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New Version 19.12: Move Freely

Dec 16, 2019

Version 19.12 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

This version makes the Timeline much more flexible. Previously, you could only move a clip to a blank spot on the timeline, or the move operation would be rejected and the clip would snap back to its original location. This is no longer restricted, and you can move anywhere as if you were inserting or overwriting with a new clip. Of course, you need to be more careful now! Also, when using drag-n-drop to make a transition, previously you could not have a gap in the timeline between the two clips. Now, you can drag over a gap and overlap the clips to make the transition (but still only for neighboring clips on the same track, by design.) These two improvements were needed to support the ability to move multiple clips at once. We expect to include that in the first version of 2020. Meanwhile, there were some important fixes to get out and changes for people to adjust to.

New

  • Added 3 new filters:
    • Gradient video filter

    Screenshot of Gradient filter

    • Scan Lines video filter
    • Noise Gate audio filter
  • Added a new color gradient control to the following filters:
    • Audio Light Visualization
    • Audio Spectrum Visualization
    • Audio Waveform Visualization
  • Added View > Scopes > Video Zoom.
  • Added Reverse checkbox to the Mask: From File filter.
  • Added Remove Finished to the Jobs menu.
  • Added Playlist > Update Thumbnails.
  • Added Update Thumbnails to the timeline video clip menu.
  • Added keyboard shortcut Shift+Escape to give the player focus (take focus away from certain widgets).
  • Added a Two Column Scroll template to the Text: HTML filter (convenient for film-style credits).

Fixes

  • Fixed Scale animation not linear in the Rotate & Scale filter.
  • Fixed audio crackles in first couple of seconds of export.
  • Fixed Ctrl+A selects all in Playlist as well as Timeline.
  • Fixed the size and position of the Text: HTML editor with Settings > External Monitor enabled.
  • Fixed drag-n-drop from Playlist to Timeline sometimes reorders the Playlist.
  • Fixed Color Grading and Contrast creates a weird color after deleting a keyframe.
  • Fixed updating x265-params in Export > Other after making changes in Codec.
  • Fixed opening another project in the same session breaks master track filters.
  • Fixed saving a preset with a slash in the name.
  • Fixed export fails if the system temporary directory is not writable.
  • Fixed removing some temporary files on exit.
  • Fixed the timeline Ripple All Tracks option was not saved with history (before the current setting used during undo and redo).
  • Fixed an image sequence in Export > From > Playlist may show “INVALID” on export.
  • Fixed changing Properties (for example, image duration) not updating the Playlist.
  • Fixed snapping to horizontal grid lines.
  • Fixed Timeline clip context menu > Properties broken in v19.09.
  • Fixed bad transitions created by trimming beyond media beginning or end.
  • Fixed audio does not follow default device changes on Windows.
  • Fixed changing the speed of the clip on the right side of a transition creates INVALID transition.
  • Fixed track filters were not restored when undoing a Remove Track.

Changes

  • Changed the minimum of the Gain/Volume filter to -70 dB.
  • Removed Settings > Deinterlacer > YADIF. (This was causing crashes, and this option only affects preview, not export.)
  • Changed the Timeline and Keyframes toolbars to respond to View > Small Icons.
  • Added a limit to undo History configurable to new configuration key undoLimit that defaults to 1000.
  • Upgraded Mesa software OpenGL in Windows build to version 19.2.7.
  • Upgraded SDL audio output library in Windows build to version 2.0.10.

New Version 19.10: New Time-based Filters

Oct 20, 2019

Version 19.10 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

New Features

  • Added new video Filters:
    • Choppy
    • Nervous (a random selection of previous and current frame)
    • No Sync
    • Trails
    • Vertigo

       

  • Added Keyframes toolbar buttons and keyboard shortcuts for filter-trimming and simple keyframes:
    • [ = set the filter start
    • ] = set the filter end
    • { = set the first simple keyframe
    • } = set the second simple keyframe
    • Alt+[ = seek previous simple keyframe
    • Alt+] = seek next simple keyframe
  • Added keyboard shortcuts for Filters:
    • F = open the Filters panel and filter chooser. (At this point search has focus and the first filter is selected…)
    • Up/Down - select the previous or next filter in the list
    • Enter = add the selected filter to the list
    • Shift+F = remove the selected filter from the list
  • Added Thai translation.

Fixes

  • Fixed Open Other > Audio/Video Device capture (broken in v19.09).
  • Fixed a crash in Timeline when you Lift the first clip in a track (broken in v19.09).
  • Fixed automatic configuration of VA-API for Export > Use hardware encoder (broken in v19.09).
  • Fixed Blend Mode filter affects other clips on the track (if the track Properties > Blend mode was not changed).
  • Fixed adding keyframes to some video filters into area after extending the clip:
    • Text: Simple
    • Rotate and Scale
    • Size and Position
  • Fixed color picker not automatically changing alpha from 0 to 255.
  • Fixed a restarted job reports stopped when completed successfully.
  • Fixed HTML file names with extended UTF-8 chars on Linux.
  • Fixed Timeline audio waveform after changing Properties > Audio > Track.
  • Fixed a crash opening a project that includes itself by making a self-repair on open.
  • Fixed saving the length property in MLT XML as a time value independent of frame rate.
  • Fixed changing Video Mode of an opened project breaks timing of edits.
  • Fixed Timeline ruler not synchronized with the tracks’ scroll after resizing panel or window.
  • Fixed Timeline > Undo after splitting the second clip of a transition corrupts the timeline.

