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VidCoder -> Version History

This is the version history page for VidCoder, showing the last 20 software updates. You can return to the main page for this software by clicking here.


Version 7.15
  • Release Date: May 15, 2022
  • Download(s):
    • Increased maximum number of picture previews to 60.
    • Added Croatian translation, thanks to Mario Toth.
    • Added additional guard around playing encode complete sound to address reported crash.
Version 7.14
  • Release Date: Apr 11, 2022
  • Download(s):
    • Fixed potential crash if a drive is missing the RootDirectory property.
    • Fixed an issue where the portable version would crash if the Temp folder contained a file named Update.exe .
    • Updated translations.
Version 7.13
  • Release Date: Mar 9, 2022
  • Download(s):
    • Added Vietnamese translation and updated other translations.
    • Lowered the max number of scans done on one scan instance to 35, as some were reporting problems with 40.
Version 7.12
  • Release Date: Feb 20, 2022
  • Download(s):
    • Picked up fix from Clowd.Squirrel package to allow specifying a specific version of the .NET Framework. Changed to specify 6.0.2 so the right framework version is installed on systems where 6.0.1 is installed. This fixes the hung install issue on those systems.
    • Updated translations.
Version 7.11
  • Release Date: Feb 16, 2022
  • Download(s):
    • Added checks around uninstaller execution to make sure it only runs for the Squirrel install type and continues when the uninstaller is not present.

Version 7.10
  • Release Date: Feb 13, 2022
  • Download(s):
    • Changed to use .NET 6.0. The installer should automatically install this, and the portable version should have all necessary files embedded and not need the install.
    • Switched to Squirrel installer package.
      • Install is now 1-click and auto-launches without an install wizard.
      • Auto-updates no longer require a UAC prompt.
      • Auto-updates now happen silently on next program launch. There is an optional setting to be notified of new versions on startup.
      • A single click can restart VidCoder with the new version, similar to Chrome or Edge.
    • Added zip of binary files to GitHub releases, for those who want to install a specific version of VidCoder or customize their install.
    • Added the option to immediately recycle or delete source files after a successful encode.
    • Moved source recycle/delete options from Global Options to the Picker window under the Post-encoding section.
    • Added ability to constrain cropping to a single axis (whatever is cropped the most).
    • Added ability to set a minimum cropping threshold, to prevent small changes to the picture size.
    • Changed cropping type selection from radio buttons to a dropdown box.
    • If immediate source file removal is enabled in the Picker, (Encoded) will no longer be appended when the source path is the same as the destination path. This means that you can set it up to re-encode a file in place instead of creating a copy elsewhere.
    • Updated to determine if an encoder supports two-pass by calling into the HandBrake core.
    • Removed pastebin functionality for logs, and replaced with a menu option to report a problem with an completed encode.
    • Added option in help menu to request a feature.
    • Updated "report bug" menu item to auto-fill the VidCoder version and install type.
    • Added tooltip for Chroma Smooth filter.
    • Fixed video encoding Tune value not updating correctly when switching encoding presets with different containers.
    • Added app manifest to declare us as per monitor DPI aware, which fixes window maximization in some multi-monitor setups with different DPIs.
    • Changed beta info update check to happen only when switching to the update tab in options.
    • Only show the "duplicate" button when an audio/subtitle track is already selected. This should make it less likely that it's mistaken for the button to enable the track.
    • Changed handbrake temp file cleanup to not use regular expressions. This should stop a mysterious intermittent issue caused by not being able to find System.Text.RegularExpressions.dll.
    • Fixed issue that caused a delay in cleaning up old HandBrake temp files on exit.
    • Changed beta info update check to happen only when switching to the update tab in options.
    • Added fallback logic to pick a valid audio encoder when the one in the encoding profile is not available.
    • Fixed issue with out-of-order initialization that caused a crash on startup while upgrading presets.
Version 6.45
  • Release Date: Dec 29, 2021
  • Download(s):
    • Fixed crash when clicking on the "join beta track" link.
    • Removed presets with unsupported hardware encoders from the built-in presets list.
Version 6.44
  • Release Date: Dec 5, 2021
  • Download(s):
    • Updated "open bug" link to bring user to template chooser and auto-fill the VidCoder version and install type.
    • Fixed video encoding Tune value not updating correctly when switching encoding presets with different containers.
    • Fixed an issue that prevented typing in the custom colorspace setting text box.
    • Fixed theming for turbo first pass checkbox.
    • Updated translations.
Version 6.43
  • Release Date: Nov 21, 2021
  • Download(s):
    • Decoupled "start encoding after scan" option in Picker from the "automatically queue after scanning" option.
    • The "start encoding after scan" option will now automatically start encoding after queuing multiple files.
    • Fixed issue where added simultaneous encodes would not show up in the encode details window.
    • Fixed crash on initialization when notification API is not supported.
    • Fixed crash on Enqueue Multiple Titles window.
Version 6.42
  • Release Date: Nov 2, 2021
  • Download(s):
    • Fixed crash on switching to Custom mode on the NLMeans filter.
    • Fixed preview not updating on switching titles in the Queue Multiple Titles window.
    • Removed a couple of NuGet package references that should already be part of the .NET 5 framework. Hopefully these will help with some missing DLL crashes that have been reported.
    • Updated crash report text to include version and installer/portable status.
    • Added error handling for failed post-encode actions.
    • Updated translations.
Version 6.41
  • Release Date: Oct 18, 2021
  • Download(s):
  • v6 Stable! This brings all of the improvements cooking in the v6 Beta release.

