Fade in and out filters have been added as of version 14.03.01. There are 2 video filters - Fade From Black and Fade To Black - plus 2 new audio filters: Fade In and Fade Out. The video filters support GPU processing if you can use that.
As you can see in the screenshot, fade conrols are available on the shots directly on the timeline making it very easy and convenient to add the filters and adjust audio+video in a tandem/ganged fashion. Simply move the mouse pointer to the top-left corner or top-right corner of a particular shot to make a pulsating circle appear. Then, click and drag the circle control horizontally to drag-out a fade rectangle. But that does not mean you have to use the timeline to utilize these new filters. If you are simply working with a clip or playlist project, you can still apply and use these filters. And before you ask, no, this update does not include or support cross-fading audio or cross-dissolving video. That is coming next.
Now, as of version 14.02.18, the clip rectangle aligns to the track, and there is snapping that can be toggled. Instead of an append-only operation, there are now overwrite (default) and insert (ripple) operations. Overwrite has been corrected to support overwriting multiple shots and gaps along with its corresponding undo action. Lastly, there is optional scrubbing in the program viewer while dragging.
As of v14.02.12, GPU processing works again in Windows! Of course, you need a video card and driver that supports at least OpenGL version 3.2. This has only been tested on systems with NVIDIA, but it should work with other providers.
Also, as v14.02.13, drag-n-drop of shots from either the Playlist or the Source player into the timeline is working now on Windows and OS X. (Previously, it only worked on Linux.) This is very basic at the moment by only letting you append a shot to a track, but it was necessary to get it working across platforms before enhancing it.
Thanks to contributing developers, Stabilize and Normalize filters are improved as of version 14.02.11. Normalize is now based on EBU R128 technology provided through libebur. This gives better results because R128 is based on perceived loudness instead of RMS or peak volume. Stabilize is using the latest and greatest version of vid.stab making it faster and yielding better quality results.
As of version 14.02.08, we have changed some behavior of the Playlist and player that seemed necessary since the addition of the Timeline. It is still entirely possible to simply create a playlist project if you do not need multitrack. I myself often prefer to lay down my main story line using just a playlist. Then, maybe later I want to lay down a music bed. Therefore, we added "Add All to Timeline" to the playlist menu to "upgrade" a playlist project to a multitrack project. Now, the playlist also saves into the project MLT XML file along with the timeline. However, in a multitrack project, the playlist is like a media "bin" as seen in other programs - while still being optional. In addition, the player tabs now say "Source" and "Program" to reduce possible confusion having 2 Playlist tabs and 2 Timeline tabs on screen at the same time. Source shows a clip (or stream or device). In a playlist project, Program shows the playlist, and it shows the timeline in a multitrack project. Double-clicking a playlist item now always opens the shot in the Source player. This makes it more usable as a bin. In a playlist project, to seek to a playlist item, shift-double-click it or right-click it and choose Goto.
You open files by drag-n-drop in addition to the usual menu and toolbar methods.
MLT XML files can be opened as a clip; so, you can use Shotcut to test your XML.
Tap J, K, L to control playback speed and direction. Tap J or L repeatedly to go faster.
Tap I or O to set the in and out points.
Press left or right cursor keys to step frame-by-frame.
Press page up or down to step 10 frames at-a-time.
Press alt+left or alt+right to jump between start, in, out, and end.
Right-click the video window to access its settings.
Version is based on date. You can choose to update whenever you like (new builds are available almost daily).
Also, see our Video Tutorials.
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