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Feb 14 2015

VideoMonkey 0.17 released, TheTVDB works again

TheTVDB used to be forgiving in how you requested search results by not requiring your API Key. They took that away recently, which made search for TV shows stop working. Thanks to all those who pointed this out and many thanks to Daniel E. White for providing a patch. Additionally, I also added proper handling …

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Oct 12 2013

Video Monkey v0.16 Released – theMovieDB is Back!

I’ve update VM to use the v3.0 API of theMovieDB. So you can once again get movie metadata. And it does a better job of fetching data in the background so metadata fetches should feel a bit snappier. I’ve also fixed a few other bugs, including the extremely annoying placement of movies in the “Home …

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Oct 02 2013

Movie Metadata Retrieval is Broken

I’m sorry to say that as of September 15, 2013, has switched to a new format of data downloads. So that feature of VideoMonkey no longer works. I’m working on the problem and hope to have a fix soon. Stay tuned…

Oct 27 2012

Version 0.15 is now available to fix Matroska errors

Please download the 0.15 version of Video Monkey via the usual channels. This should fix the problem where MKV files were getting a bad framerate and therefore not encoding video. Please post comments if you continue to have issues. Hopefully this is the best Video Monkey ever!

Oct 25 2012

New version of mediainfo wreaks havoc with version 0.14 Matroska files

Well, I’m finding that “updating” Open Source tools is something of a fools errand. I’m happy with the better performance, access to advanced filters and less buggy behavior of the new version of ffmpeg. Unfortunately, it had some compatibility issues. I fixed these in version 0.14, but one of those fixes involved updating mediainfo. The latest version of …

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Oct 20 2012

Quick release of 0.14 to fix a few issues

The 0.13 release introduced a couple of bad bugs. The first was that the fastest encoding speed stopped working. This is due to the newer version of ffmpeg. I failed to fix the fastest encoding settings. An error was also introduced because of the change to the Snow Leopard SDK. I’m not sure if I was using …

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Sep 28 2012

Video Monkey 0.13 Released with Long Awaited Custom Encoding

The big feature in this release is the custom settings panel. Just go to the Output Pane of the File Info Panel and you’ll see several check boxes. Click one and you can adjust that parameter. I’ve tried to make the UI as simple and intuitive as possible. For instance, when you adjust the cropping …

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Jun 12 2012

Video Monkey repository back at github

There’s been a lot of rework of the Video Monkey website over the last few weeks. I’ve moved servers, redesigned the site and moved things around a bit. That’s all done now, and I hope things are back to normal and better than ever. Please let me know if you are experiencing any more problems. …

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Aug 09 2011

Version 0.12 fixes Leopard compatibility problem

I just switched to Lion and didn’t install the 10.5 (Leopard) SDK. Consequently the 0.11 release of Video Monkey used the Lion SDK and the result wouldn’t run on Leopard. All that should be fixed now, so all you Leopard holdouts can start using Video Monkey again  😉 I’ve also refined the bitrate/frame size calculations, …

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Aug 06 2011

Version 0.11 Released, fixes many format bugs

Here is the promised 0.11 release with several bug fixes for annoying problems, like the inability to create files for the 1st generation Apple TV, and not being able to make full size MPEG-4 files. I’ve also added a long standing patch from Lars Koerkemeier which adds Growl support. See the release notes for the full …

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Jul 25 2011

Video Monkey is Now Hosted at

A few of you may have noticed me moving bugs over to my new bugzilla database. I’ve never liked github’s issue tracker, so I hope this will make it much easier to keep track of bugs. The downside is that, in order to submit a bug, you have to register for a bugzilla account. Fortunately …

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Mar 17 2011

Video Monkey 0.10 Solves Problems on Leopard

Many of you were experiencing problems with 0.9 not working at all on Leopard. That was because I was cleverly trying to make Video Monkey into a 64 bit application. I was hoping for super-fast encoding speeds and an app built … for the future! I was so naive back in those days (3 weeks …

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Feb 15 2011

Video Monkey 0.9 is (finally) here

It’s been longer than I had hoped to get the new release out. But the move is complete and 0.9 is up and waiting. If you already have Video Monkey installed you can simply run the app and select Video Monkey -> Check For Updates… If not, just download it from here, unzip it and …

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Feb 12 2011

Pardon Our Dust

This is the new Video Monkey site. It’s fresh, but not quite complete. You’ll find the source code on github now, by clicking on the Source Code menu item above. Downloads are not yet available here, but you can still get them from Sourceforge. Please be patient and we’ll soon be complete and better than …

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Dec 26 2010

What’s been happening with VideoMonkey?

It’s been a long time since anything has been going on with the project, so I thought it was high time to get out some news. Truth is, I’ve been really busy at work and haven’t had time for Video Monkey lately. But I’ve gotten a new drive to get more encoders into Video Monkey. …

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Apr 08 2010

Version 0.8 Released with better Metadata search

Well version 0.7 fixed the crashing problems, but introduced some instability in the metadata search feature. So I’ve gone through and fixed those problems. Along the way I’ve added better  error reporting and improved the usability quite a bit. Now when you search using the search box (because the name of the show was not …

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Mar 17 2010

Version 0.7 Released with crashes fixed

Sorry it’s been so long since doing a release. This one is just a quick fix for the crash when trying to encode around 3 files. I’ve been able to successfully encode over 30 files, so I think the problem is gone. I hope to get on with some of the bugs and add support …

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Dec 17 2009

Version 0.6 Released

There’s a new release of Video Monkey available. This is mostly to get rid of the automatic metadata search function, which was causing problems when the metadata search sites went down. Now by default automatic search is turned off. To search for metadata, open the Info panel, select the metadata…