    This version upgrades to .NET 5.0, which is a complete platform overhaul. This means many things, good and bad:

    • We're on the latest version of .NET, which means better performance.
    • We had to throw out or find replacements for many libraries. I was not able to find an adequate color picker, so you need to type in a 6-digit hex code instead. You should be able to pick a color through a different tool like Paint.NET.
    • Enabled pre-compilation with ReadyToRun, which should improve the launch time.
    • The Microsoft Store package refused to build with .NET 5, so it is being retired. Portable and Installer are now the way to go!
    • The portable version now includes a self-contained runtime, so now it's truly portable and can run even on systems without any .NET runtime installed.

    The minimum version of Windows supported is now Windows 10. Windows 7/8 are now "run at your own risk."

    • Added video compare feature. This allows you to quickly switch between the original and encoded videos to evaluate your encoding quality. Right click on a completed item and select "Compare against original". This works on any encode that starts at the beginning of the video, so you can lower the end range to compare smaller test encodes.
    • Added ability to edit audio and subtitle track names from the main window. Also updated to automatically preserve audio and subtitle track names from the source video.
    • Core engine
      • Added Chroma smooth and Colorspace filters.
      • Added additional options for deblock filter.
      • Added 10 and 12 bit video encoders.
    • Added ability to automatically pause encoding when battery or disk space is low. (Global Options -> Process)
    • Removed the requirement to set a default output folder. The user's Videos folder is now selected by default.
    • VidCoder is now single-instanced, due to better support of simultaneous encodes. Launching again will activate the current instance rather than create a new one. This prevents getting into a bad state when minimizing to the system tray.
    • Look and feel
      • The app has a fresh new icon, thanks to ArtexJay.
      • Changed window title bars to use custom UI. This gives Dark mode a more cohesive look.
      • Updated checkbox and radio template buttons to look better in Dark mode.
    • Added marker to main window to tell if the current output path is being automatically set by the picker or has been manually overridden. When in manual mode, the marker can be clicked to revert to automatic naming. When in automatic mode, clicking it will open the Picker destination settings.
    • Simultaneous encodes
      • Increased simultaneous job maximum to 8.
      • Implemented limits for hardware use. 3 for NVEnc, 3 for VCE, 1 for MF, dynamic based on core count for QSV, and 1 per DVD/Blu-ray drive source. These apply on top of the globally configured maximum and make sure the encodes do not error out or slow down from overloading the hardware.
    • Picker improvements
      • Added the ability to automatically include .srt, .ssa or .ass files with the same name as the source video.
      • Removed output file location settings from Global config and moved all of them to the Picker. Output location is specified in only one place now.
      • Added word break settings for cleaning up source titles.
      • Added shortcut buttons to go to audio and subtitle picker options.
      • Changed "Foreign Audio Search" to "Foreign audio scan" and added an option in the Picker to separately include it alongside other selection rules for normal subtitles.
      • Changed audio and subtitle selection mode radio buttons to a more compact drop down.
      • Added option to ignore files below a certain minimum size when batch queueing.
      • Added option to pass through video metadata like director, release date and actors.
    • Moved Rotate filter to before the crop/scale filter. This means that output sizes/cropping are applied after rotation.
    • Added ability to reflect deinterlace/detelecine/grayscale in picture preview.
    • Added cropping, output size, audio tracks and subtitle tracks as optional queue columns.
    • Added option to retry failed jobs. Global Options -> Advanced -> Number of encode retries.
    • Made CPU throttling and process priority options changes apply to currently encoding jobs.
    • When increasing Max simultaneous encodes, new jobs will be started right away.
    • Added new "Recycle" option for "Delete source files when clearing completed items". With this mode, there will be no confirmation dialog, but the source videos will automatically be sent to the Recycle Bin.
    • Added an option in Global Options -> Advanced to control the order that's used for drag/drop queued files.
    • When adding an item that's already in the queue, it will prompt to replace the queued job, rather than overwrite with an additional job at the end.
    • Changed in-progress file names from .mp4.part to .part.mp4 to allow attempts to play partial encodes.
    • Greatly improved batch scan speed by re-using the worker process.
    • Binaries are now digitally signed, which should eliminate warning dialogs when installing recently released versions.
    • Added Arabic translation.
    • Many bug fixes.
Version 6.35 Beta
  • Release Date: Jul 24, 2021
