc (DVD, Half-DVD, DVD-VCD)



tovid 0.17 Edit

(2004-12-12)

tovid-batch

  • New component for processing multiple videos with tovid

tovid

  • New -priority option for controlling run-time priority of the important components
  • New -deinterlace option for fixing interlaced input video
  • Fixed bug that caused invalid VCD output
  • Put CPU speed back into stats output; added version number to stats output
  • Increased intra-DC precision, modified GOP size/selection
  • Included luminance stretching in postprocessing to maximize luminance range, make darks darker, lights lighter
  • Fixed some bugs affecting progress reporting and mplex commands
  • Fixed some bugs affecting the use of filenames with spaces
  • Audio encoding done first to minimize overall disk space usage during encoding

idvid

  • More accurate duration reporting
  • More complete identification of (S)VCD- and DVD-compliant files, identification of multiply-compliant video

makemenu

  • Merged with old 'makempg' component and expanded; this component now does all the necessary steps in creating an MPEG menu for (S)VCD/DVD

makexml

  • Added output for "back" button from submenus
  • Added support for (S)VCD still-image MPEG slides
  • Fixed many bugs with (S)VCD XML output

postproc

  • Added -debug option to save logs
  • Added stats output



tovid 0.16 Edit

(2004-11-22)

tovid

  • Faster encoding time and better CPU usage on some machines by using mplayer -benchmark, and removing 'nice -n 16' from mpeg2enc
  • Much higher quality output (lower quantization) at high bitrates, as well as more intelligent quantization settings at all bitrates
  • Fixed bug that caused problems for locales using a comma ',' for the decimal separator
  • Fixed zero-length bugs in duration, width, height, and FPS reporting
  • Helpful message printed at end of encoding
  • -lowquality option now affects other encoding options in addition to denoising
  • Required-space messages printed in megabytes instead of kilobytes
  • CPU model instead of CPU speed reported in ~/.tovid/stats; other useful stats included, better stats output formatting

makexml

  • Support for (S)VCD XML output
  • Checks for existence of video files
  • Fixed bug that caused titlesets to begin at 2
  • Message at end tells user how to use the XML file

makempg

  • Improved interface and usage output
  • Support for (S)VCD and PAL
  • Better standards-compliance (AC3 audio for NTSC DVD)
  • Automatic image rescaling

idvid

  • Fixed bug that caused error on filenames with spaces

postproc

  • Shrink percentage reported



tovid 0.15 Edit

(2004-11-15)

tovid-interactive

  • New tovid interface for interactive video encoding

postproc

  • New component for shrinking video or adjusting A/V sync in finished mpeg videos

tovid

  • Corrected default bitrates to conform to (S)VCD and DVD standards
  • Added mplex options for variable bitrate and better buffer sizes
  • Switched all scaling routines to mplayer instead of yuvscaler
  • AC3 audio encoding for NTSC DVD, to conform to standard. Requires ffmpeg.
  • New options for controlling video and audio bitrate
  • Sanity checks for needed utilities; graceful failure if they aren't available
  • Extended command-line options moved to "advanced", visible by using the -help flag
  • Added -lowquality option to turn off denoising

idvid

  • Identifies mpeg1 and mpeg2 video by name instead of hex code



tovid 0.14 Edit

(2004-11-03)


New installer, 'configure'

tovid

  • Multiprocessor support is now enabled. mpeg2enc will use multiprocessing if more than 1 CPU is available
  • Progress indicator and encoding-time estimate during encoding. Most other output suppressed and redirected to a log file
  • Statistics printed out on exit, and saved to ~/.tovid/stats
  • Denoising now applied to all videos
  • Slightly better error-checking

idvid

  • More output, ffmpeg used if available for determining running length

makempg

  • Quick-and-dirty script for converting a still image plus background music into an MPEG video. Useful in making menus.



tovid 0.13 Edit

(2004-10-25)

tovid

  • All options now require a dash '-' prefix. See usage notes.
  • Added -twopass option to fix some videos with variable frame rates
  • Code cleanup

tovidgui.py

  • Changed options to include dash '-' when calling tovid.

idvid

  • Initial release. Prints some useful identifying information, makes attempts to recognize valid VCD/SVCD/DVD video. Not fully reliable.

makemenu

  • Initial release. Can create a basic menu image. Only one font at the moment.

makexml

  • Initial release. Creates a basic XML file for dvdauthor, defining navigation structure.



tovid 0.12 Edit

(2004-10-20)

tovid

  • Added support for PAL output
  • Included '%d' field in output prefix for VCD/SVCD, allowing mplex to split output into CD-sized chunks for large videos
  • Changed '-H' mpeg2enc option to '--keep-hf' to eliminate possible problem with differing mpeg2enc versions
  • Fixed some of the frame rate problems. Most videos should encode correctly now (with the exception of ASF and some MOV).
  • Added (hopefully temporary) "fps" option to force a specific frame rate. For information on using this, please see the project website.



tovid 0.11 Edit

(2004-09-09)

tovid

  • Switched to mplex (of mjpegtools) instead of tcmplex (of transcode), thus removing dependency on transcode
  • Fixed bug when scaling to 2.35:1 aspect without denoising or normalizing
  • Removed "-vc dummy" from audio encoding command (segfault reported)
  • Prettied up output a little bit



tovid 0.1 Edit

(2004-05-30)

  • Initial release on LinuxQuestions.org

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