[Server] 2.8.2 released

The 2.8 release is the latest stable version and includes months of development that was included in the 2.7 unstable tree.  This release supports the following major features:

  • Resolves storage calculation problem with large NFS / SMB mounted storage devices
  • Resolves problem with long start-up times where the server wouldn’t start until all (abandoned) media was checked to make sure the video lengths were correct
  • Fixes error in backup / restore section
  • Automatically load solo6x10 and tw5864 capture card modules (if installed – analog cameras only)

Upgrading to 2.8.2 is as simple as running ‘sudo apt-get update ;  sudo apt-get install bluecherry’ on Ubuntu / Debian systems

Questions or Comments?  Visit our community support site (community.bluecherrydvr.com).

Important notes about this release:

Please make sure all motion maps are correct once you install 2.8.  Previously motion mapping was invalid in some configurations causing false positives or no motion detection at all.  In order to resolve the motion map is reset to default when invalid size is
detected. Also the motion map is reset to default after switching PAL/NTSC on solo6x10 cards, because different motion map sizes are required for each signal type.

The following list of changes for the 2.8.2 release: 

  • Fixed media cleaning caused by error in free space calculation
  • Fixed error message in backup restore
  • Updated database of IP cameras
  • Autoloading of solo6x10 and tw5864 capture card kernel modules
  • Removed solo6010-dkms
  • Added link to server documentation in web UI
  • Removed warning about experimental status of audio support

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The 2.8 release is the latest stable version and includes months of development that was included in the 2.7 unstable tree.  This release supports the following major features:

  • Ubuntu 16.04 support
  • Fix invalid motion detection thresholds for IP cameras, solo6x10 and tw5864 devices (SEE NOTES BELOW)
  • Motion detection events are now logged to bluecherry.log
  • Better support for BC-H480p-16 (Bluecherry H.264 capture cards)

Upgrading to 2.8 is as simple as running ‘sudo apt-get update ;  sudo apt-get install bluecherry’

Questions or Comments?  Visit our community support site (community.bluecherrydvr.com).

Important notes about this release:

Please make sure all motion maps are correct once you install 2.8.  Previously motion mapping was invalid in some configurations causing false positives or no motion detection at all.  In order to resolve the motion map is reset to default when invalid size is
detected. Also the motion map is reset to default after switching PAL/NTSC on solo6x10 cards, because different motion map sizes are required for each signal type.

The following list of changes for the 2.8 release: 

* Improved experimental motion detection algorithm
* Changed set of frame downscale factors for motion detection to
(0.125 0.25 0.5 1.0)
* Fixed invalid sizing of motion thresholds map for IP cameras, solo6x10
and tw5864 devices. Motion map is reset to default when invalid size is
detected. This reset happens on package upgrade. Also motion map is reset to default after switching PAL/NTSC on solo6x10 cards, because different motion map sizes are required for each signal type
* Fixed inversed “Default”/”Experimenta” motion detection algorithm switch in web UI
* Fixed NTSC/PAL switch in web UI
* Fixed issue causing port on solo6x10 going offline after changing
resolution or FPS
* Driver name for capture card is now displayed in web UI
* Fixed capture card detection in case when both solo6x10 and tw5864 devices
are present in the same system
* Fixed service startup issue at boot on Ubuntu 16.04LTS Xenial
* Replaced “solo” with “hwcard” in log messages and web UI where “tw5864”
also could be implied
* Added support for 6110 based Softlogic cards

[Client] 2.2.6 Released – Significant CPU usage reductions included

This release focuses on significant CPU savings by using hardware acceleration (VAAPI) to offload the live view display from the CPU to GPU.  Currently this is best supported in Linux, however other changes in this client release will have lower CPU on all platforms.  Current tests of this client version compared to previous versions show a 60% CPU usage drop on 8 live view HD streams.

This releases also resolves several reported crashes (see release notes below).

As always you can download the client on our website, www.bluecherrydvr.com/downloads or run ‘sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get install bluecherry-client’ on Ubuntu / Debian systems.  Optionally you can build the latest client yourself by downloading the source code here (https://github.com/bluecherrydvr/bluecherry-client)

Any issues can be reported to the community forums

The following features are added in this release:

* Significantly improved liveview performance, now displaying live cameras consumes less CPU power
* Implemented support for hardware accelerated decoding of liveview streams using VAAPI (reduces CPU usage on Linux with supported hardware)
* New option – startup in fullscreen (command line switch -f)
* New option – restoring previous session (windows and layouts) on startup
* New option – automatic startup when user logs in
* Keyboard shortcuts for switching cameras (, .) and layouts (PgUp, PgDown)
* Reversed controls for moving zoomed picture in event player (issue #251)
* Removed OpenGL acceleration of liveview

The following bugs are fixed in this release:

* Fixed aspect ratio in liveview (issue #241)
* Fixed excessive CPU usage in idle state and while playing audio on Linux systems with PulseAudio (issues #289 #291)
* Fixed crash on stream resolution change (issue #286)
* Fixed RPATH issue on Ubuntu 16.10 that caused crash when ffmpeg from repository is installed (issue #287)
* Fixed missing translations on OS X (issue #278)
* Fixed issues with displaying thumbnails in 64 bit Windows build (#271) and OS X
* Fixed crash during switching between recordings

[Server] 2.7.9 (unstable) released

This unstable release is the latest in the bleeding edge of development.

This release adds resolves mysql issues with upgrading from Ubuntu 14.04 to Ubuntu 16.04.  This also fixes a bug where the Bluecherry log showed “Error writing frame to recording”.

If you haven’t upgraded to Ubuntu 16.04, the instructions are below:

Make sure you are using the Xenial repository:

wget -q http://ubuntu.bluecherrydvr.com/key/bluecherry.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/bluecherry-unstable-xenial.list http://unstable.bluecherrydvr.com/sources.list.d/bluecherry-xenial.list

Please post questions or comments to the unstable / bleeding edge forum (community.bluecherrydvr.com).  It is not possible to downgrade from the unstable release back to the stable release without completely removing and reinstalling the software (including the database).

The following changes were added in this release:

* Fixed invalid timestamps coming from IP cameras that caused “Error writing frame to recording: Invalid argument” entries in bluecherry.log. This also fixes some problems with interrupted video recordings
* Fixed numerous PHP errors that resulted in warnings recorded to Apache error log
* Updated MySQL queries that failed in newer MySQL version in Ubuntu 16.04LTS
* Updated path to Apache error log on System Log page of web admin interface
* Fixed “could not read configuration file” error caused by undefined “host” value in config file

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