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New Release 14.10 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000
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.

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Compositing Improvements Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:09:00 +0000
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.

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New Release 14.08 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000
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.

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New release 14.07 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:41:00 +0000
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.

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New release 14.06 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 04:23:00 +0000
Shotcut has moved to a monthly release cycle. That already happened unannounced for the month of May. Now we give you release 14.06, which is mainly just a bug fix release with some changes under the hood to prepare for future needs. Here are some of the improvements:
  • Fix opening files with names or paths that include extended characters on Windows.
  • Add logging of program execution info to a text file to help with troubleshooting. The logging is very limited at this time and mainly intended to help indicate app startup failures. The log is stored in the same location as the database and presets.
  • Show error message if trying to load MLT XML project file that is incompatible with current GPU processing setting.
  • Upgrade x264 from something that was 1.5 years old to latest.
  • Upgrade FFmpeg from version 2.1 to 2.2.
  • Upgrade Movit (GPU processing) from pre-1.0 to 1.1.1.
  • Update translations.

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To install, simply extract the archive and run it. You can drag the Shotcut folder (app icon for OS X) to copy and move it wherever you want.

Mac OS X Mountain Lion users: since the application is not signed, you need to control-click the app icon and choose Open from the context menu the first time you run it.

Linux users will need to install the following dependencies from their distribution (the exact names may vary): libsdl, libexif, plus whatever LADSPA plugins you want.

Quickstart

  • 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.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

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