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! Theese 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 file name 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.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New Release 15.04

Version 15.04 of Shotcut is now available for download. This is mainly a bug fix release, but there a few enhancements:
  • Added an audio tone generator (in File > Open > Other).
  • Now you can set a new default duration for audio or video fade filters.
  • The WebM VP9 encode preset enables multi-threaded encoding.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

15.03 Release Video

This video shows the changes made in version 15.03.

New Release 15.03

Version 15.03 of Shotcut is now available for download with the following changes and enhancements.

  • Add Update button to Playlist panel.
  • Double-clicking a successfully completed Encode job, now opens the result in Shotcut.
  • Consolidate GPU and Video filters in Filter menu.
  • Add View > Scopes > Audio Waveform.
  • Move audio peak meter to View > Scopes > Audio Peak Meter and main toolbar button. 
  • Move volume slider to player toolbar icon.