Projects / vcr


VCR enables you to record TV programs using a video4linux-compatible video grabber card. It doesn't require a graphical environment, and by using the avifile library, it can use popular Windows codecs (DivX, Indeo Video 5) for realtime encoding.

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  20 Jun 2003 00:49

    Release Notes: VCR has been updated to compile with recent versions of avifile, which also fixes vertically flipped video recording. Several small bugs have been fixed, and a few features have been added.

    •  11 Nov 2001 18:11

      Release Notes: This release is up to date with the current avifile-CVS. The SplitSize code was fixed.

      •  30 Jul 2001 06:48

        Release Notes: This release includes code updates to work with the latest avifile from CVS, a handler that intercepts ctrl-c, more user contributed code, and a few minor bugfixes.

        •  26 Mar 2001 00:42

          Release Notes: New codec presets, soundcard initialization, and a fix for a bug that prevented compilation with avifile 0.53.5.

          •  16 Mar 2001 04:47

            Release Notes: MP3 audio compression, capture window size cropping, a Perl script to automate recordings using cron, and code updates to compile with the avifile-0.6 CVS source tree.

            Recent comments

            25 Oct 2002 00:59 juju2112

            I must say that this is one of the best programs for Linux i've found so far. Really, really cool.

            Add cron,, and nice, big, empty hard drive, and you're good to go.

            03 Feb 2002 13:58 parallelport

            damn good!
            This tool rocks!
            Actually I'm recording more TV shows with vcr (software) than with my VCR (hardware). No useless searches for tapes and so on. Combined with atd: luxury :-)

            23 Oct 2001 15:00 stony777

            Lack of support
            I can understand that the developer isn´t able to answer all request he gets. (There are mailing-lists, where multimedia-freaks help each other).
            But some kind of mailing-list would be helpful.
            (I have some probs to get the sound smooth and sharp. No result by now.)
            Search something like this under ******* an you pay some 100 bucks!


            14 Oct 2001 21:08 cnbishop

            Potentially a good project
            This project looks like an excellent project, initially, but of late I'm beginning to become increasingly concerned about the lack of support. I've reported an issue with VCR, one that I'm unable to figure out myself, and Bram has yet to respond to my request or even acknowledge that he has received it even months after I sent it.

            While the VCR project can very easily make your Linux machine a good tivo replacement, especially with the webvcr software installed as well, I would not consider this project for those unable to debug it themselves.


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