[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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[Server] 2.7.7 (unstable) released – Now with 16.04 (Xenial) support

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

This release adds support for Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial) and removes the bluecherry php module (which caused some issues in the past with different distributions, and was a pain to keep updated).  This is a *UNSTABLE* release, do not use this on a production system however internal tests have been fine with upgrading from 14.04 to 16.04.

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:

* Compatibility with Ubuntu 16.04LTS
* Removed bluecherry PHP module
* fixed condition for error message about directory not readable

[Server] 2.7.5 (unstable) released

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

This release creates image snapshots for at the start of each continuous recording which is used in the client “Browse events” and “Timeline”.  In previous releases a snapshot was only taken during motion events.  This release also returns a 404 if the image is not found (if the image is deleted or not accessible)

Download instructions for the unstable repository can be found here.  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:
* Create screenshot for continuous records
* Return HTTP 404 when screenshot file is missing