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New Release 15.11

Nov 1, 2015

Version 15.11 is now available for download. Here is the quick list of new things:

  • Added Rutt-Etra-Izer video filter.
  • Added audio/video device and screen capture for OS X.
  • Added screen capture for Windows.
  • Added keyboard shortcuts for trimming on Timeline: I, Shift+I, O, Shift+O.
  • Added support for ripple trimming on Timeline.
  • Added Application Log to View menu.
  • Added Save button to text viewer dialogs (logs, XML).
  • Added video Deinterlace, Interpolation, and Parallel-processing options to Encode panel.
  • Reorganize the Settings menu and added headings.
  • Added Close action to File menu.

The Rutt-Etra-Izer filter might seem like a strange addition, but there is an interesting backstory to it. When I discovered it and learned about the WebGL version by Felix Turner a couple of years ago, I thought I ought to be able to make it work with Shotcut’s HTML filtering system (WebVfx). It requires the ability to read pixel data in JavaScript, which has not really worked correctly until the Shotcut upgrade to Qt 5.5. So, now we have it.

For a long while now, we have supported audio and video devices on Linux such as microphones, webcams, and more as well as screen capture. A year ago, we added A/V device support on Windows. With this release, thanks to the recent upgrade to FFmpeg 2.7, we extend device and screen capture coverage to all supported operating systems.

The last big new thing is a boost for trimming on the timeline. The new keyboard shortcuts only let you reduce the duration of a clip. It might be easier to think of this as a smarter way to split/slice a clip on the timeline, and it affects the clip under the playhead - not the currently selected clip. Very often, one - based on their technique - splits a clip and then removes one of the new pieces. Well, these trimming keyboard shortcuts are actually like two steps in one: split and remove. Just like elsewhere, there are two ways to remove: lift and ripple-delete. Ripple means to affect the position of all following clips and not leave (or extend) a gap. It is named after  the ripple effect of throwing a rock in a pond. That is why the timeline toolbar icon looks like a few circles. Oh, and that ripple button now takes on a newly expanded role of also toggling whether drag-trimming the ends of a clip with the mouse ripples the following shots. I will try to make a video soon to better explain and show all of this.

Version 15.10 re-released

Oct 6, 2015

We found a major regression with GPU processing in v15.10 release (15.10.01 in Help > About). Now, this is an experimental feature, but some people are using it or like to give it a try. Therefore, I just uploaded a new version 15.10.06 with no new features over .01.

New Release 15.10

Oct 1, 2015

Version 15.10 is now available for download. This is a bugfix-only release - no new features. Except, there are new Dutch and Russian translations - thank you, asilnevs and rayanayar.

After the addition of new features such as insert/remove track and a major upgrade to libraries in recent releases, we just wanted to focus further on stabilization and bug-fixing. We have fixed some issues in regions that do not use a period as the decimal mark. Why only some? Well, we are not entirely confident we have reproduced all possible problems. However, we did find and fix a major bug in that area. In addition, when opening a project document, we added a function to look for a malformed project containing both periods and commas in some numeric values. Why only “some?” Because, with filters there are many possible values to locate. In addition, in this first pass on that function, we wanted to be conservative about how heavily we modify the document. Only some fixes are better than horribly mangling it into something useless, right? Thus, only edit timing and size/position rectangle values are repaired. Do not be frightened by this; your original project is not modified. First, you will receive a warning dialog including the option to not repair the project. Also, it makes and uses a copy of your project file with “Repaired” in the new name.

You will also find some fixes for long-standing problems such as:

  • audio waveforms not appearing correctly for long clips on the timeline,
  • drag-n-drop from Windows Explorer not working reliably,
  • animated GIFs loading as a still single image,
  • crashes opening a project containing a Text filter,
  • crashes using the draggable fade controls on the timeline, and
  • missing scroll bars around filter parameters.

New Release 15.09

Sep 10, 2015

Version 15.09 is ready for download and aims to improve compatibility and stability on modern systems. This was primarily achieved by upgrading to Qt 5.5. This fixes compatibility issues on Linux systems with AMD graphics. It also introduces a DirectX display method option on Windows (when not using GPU processing) for systems with inadequate OpenGL. With that said, there are some caveats; notice we said “modern systems.” The new version is 64-bit only for all operating systems. After all, 64-bit CPUs have been available for nearly 12 years. Also, the OS X version requires at least OS X 10.8. In addition:

  • Added Scrub Audio to Settings menu.
  • Added Display Method to Settings menu (Windows only).
  • Added Portugal Portuguese translation to Settings menu.
  • Added Mute audio filter.
  • Updated FFmpeg to v2.7.

New Release 15.08

Aug 10, 2015

Well, what do you know? It turns out there is a v15.08 for download after all! It was delayed due to build infrastructure problems and travel. While we have been focusing lately on a major UI toolkit upgrade, I wanted to get some fixes out. In addition, there are some new things:

  • Added a Greek translation (thank you, firewalker).
  • Added a Ripple All Tracks option to the Timeline menu (default is off).
    In version 15.06, we changed insert and delete operations to ripple (move following clips) across all unlocked tracks. It turns out that enough new and casual users found that disorienting and did not realize there is track locking to control it. Therefore, we added a toggle option in the timeline menu (see button on timeline toolbar). More advanced users who want this behavior will have to turn it on.
  • 5 new audio dynamics filters (thank you, Lauren):
    • Compressor
    • Delay
    • Expander
    • Limiter
    • Reverb

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