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New Release 18.09: More Better Faster

Sep 13, 2018

Version 18.09 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

UPDATE: Version 18.09 has been re-released (build 18.09.16) to fix major new bugs with the Rotate and Scale, Size and Position, Text, Chroma Key, Key Spill, and White Balance filters.

This release is packed with fixes and improvements in many areas!

More

Timeline
  • Added Ripple support for moving clips including Ripple All Tracks.
  • When Ripple is on and you move a clip to the right, it now ripples (pushes) all the clips to the right instead of making a transition (including the Ripple All Tracks option).

 

  • Added Ctrl+R keyboard shortcut to toggle Timeline Ripple,
    Ctrl+Alt+R to toggle Ripple All Tracks, and
    Ctrl+Shift+R to toggle both.
  • Improved Snapping behavior on the Timeline.
  • Added Ctrl+P keyboard shortcut to toggle Snapping.
  • Added Reset Track Height (Ctrl+0) to the Timeline menu.
Filters
  • Added a Timer video filter.
  • Added support for negative rotation to the Rotate and Scale filter.
  • Added Shake 1 Second - Scaled and Shake 1 Second - Unscaled presets to the Size and Position filter.
    Example of Size and Position Shake 1 Second - Scaled preset

 

Other
  • Added a Text clip to the Open Other dialog.
    This is a convenience item that creates a transparent Color clip with a Text filter.
  • Added Extract Sub-clip to Properties menu for audio/video clip.
  • Added Export presets for WebM VP8 and VP9 with alpha channel.

Better

Stability Fixes
  • Fixed a crash when quickly changing clip selections in the Timeline.
  • Improved closing Shotcut more reliably and the behavior of multiple shotcut processes.
  • Fixed Undo beyond Remove Track may crash.
  • Fixed a crash when moving a clip after undoing a transition.
  • Fixed a crash loading project after some sequence of inserting and removing tracks.
  • Fixed a crash loading an image with the wrong filename extension.
  • Fixed OS audio device changes may cause Shotcut to hang.
  • Fixed crash dragging simple keyframes beyond the edges of the clip.
  • The 32-bit Windows build can use more memory to reduce risk of crash:
    3 GiB on 32-bit Windows and 4 GiB on 64-bit Windows.
  • Fixed a crash applying an image transform filter to an image with alpha channel (PNG, SVG).
Bug Fixes
  • Improved behavior of opening WebP images.
  • Fixed advanced keyframes for the Size and Position filter.
  • Fixed inserted and then hidden video tracks become audio tracks after re-opening the project.
  • Fixed changing Video Mode from Automatic to something else with nothing opened.
  • Fixed moving a transition to another track leaves a hidden clip on the old track.
  • Fixed trimming the out point of a timeline clip may change the in point of the following clip.
  • Fixed Properties > Speed, Convert, Reverse, and More Information does not work sometimes after reloading a project.
  • Fixed reliability of changing size and position fields with keyframes in Size and Position and Text filters.
  • Fixed trimming outward with Ripple All Tracks moved clips on other tracks in the wrong direction.
  • Fixed audio waveforms still appear on muted tracks after adding a track.
  • Fixed dragging clips to the Timeline stops working.
Image Fidelity
  • Fixed edges of text with the Text filter may get cut off (clipped).
  • Fixed Size and Position and Rotate and Scale filters may leave black right and bottom edge of frame.
  • Fixed trimming a timeline clip with Fade In/Out Video filters with “Adjust opacity instead of fade with black” enabled.
  • Fixed Export may change the actual frame rate and cause timing errors.
  • Fixed reducing the Frame/sec in Export causes timing errors in the output.
  • Fixed image scaling interpolation method when not using a transform filter.
Changes
  • Removed the Compositing toggle icon from the Timeline track head. Now, it is located in the track Properties as Blend mode with a None option.
  • In the 3D Text filter, replaced the Droid fonts with Liberation due to an incompatible license.

Faster

Well, to be honest, there is not much speed improvement. Most of the improvement comes from a fix to prevent an incomplete shutdown. In the case of the 32-bit Windows build, since more memory can be accessed now, we have removed some of (not all) multi-threading limits.

  • Improved the performance of changing filter parameters and scrubbing.
  • Limit the number of background thumbnail and waveform generation threads to 4.
  • Prevent trying to generate audio levels for waveforms for still images and other silent sources.

New Release 18.08.14

Aug 14, 2018

Version 18.08.14 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

Unfortunately, the previous release 18.08.11 introduced a major regression that can corrupt project files if your project has clips where you had changed Speed in Properties. If you have a project file that no longer loads, you can fix it in a simple text editor:

  1. Open the .mlt file in a text editor (notepad.exe not recommended)
  2. Locate every line with <property name="shotcut:comment">.
  3. If the text that follows it on the same line before </property> is incorrect or has strange characters, remove the text between the property tags. The line should now look like
    <property name="shotcut:comment"></property>.
  4. Save the file with a new name that ends with .mlt
  5. Try to load the repaired XML file.