Changes

  • Use the main video stream by default when there is an embedded album/poster/thumbnail.
  • Minor improvements to the ProRes Export preset.
  • Improved performance of some video filters when using parallel processing:
    • Blur: Exponential, Gaussian, Low Pass
    • Glow
    • Mask: Simple Shape
    • Reduce Noise: HQDN3D
    • Sharpen
  • Improved performance of track blending in areas with transparency.
  • Reduced the free disk space check to 25 GB.
  • Opening Matroska files containing HuffYUV or Ut Video is much faster.
  • Timeline waveforms are dimmed instead of hidden when track is muted.
  • Changed RGB video clip Properties > Color range to Full and disabled.
  • Changed Properties > Reverse and Convert to Edit-friendly best option (MKV) to use PCM for audio.
  • Changed the Export > lossless > Ut Video preset to the matroska format.
  • The signed macOS app is now notarized.

New Version 19.09: Multiselect and More Filters

Sep 14, 2019

Version 19.09 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

New Features

  • Added multi-select to Playlist as welll as Select All (Ctrl+Shift+A) and Select None (Ctrl+Shift+D) to its menu.
  • Added multi-select to Timeline, which is currently limited to the remove/delete and lift operations.
  • Added Select All (Ctrl+A) and Select None (Ctrl+D) to the Timeline menu.
  • Added new video filters:
    • Dither
    • Halftone
    • Posterize
    • Threshold
    • Elastic Scale (non-linear horizontal scaling)
    • Blend Mode (overrides the track Properties > Blend mode for that clip)

     

  • Added the option Play After Open (default on) to the playlist menu.
  • Added keyboard shortcuts for some existing Timeline menu actions:
    • Insert Track (Ctrl+Alt+I)
    • Remove Track (Ctrl+Alt+U)
    • Copy Timeline to Source (Ctrl+Alt+C)
  • Added a Galician translation.

Fixes

  • Fixed a crash in some audio filters when using 1 or 6 channels.
  • Fixed showing language English (Great Britain) when English (United States) is chosen.
  • Fixed a crash bug in v19.06 when changing image sequence Repeat in Properties.
  • Fixed a bug in v19.08 where dropping a video into Playlist on a new project does not update the Automatic Video Mode.
  • Fixed a bug in v19.08 in the on-screen rectangle control (as used in Text: Simple and Size and Position filters among a few others).
  • Fixed changing speed of a clip with a colon in the file name.
  • Fixed reading MLT XML with a colon in the file name of a relative path.
  • Fixed the playlist menu button disabled after removing all clips.
  • Fixed reloading Fade In Video or Fade Out Video using opacity may alter the colors.
  • Fixed Convert to Edit-friendly failing on GoPro videos.
  • Fixed filters during a transition are truncated after a Split on the timeline.
  • Fixed a bug in v19.08 where Keyframes becomes broken after trimming on the timeline.

Changes and Improvements

  • Reduced the size of the installation by 255 MiB!
  • Upgraded FFmpeg to v4.2.
  • Increased export process priority on Windows from Low (idle) to Below Normal.
  • Changed default HEVC quality to 45% so the x265 crf matches its default of 28.
  • Added the clip’s name to the end of a clip in Timeline if its block is wide enough.
  • No longer seek after dropping a clip from the player to the Timeline.

New Version 19.08

Aug 16, 2019

Version 19.08 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

This version continues to rework and refine existing features in the areas of video stabilization, audio normalization, converting and reversing files, external monitoring, and most significantly: the playlist.

Playlist

  • Changed Playlist > Open As Clip to simply Open. This action now opens the playlist item directly in the Source player, and all changes made in Source (trim in/out), Properties, Filters, and Keyframes apply to the playlist item immediately without an explicit update.
  • Added Playlist > Copy that opens a copy of the playlist item in Source just like the old behavior. This is useful if you want to trim out another shot from the same source clip or create a different sub-clip with different filtering.
  • Changed double-click on a playlist item to Open the clip instead of Copy it.
  • Added keyboard shortcut Shift+C to Copy a playlist item.
  • Now, when you drag a clip from Playlist to Timeline the timeline shows an appropriately-size box on a track.

