Thursday, October 1, 2015

New Release 15.10

Version 15.10 is now available for download. This is a bugfix-only release - no new features. Except, there are new Dutch and Russian translations - thank you, asilnevs and rayanayar.

After the addition of new features such as insert/remove track and a major upgrade to libraries in recent releases, we just wanted to focus further on stabilization and bug-fixing. We have fixed some issues in regions that do not use a period as the decimal mark. Why only some? Well, we are not entirely confident we have reproduced all possible problems. However, we did find and fix a major bug in that area. In addition, when opening a project document, we added a function to look for a malformed project containing both periods and commas in some numeric values. Why only "some?" Because, with filters there are many possible values to locate. In addition, in this first pass on that function, we wanted to be conservative about how heavily we modify the document. Only some fixes are better than horribly mangling it into something useless, right? Thus, only edit timing and size/position rectangle values are repaired. Do not be frightened by this; your original project is not modified. First, you will receive a warning dialog including the option to not repair the project. Also, it makes and uses a copy of your project file with "Repaired" in the new name.

You will also find some fixes for long-standing problems such as:
  • audio waveforms not appearing correctly for long clips on the timeline,
  • drag-n-drop from Windows Explorer not working reliably,
  • animated GIFs loading as a still single image,
  • crashes opening a project containing a Text filter,
  • crashes using the draggable fade controls on the timeline, and
  • missing scroll bars around filter parameters.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

New Release 15.09

Version 15.09 is ready for download and aims to improve compatibility and stability on modern systems. This was primarily achieved by upgrading to Qt 5.5. This fixes compatibility issues on Linux systems with AMD graphics. It also introduces a DirectX display method option on Windows (when not using GPU processing) for systems with inadequate OpenGL. With that said, there are some caveats; notice we said "modern systems." The new version is 64-bit only for all operating systems. After all, 64-bit CPUs have been available for nearly 12 years. Also, the OS X version requires at least OS X 10.8. In addition:
  • Added Scrub Audio to Settings menu.
  • Added Display Method to Settings menu (Windows only).
  • Added Portugal Portuguese translation to Settings menu.
  • Added Mute audio filter.
  • Updated FFmpeg to v2.7.

Monday, August 10, 2015

New Release 15.08

Well, what do you know? It turns out there is a v15.08 for download after all! It was delayed due to build infrastructure problems and travel. While we have been focusing lately on a major UI toolkit upgrade, I wanted to get some fixes out. In addition, there are some new things:
  • Added a Greek translation (thank you, firewalker).
  • Added a Ripple All Tracks option to the Timeline menu (default is off).
    In version 15.06, we changed insert and delete operations to ripple (move following clips) across all unlocked tracks. It turns out that enough new and casual users found that disorienting and did not realize there is track locking to control it. Therefore, we added a toggle option in the timeline menu (see button on timeline toolbar). More advanced users who want this behavior will have to turn it on.
  • 5 new audio dynamics filters (thank you, Lauren):
    • Compressor
    • Delay
    • Expander
    • Limiter
    • Reverb

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New Release 15.07

Version 15.07 of Shotcut is now available for download. Here is a quick rundown on the new features and changes with details to follow:
4K logo
  • 4K UHD support
  • 5 new video filters:
    • Old Film: Dust
    • Old Film: Grain
    • Old Film: Projector
    • Old Film: Scratches
    • Old Film: Technocolor
  • 5 new audio filters:
    • Bass & Treble (3-band graphic equalizer)
    • Band Pass
    • High Pass
    • Low Pass
    • Notch
  • Added Insert Track and Remove Track
  • New default Encode settings produce a better quality H.264 MP4 file
  • Composite now defaults to on/enabled for new video tracks
Shotcut has been able to do 4K for a while now if you made a custom video mode or correctly use automatic mode. However, there were a few things we wanted to do before making it official. First, you really need to be using a 64-bit build, and we delivered that for Windows in the previous release. For this release, we added 4K video modes to the Settings menu and extended our support for Blackmagic Design 4K SDI & HDMI devices (tested output with Intensity Pro 4K).

The new audio and video filters were produced by two teenage daughters for a summer job/project! These old film video effects can be considered toy filters. The film grain effect does not try to emulate any real film stock, and the Technocolor filter does not try to faithfully reproduce the 20th century Technicolor processes. It merely intends to approximate the look. Therefore, our spelling with an 'o' is intentional to avoid any false claims and association with the trademark.
animated GIF of old film effects

Often, we get asked "how do I export?" To which we sometimes reply, "Encode > Encode File > enter a filename ending with .mp4" as beginners or casual users do not want to figure out a preset or custom settings to use. However, that did not always produce great results. The new default Encode settings are setup to produce a good - but not big - MP4 for any resolution and frame rate. This means it no longer defaults to using the filename extension to choose format and codecs. Previously, it would produce a 2 Mb/s average bitrate file, which did not look good for 1080 or higher. The new default uses a quality-based variable bitrate making it more convenient and easy to output for modern devices and Internet sharing.

Another frequently asked question is how to make a picture-in-picture or make a new video track use the alpha channel (transparency). It seems most people are using additional video tracks for overlay/compositing. Therefore, we decided to enable composite by default for additional video tracks. If you are not using the video track for that and do not like the decreased performance as a result, you can simply click that 'C' button in the track header to turn it off.

Monday, June 1, 2015

New Release 15.06

Version 15.06 of Shotcut is now available for download. We are pleased to offer our first 64-bit version for Windows! As exciting as that may be, please keep in mind that it is new and therefore somewhat experimental.
  • Added Audio Spectrum analyzer.
    Audio Spectrum screen snapshot
  • Changed audio Gain filter to use dB and log scale.
  • Added a toggle button to Lock a track.
    Track Lock screen snapshot
  • Changed Insert and Ripple Delete to ripple across all unlocked tracks.
  • Changed keyboard shortcuts to adjust track height to Ctrl+- and Ctrl+=.
  • Added keyboard shortcuts to toggle track:
    • Mute - Ctrl+M
    • Hide - Ctrl+H
    • Lock - Ctrl+C

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Version 15.05 re-released

We noticed a couple of major new bugs in versions 15.04 and 15.05.02 (according to the download filename and Help > About). Therefore, we made some quick fixes, which you can download now (15.05.06):

  • Fix frequent crashes with both Settings > GPU and Settings > Realtime turned off.
  • Fix the Timeline Split command producing incorrect results. If you saved a project with the faulty Split command in the short-lived v15.05.02, then the problems were also saved to the project, and there is no automatic fix for it. You should remove the problematic shots and recreate them.
  • On OS X, fix a crash when choosing Remove from the Timeline clip/blank context menu.
  • On OS X, fix the new keyboard shortcuts for selection control (select under play-head, move selection, deselect).

Saturday, May 2, 2015

New Release 15.05

Version 15.05 of Shotcut is now available for download. I want to welcome and thank a new developer on-board named Harald (metellius). I also want to mention and thank a developer named Brian (pez4brian) who has been helping out for more than a year now.
  • Add Distort option to Size and Position filter.
  • Add video Cut option to Transition Properties.
  • Code-sign Windows executable and installer.
  • In Timeline, operate on clip under the play head if nothing is selected.
  • New keyboard shortcuts for Timeline:
    • Select clip under play head: Ctrl+Space.
    • Move selection one item to the right/left: Ctrl+Right/Left.
    • Blanks can be selected to remove/ripple-delete: X or Shift+Del or Shift+Backspace.
    • Deselect everything: Ctrl+D.
    • Open As Clip: Enter/Return.