New Release 18.08.11

Aug 11, 2018

Version 18.08.11 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

There have been enough major bugs found and fixed since the v18.08.01 release at the beginning of the month to warrant making a new release:

  • Fixed new crash in v18.08 changing Settings > Video Mode with nothing opened.
  • Fixed crash while adjusting position or size in Text and Size and Position filters.
  • Fixed position and size information incorrect if resolution or aspect ratio changed in Export.
  • Fixed Text animation (keyframes) when not the first clip in the timeline.
  • Fixed track name not editable after the track head had been selected at least once.
  • Fixed right-clicking a timeline clip breaks automatic timeline scrolling during playback.
  • Added Quicktime Animation Export preset to export video with alpha channel.
  • In Export, let option values in Other tab override values generated by other fields.

New Release 18.08.01

Aug 1, 2018

Version 18.08.01 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

This release primarily contains only bug fixes, which were strongly needed after a few releases with major additions and changes:

  • Added the timecode of failure to the Jobs panel when an export job fails (makes locating problem areas in the project easier).
  • Added an Unpremultiply Alpha video filter (handy to fix compositing for video clips with an alpha channel that has had its color pre-multiplied with its alpha).
  • Fixed various crash regressions since v18.05.
  • Fixed audio distortion during preview (regression in v18.07).
  • Fixed custom Export presets broken if name contains parentheses (regression in v18.07).
  • Fixed Properties > Reverse… broken if numeric region setting uses comma for decimal (regression in v18.07).
  • Fixed Overlay HTML editor easily destroys default scripts (introduced in v18.07) if WebVfx JavaScript extension enabled.
  • Fixed custom interlaced Export presets loading as progressive (regression in v18.07)
  • Fixed Timeline > Copy Timeline to Source > Export fails on unsaved (Untitled) project.
  • Fixed Text filter has aliased edges (regression in v18.07).
  • Fixed Stabilize video filter not available on Linux (regression since v18.06).
  • Fixed changing Speed in Properties breaks all filters on that clip (regression since v18.05).
  • Fixed Fade Out Video (and keyframes in general) broken on still images whose in point is > 0 (regression since v18.03).
  • Fixed accuracy of Properties > Duration for image clip on the timeline.
  • Some fixes for changing Settings > Video Mode after starting a project.
  • Fixed compositing of upper video tracks becomes broken if bottom video track is deleted.
  • Fixed images with alpha channel (e.g. PNG) on upper video tracks have dark edges after compositing if the Size and Position or Rotate and Scale filters are not used.

New Release 18.07

Jul 2, 2018

Version 18.07 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

Here are the main fixes and enhancements in this new version:

  • Numerous fixes as usual.
  • Changed shortcut for Add Video Track to Ctrl+I (Cmd+I on macOS).
  • Changed shortcut for Redo to Ctrl+Y on Windows.
  • Added 10% to the player zoom menu.
  • Hide the VUI (video user interface) when the play head is not over the clip with the current filter.
  • Renamed the Rotate filter to Rotate and Scale.
  • Keyframes are now saved in the project file using time clock values instead of frame numbers to make them adaptive to frame rate.
  • Reverted memory manager change from v18.05 pending further testing to improve stability.
  • Added advanced keyframes to the Size and Position filter.
  • Added simple and advanced keyframes to the following video filters:
    • Rotate and Scale
    • Text
    • Glow*
    • Contrast*
    • Sharpen*
    • Vignette*
      * = including the (still experimental) GPU filter
  • Added Copy Timeline to Source to Timeline menu.
  • Changed the audio codec to AC-3 for the edit-friendly and reverse MP4 file format.
  • Changed J and K key behavior to change speed up or down before changing direction.
  • Added categories to the Export presets (custom presets can start their name with “category)” to use a category).
  • Added View > Layout menu for custom and stock layouts:
    • Timeline Project
    • Playlist Project
    • Clip-only Project
    • Player
  • Changed the default, first-time user UI layout to Timeline Project.
  • Changed Properties > menu > Reverse… to work on a trimmed clip from either Source or Timeline.
  • Added Properties menu items to the context menus for Timeline and timeline clips.
  • Added logic to sort GoPro files when multiple files are opened or dropped.
  • Added support for setting project file name (using File > Save) for empty project.
  • Added new HTML template for WebVfx JavaScript extensions enabled in Overlay HTML video filter.
  • Added search field to the filter chooser in Filters.
  • Upgraded MLT to v6.10.0

Below is a screenshot showing the new View > Layout menu.

Screenshot of the new View > Layout menu

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