Filters

  • Fixed a performance regression (since v19.06) in the following filters: Chroma Hold, Flip, LUT 3D, Mirror, Noise: Fast, Reduce Noise: Smart Blur.
  • Fixed reloading the filter UI for Rutt-Etra-Izer, Text: 3D, and Text: HTML resets the filter trimming in Keyframes.
  • Added support for keyframes to the Lens Correction and Mosaic video filters.
  • Fixed Swirl when maximum = 0%
  • Changed the minimum values for Mosaic to 0%.
  • Removed the scrolling animation from the Blank Web Animations HTML template.
  • Fixed pasting filters changes the trim and keyframes of the existing filters.
  • Fixed Crop: Circle and Crop: Rectangle not clearing the canvas resulting in trails in some situations.
  • Fixed color incorrect when using the LUT 3D filter with some other filters following it.
  • Fixed reliability of the Stabilize video filter to write its results (.stab) file.
  • Fixed showing vidstab.trf as a missing file.
  • Fixed updating Stabilize and Normalize: Two Pass results to clips copied between Source, Playlist, and Timeline.
  • Added the ability for the Stabilize and Normalize: Two Pass filters’ analysis jobs to update pending export jobs.
  • Added the option to run pending Stabilize and Normalize: Two Pass filters’ analysis jobs on export. This only works for Stabilize if you are using the project folder feature. Or, if not using the project folder feature, you must click Analyze to assign a results file name, but you can stop the analysis job.

The combination of the above fixes and changes means you can now easily batch convert files while applying image stabilization and audio normalization!

Properties

  • Added support for interlace output to Properties > Reverse and Convert to Edit-friendly including overrides for Scan mode and field order.
  • Improved detection of interlaced video in some files such as Ut Video in Matroska.
  • Added Comments to image properties along with a menu button with: Copy Full File Path, Show in Folder, and Set Creation Time…

External Monitor

  • Add resolution and refresh rates to the screens in Settings > External Monitor to make them easier to differentiate.
  • Fixed switching between different external screens on the same GPU.
  • Fixed external screen not showing on correct screen in some arrangements.

Export

  • Changed the default video quality to 55% for the Default and YouTube presets. This aligns with the x264 default crf of 23 and produces a smaller file that most people desire for upload without significant quality loss.
  • Added text after Export > Advanced > Codec > Quality to show the generated codec-specific quality level (e.g. crf for x264).
  • Fixed Stream broken by check for writable file.

Other

  • Fixed double-click in Recent Projects loading twice.
  • Fixed disabling meters in the Audio Loudness scope not shrinking space.
  • Added version metadata to the AppImage for Linux.
  • Added md5sums.txt and sha256sums.txt to the GitHub releases page.
  • Added saving Timeline track height to configuration, not only a project file.
  • Fixed trimming an unselected clip in Timeline does not correctly adjust its filters.
  • Changed Settings > Interpolation > Nearest Neighbor to no longer relax seek accuracy. Instead, seek accuracy is now relaxed only during trick playback (reverse, rewind, fast forward).
  • Added a Korean translation.

New Version 19.07

Jul 15, 2019

Version 19.07 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

This version is mostly just bug fixes and minor improvements.

Changes and Improvements

  • Changed Average Bitrate for libopus audio codec to set vbr to constrained.
  • Changed Crop: Source to use the source clip’s resolution as maximum for parameters.
  • Changed the Convert to Edit-friendly and Reverse “better” option from ProRes to DNxHR, which is faster.
  • Changed the Convert to Edit-friendly and Reverse “best” option from FFV1 to Ut Video, which is faster.
  • Improved full range handling in Convert to Edit-friendly and Reverse by respecting an override in Properties > Color Range.
  • Improved detection of full range color in video clips.
  • Changed ripple move on the Timeline to push the clips when the drop zone is a gap.
  • Added “ - Converted” into the suggested file name when using Properties > Convert to Edit-friendly…
  • Added a status message at the start of opening a project.
  • Added a drop-down of common frame rates to Export and Custom Video Mode.
  • Added a dialog to ask if the standard, fractional frame rate was intended in Export and Custom Video Mode.
  • Added a HD 1080p 50 fps video mode.

Fixes

  • Fixed Timer video filter shows incorrect decimals.
  • Fixed clips that become INVALID were saved as uneditable text clips.
  • Fixed a crash in Wave video filter.
  • Fixed a crash when changing clip Speed to something very low.
  • Fixed long Projects folder path in the New Project view.
  • Fixed the temporary backup file is empty when saving MLT XML.
  • Fixed saving existing project on Dropbox gives an error.
  • Fixed advanced keyframes removed when trimming.
  • Fixed loading the frame rate from an export preset.
  • Fixed multiple Stabilize video filter analysis jobs may try to write to the same .stab file.
  • Fixed reported timecode of failed Export job if (Frames/sec is not 25 or not changed in Advanced > Video).
  • Fixed incorrect audio waveform after Undo after insert/paste into Timeline.
  • Fixed filters added to a clip with a transition are not the correct length and not active during the transition.
  • Fixed Blur: Gaussian filter makes bottom 3 rows of the image with black or garbage.
  • Fixed help text in the New Project view may be truncated without scroll bar.
  • Fixed Crop: Circle > Radius = 100% not completely extended.
  • Fixed loading image sequences that do not put leading zeroes into their number (bug introduced in v19.06).

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