    • Fixed issue that stalled batch scans after 46 items.
    • Suppressed warning dialog for unrecognized subtitle file encoding when loading in a batch, to prevent duplicate warning dialogs.
Version 5.21 Version 6.2 Beta
  • Release Date: Jan 16, 2020
  • Download(s):
    • Updated HandBrake core.
    • Reverted ManagementEventWatcher change as it caused shutdown after encode complete to stop working.
    • Fixed a startup error when the toast notification service is unavailable.
Version 6.1 Beta
  • Release Date: Jan 4, 2020
  • Download(s):
    • Changed window title bars to use custom UI. This makes dark mode look much better.
    • Added ability to automatically pause encoding when battery or disk space is low. (Global Options -> Process)
    • Added shortcut buttons to go to audio and subtitle picker options.
    • Added desktop shortcut option to installer.
    • Fixed app hang when Windows ManagementEventWatcher call hangs.
Version 6.0 Beta
  • Release Date: Dec 29, 2019
  • Download(s):
    • First v6 Beta release. A few minor fixes to start with.
    • Changed to take container/subtitle type compatibility into account when choosing multiple subtitles via the picker.
    • Added support for preserving an audio track's name during encoding. We now show the name in the track list in the main window.
    • Removed the advanced option to edit the audio track name; now it is always visible.
    • Removed some unused resources.
    • Fixed the (none) placeholder text not appearing when max width/height is not set.
    • Fixed missing DRC label.
    • Fixed a problem where the pause and stop buttons could get disabled at the end of an queue with simultaneous encodes.
    • Fixed crash on trying to apply current preset to queue when the only items in queue are encoding.
Version 5.13
  • Release Date: Nov 24, 2019
  • Download(s):
    • Releasing v5 to Stable!
    • Updated HandBrake core to 1.3.0. This brings many new features, including:
      • Support for encoding to WebM container format
      • Support for reading Ultra HD Blu-ray discs (without copy protection)
      • Updated Intel Quick Sync Video to use Direct3D 11 API
    • Overhauled log system
      • Each scan and encode has its own separate log, and general app messages are put into the General log.
      • Logs for past scan and encode events are visible on the Log window.
      • Added button to upload the log to Pastebin and copy a link to it.
      • Added option to copy logs to a custom directory.
      • Removed in-memory log copy which should reduce VidCoder memory consumption.
    • Added support for importing SSA/ASS subtitles.
    • Improved behavior for dragging imported subtitle files: It pops up a non-blocking status message rather than opening a dialog.
    • Removed Advanced tab. It had not been updated in years, is missing a ton of options, bad defaults, inaccurate tooltips and no protection from invalid settings. The recommended way to alter these settings is now through the More Settings box and referring to up-to-date documentation on the settings:
      • The full x264 parameter list is now displayed side-by-side with the "More Settings" box to let you know exactly what you're getting.
    • Added option to keep failed and stopped output video files. Global options -> Advanced -> Keep files from failed or stopped encodes .
    • Updated to disable move/remove/edit context menu items for jobs on the queue that are currently encoding.
    • Picker changes:
      • Added ability to automatically select chapter ranges.
      • Added ability to drag/drop rearrange them.
      • New picker will always open beside the picker it was based off of, rather than the end of the list.
    • Added shortcut buttons to source panel to change audio and video encoding settings.
    • Added keyboard tips to the ribbon when pressing Alt.
    • Added F5 keyboard shortcut to Encode or Resume.
    • Added context menu option to remove all items from the queue.
    • Added options to clear succeeded or clear failed from the completed items list.
    • Changed "Delete" menu option on queue to "Remove from queue" to make it less ambiguous.
    • Replaced worker process communication with a new .NET Core compatible library.
    • And many bug fixes and other small improvement.
Version 5.12 Beta
  • Release Date: Aug 24, 2019
  • Download(s):
    • Updated subtitle file picker to support *.ass files.
Version 5.11 Beta
  • Release Date: Jul 23, 2019
  • Download(s):
    • Updated HandBrake core.
    • Fixed crash on encountering files with unknown length (GIF).
    • Updated to disable move/remove/edit context menu items for jobs on the queue that are currently encoding.
Version 4.36
  • Release Date: Jul 17, 2019
  • Download(s):
    • Fixed crash that could happen while parsing corrupt window placement data.
    • Fixed issue that could freeze VidCoder while switching pickers with associated presets.
    • Fixed issue with audio/subtitle summary being incorrect after opening a completed item.
    • Fixed Queue Multiple Titles not respecting the "output to source directory if possible" config setting.
    • Additional check for 0 length titles
    • Added logging and fallback behavior for issues with initial directory when opening a file.
    • Updated translations.

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