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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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Playlist editing keyboard shortcuts changed Fri, 04 Apr 2014 06:14:00 +0000
Previously, the X, C, V, and B keys could be used to edit the multitrack timeline or the playlist when the timeline is not being used (no tracks). This could be confusing, not to mention making it unable to use shortcuts to affect the playlist/bin in a timeline project. As of version 14.04.04, we now require the Shift key to be held when using X, C, V, and B to target the playlist; otherwise these shortcuts target the timeline.

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New Feature - Cross-fades and Transitions! Thu, 27 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000
As of version 14.03.26, audio cross-fades and video transitions have been added. Even though some other video editors also do it this way, it may be different for some. So, we made a tutorial to help get you started.

A very brief textual explanation is that you overlap adjacent clips on the same track either by drag-n-drop or by trimming. By default this creates a video dissolve with audio cross-fade. To change that, select the transition on the Timeline and view Properties to make a video wipe or to manually control the audio mix. Custom wipes can be provided by a grayscale image, and there are links to locations where you can get wipes that others have created in the FAQ.

This new feature does support GPU processing if your system supports that. However, while making this addition, GPU processing broke on Mac OS X in version 14.03.25, fixed in version 14.03.27.

There are still some sharp edges on this new feature that we will continue to improve. For example, currently Shotcut lets you (re)size the transition when there are not enough excess frames in the "handles" before the in point and after the out point of your shots. We need to add some limiters on the actions around that.

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Fade In and Out Sun, 02 Mar 2014 22:46:00 +0000
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.

screenshot of Shotcut fade in/out filters and timeline controls

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.

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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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