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
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
* = 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.
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
- 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 search field to the filter chooser in Filters.
- Upgraded MLT to v6.10.0
Below is a screenshot showing the new View > Layout menu.
New Version 18.06: Reverse, Detach, and Double-click
Jun 1, 2018
UPDATE: Version 18.06 has been
re-released (build 18.06.02)
to fix a new crash bug that was discovered.
Version 18.06 is now available for DOWNLOAD!
Not only did the previous version (18.05) introduce major features and changes
but also many new bugs. Let’s just call that release a “technology preview.” We
paid a lot of attention to the feedback and fixed most of the problems for this
version. But that’s not all! Take a look at this:
- Added Reverse to clip Properties menu.
- Added Detach Audio to timeline clip’s context menu.
- Added simple and advanced Keyframes to the Blur, Mask, and Saturation filters.
- Added seek buttons for simple Keyframes.
- Added ability to add and remove advanced Keyframes using double-click.
- Added ability to drag advanced Keyframes to adjust both value and position.
(When dragging, hold down Ctrl key to adjust only value or Alt key to adjust only position.)
- Added double-click to toggle simple Keyframes controls (circles).
- Added double-click to toggle fade in/out controls on Timeline clip.
- Added many animated (keyframes) presets to the Size and Position filter.
- Added Hue/Lightness/Saturation video filter.
- Added 5.1 surround support to the Copy Channel and Swap Channels audio filters.
- Added caution message to GPU Effects confirmation dialog.
- Added a Keyboard Shortcuts link to the Help menu.
- Changed presets file format to YAML.
- Changed Settings > GPU Processing to GPU Effects.
- Reduced memory usage on 32-bit builds (by constraining multi-threading).
- Upgraded FFmpeg to v4.0.
- Integrated AMD AMF hardware-accelerated H.264 and HEVC encoders on Windows (Set Export > Codec to h264_amf or hevc_amf. Requires recent Radeon or AMD APU.)
- Upgraded MLT to git master (v6.8.0 minimum required to build).
New Version 18.05 Adds Keyframes!
May 3, 2018
UPDATE: Version 18.05 has been
re-released (build 18.05.08)
to fix a new crash bug on Windows and various issues with fade in / out following
the new keyframes feature.
Version 18.05 is now available for DOWNLOAD!
Perhaps the most requested feature is the ability to move or smooth pan-and-zoom
images or digital photos. We chose to address that in a more general manner by
allowing filter parameters to be key-framed and animated rather than build
something specific. Well, after long wait
and much work, this has been introduced with a new Keyframes panel. It has
an icon on the main toolbar to open the panel. There is much to say about this
new feature and be sure to watch the videos as they become available. Keep in
mind that this is new, incomplete, and a little unstable. Here are more caveats:
- No support for undo/redo (pending filter support for this)
- No keyboard shortcuts yet
- Not yet available for transitions or generators
- Only the following filters support keyframes at this time:
- Nearly every filter supports filter trimming (handles on the ends of the clip strip).
- Some filters only support simple keyframes (in/out controls on the clip strip).
- Some filters only support advanced keyframes (rows below the clip strip).
- Simple and advanced keyframes cannot be used at the same time on a particular
instance of a filter.
- The keyframes cannot be dragged to new positions.
- You cannot add a keyframe by double-clicking somewhere on its curve.
- Not all parameters have a curve UI.
- You can right-click an advanced keyframe to show a menu with:
- Keyframe Type (interpolation):
- Discrete (hold)
- Smooth (Catmull-Rom spline)
Keyframes Tutorial Video
5.1 Surround Sound
Perhaps the least requested feature - but something that interests AV geeks
(including the developers) - is support for different audio channel
formats: mono (1) and 5.1 surround (6) in addition to the stereo that
was always there.
This is accessed via the Settings > Audio Channels menu and Export >
Audio > Channels. Most users only need stereo; so, if you suddenly start to
experience problems make sure that
you did not leave this menu set to something other than stereo, which is
the most stable. Also, this setting is saved into your project file (MLT XML),
and the menu reflects the saved setting. However, it should revert back to
the last setting you explicitly chose after starting a new project.
This new feature also has notes and caveats:
- Added Finnish translation.
- Restored GIF Animation for Export.
- Reduced memory footprint (especially for the Rotate and Size and Position filters).
- Changed default Export settings to reduce output size by increasing GOP
and number of B frames.
New Release 18.03
Mar 2, 2018
Version 18.03 is now available for DOWNLOAD!
UPDATE: version 18.03 has been reissued (18.03.06) to address a couple of
new bugs introduced: a crash loading SVG images, and broken renaming tracks.
As a bonus, the Mosaic video filter has been added.
Here are the highlights of this release:
- Added a Sketch filter.
- Added numeric fields to the Color Grading filter.
- Added All option to Properties > Audio > Track.
- Added Estonian translation.
- Improved image loading speed on Windows.
- Improved mouse-wheel & trackpad scrolling in Timeline.
- Improved support for JACK Audio (Linux and macOS only).
- Upgraded FFmpeg to version 3.4 and latest vpx for much faster VP9 encoding.
- Upgrade MLT to v6.6.0.
- Upgraded SDL to version 2.0.
New Release 18.01
Jan 2, 2018
Version 18.01 is now available for DOWNLOAD!
Here are the main fixes and enhancements in this new version:
- Added Audio Spectrum Visualization filter.
- Added support for font size and italics to the Text filter.
- Added a Mask filter.
- Another important fix for accuracy of XML time values, particularly for non-integer frame rates.
The following is a screenshot showing the new Mask filter with a diamond
shape. This filter only writes into the alpha channel of the video, which is the
transparency information. Therefore, it only shows results when compositing two
video tracks on the Timeline.