Saturday, December 6, 2014

New Release 14.12

In addition to little fixes here and there, this version has a new filter menu to prevent the menus from getting too full as we add more.

Now, you can flag filters as favorites. The default list upon opening the menu is your favorites. Click the other icons to view all filters of that type. In addition, when GPU processing is enabled, you can use CPU-based video filters in addition to the GPU filters. We only show the CPU filters that are not redundant with their GPU counterpart. We only allow you to place CPU video filters after all GPU filters, but you can still reorder within those groups. This is done mainly for performance reasons - to prevent the video from having to go back and forth between CPU and GPU memory.

Version 14.12 re-release

We recently discovered that versions 14.09 - 14.12 were failing to launch on systems running OS X 10.8 and older. In the course of fixing it, we believe the problem could affect more than just those versions of OS X - a Linux user reported a similar problem. Also, we noticed a regression on Windows with the ability to drag-n-drop files onto the player window after a filter using on-video controls (VUI) had been used at least once during the session. Therefore, a new 14.12.06 build of the 14.12 release is available for download to address these problems.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

New Release 14.11

The new version 14.11 of Shotcut is now available for download with the following enhancements in addition to the usual bug fixes:
  • The HTML5 features are finally available on Windows!
  • Add source code editing to the HTML editor.
  • WebGL logo
    Add 3D Text filter based on WebGL, typeface.js, and three.js.
  • Add support for DirectShow devices on Windows in the Open Other dialog.
  • Add the Opus audio codec.
  • Opus codec logo
    Change the VP9 WebM preset to use the Opus audio codec.
  • Add support for the #localtime# keyword to the Text filter (no button yet).
  • Restart instead of simply closing the app when changing the GPU or language settings.
  • Change the Redo keyboard shortcut to Ctrl+Y on Windows only.
  • Save file paths in MLT XML with relative names for assets in the same folder or sub-folder. This makes it easier to use a relocatable project folder.
  • Add scale and offset parameters and a preset widget to the Rotate filter. Usually after rotating a video, part of the image has been clipped. These new parameters provide control for that clipping processing including no clipping.
  • Add Italian translation.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Release 14.10

Since it is the beginning of the month, it is time for a new release (v14.01) of Shotcut. This is primarily a maintenance release to fix some bugs. However, this version does introduce a Polish translation. Also, for Leap Motion control, the roles of open and closed hand have been swapped - close hand to pause, open it for shuttle control. This makes it operate more like other Leap apps and makes it more reliable when moving your hand in and out of Leap's view. In addition, FFV1 encoding has been fixed and restored. Thank you to everyone who has shown your support.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Compositing Improvements

We recently released version 14.09 with new compositing features. Compositing for a track on the timeline has been available for some time by clicking the C button in the track header. However, there was no way to control the size, position, and opacity of the video or graphic. This could have been made available earlier as a filter with a UI that simply uses sliders and numeric fields, but that is not fun to use! We wanted to provide a way to more directly interact with the video to adjust the size and position. We needed to develop a new capability to overlay UI controls on top of the video using the same QML technology we use for the filters and timeline. Now that capability is available as the Video User Interface, or VUI for short. The new Size and Position and Text filters provide a rectangle control in the VUI.
There will be a video tutorial coming soon to explain how to use this in more detail. The new Size and Position and Opacity filters can be used with both GPU or CPU processing, but the new Text filter is only available in CPU mode. Here are the complete release notes for v14.09:
  • Added WMV and WMA encode presets.
  • Enabled the video player zoom and pan controls for OS X.
  • Added Size and Position video filter with a rectangle control that overlays the video player.
  • Added a simple Text video filter also with rectangle control overlay. This is a dynamic text filter supports pre-defined variables: Timecode, Frame #, File date, File name.
  • Enabled parallel video processing for Encode File on systems with more than 2 logical cores when not using GPU Processing. This makes encoding faster when using filters, transitions, and compositing.
  • Added an Opacity video filter.
  • Added an option on video fade filters: Adjust opacity instead of fade with black.
  • Now you can add filters to an entire track by clicking the track head and using the Filters panel.
  • New projects created with this version now load much more quickly.

Friday, August 1, 2014

New Release 14.08

Shotcut 14.08 is now available for download. In the past month, we have just been continuing to fix problems while we work on some new features in branches. Hopefully, next month the new features will be ready.
  • Now the Stabilize video filter really does work on Windows.
  • Added a Gamma menu item to the Settings menu when in GPU mode, which performs gamma correction. Previously, the display gamma was fixed at sRGB, but now you can choose Rec. 709. Previously, when applying a GPU filter, Shotcut would output sRGB gamma when encoding to a Y'CbCr file, and that has been removed/fixed.
  • Transfer characteristic (gamma) metadata is now written to video files that support it (e.g., H.264).
  • The filter UI layout is now automatically adapts to a horizontal or vertical layout to suit more workspace layouts.
  • Upgraded FFmpeg to version 2.3.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New release 14.07

Shotcut 14.07 is now available for download. Here are the changes since previous release:
  • Added a "Remove Old Program Files" option to Windows installer. 
  • Added an auto-save feature. You must first save a MLT XML project file for this to work; so, save a project shortly after you start making something. 
  • Improved Video Stabilize and Audio Normalize analysis job handling.
  • Added a dialog to confirm exit if there are unfinished jobs.
  • Improved working with image clip duration on the timeline. Previously, you had to set a duration in the Properties panel before adding an image to the timeline, and then you could not trim the image clip to make it longer. Now, the duration property controls the out point and you can crop the image clip to resize the duration up to 10 minutes.
  • Filter UI general cleanup and new combination slider/numeric-spinner control. The tiny up/down arrows on the spinner are gone, but you can still use the cursor up/down keys as well as mouse wheel to increment and decrement. Also, the "thumb" on the slider is gone, but you can adjust the slider "bar" by clicking, dragging, or mouse wheel.