[Server] 2.8.6 released

Bluecherry server version 2.8.6 was released with the following changes:

  • Fixed issue with accessing server over IPv6
  • Support for new distros Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Debian 9 Stretch

For Debian Stretch users it is required to install official MySQL from Oracle’s repos first, before installing Bluecherry.  MariaDB provided by default in Debian repos as a replacement for MySQL is  not compatible with Bluecherry.

Instructions for installing Bluecherry server on Debian 9

https://support.bluecherrydvr.com/solution/articles/31000144879-installing-bluecherry-on-debian-9-stretch

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

[Server] 2.8.5 released

Bluecherry version 2.8.5 was released with the following changes:

  • Fixed crash caused by non-video or audio packets sent by some IP cameras
  • Improved file removal
  • Fixed issue in web UI that caused endless loop filling Apache error log with error messages and triggered by deleting recording files being downloaded
  • Improved estimation of remaining storage time available
  • Used percent of storage space is displayed along with remaining recording time
  • Fixed crash caused by changing motion detection settings on camera in continuous recording mode
  • Use the correct username in the logrotate config file on debian
  • Improved installation process

Upgrading is as simple as running ‘sudo apt-get update ;  sudo apt-get upgrade’ on Ubuntu / Debian systems

The CentOS version now supports updating from a yum repository, new installations will have this enabled by default. If you want to upgrade your existing installation to use the yum repository please follow the steps detailed here. Upgrading on CentOS from the yum repository is as simple as running ‘sudo yum update’

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

[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

[Server] 2.8 Released! Save 28% off software licenses

With the release of 2.8 we are offering 28% off all software licenses until July 20, 2017 using coupon code 28Release.

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