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New Version 19.01: HTML Templates, Chroma Hold, & Swirl

Jan 24, 2019

Version 19.01 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

Much of this release was based on contributions in the form of code, presets, title templates, feedback, bug reports, and testing nightly builds or the beta. Also, recently, we added a Contribute page to the Web site.

New Features

  • Added Center Playhead option to the Timeline and Keyframes menus.
  • Added Slow Zoom __, Hold __ presets to the Size and Position filter.
  • Added a Chroma Hold video filter.

Screenshot of the New Chroma Hold filter

 

  • Added a Swirl (HTML) video filter.

 

  • Added a simple Templates framework to the Overlay HTML filter (see path Shotcut\share\shotcut\qml\filters\webvfx\templates to add your own) with the following templates:
    • Blank HTML
    • Blue Middle Bar
    • Creative Commons Music
    • Blank with Web Animations
    • Simple Scroll

Fixes

  • Fixed launch crash on Linux by excluding libdrm libraries.
  • Fixed audio level changed by the Mask : From File filter.
  • Fixed Text filter may have glitches with Export > Parallel processing (regression in v18.12.x).
  • Fixed missing file detected when Stabilize filter added without clicking Analyze.
  • Fixed external monitoring on Linux screen.
  • Fixed unable to detect hardware encoders with spaces in the installation folder path.
  • Fixed changing Speed can move a clip.
  • Fixed changing Speed has no effect when the system region and language decimal separators are different.
  • Fixed filter duration not adjusted when trimming a transition.
  • Fixed ripple trim when clip has a transition.
  • Fixed removing a transition by trimming adds some frames.
  • Fixed aspect ratio for File > Export Frame with non-square pixel video.
  • Fixed handling relative paths to external resources in the Overlay HTML editor.
  • Fixed a crash opening a project after removing the bottom video track.
  • Fixed the lossless/H.264 preset to be completely lossless.
  • Fixed dropping a file from a file manager whose name has special/extended characters (e.g. [, ]).
  • Fixed the state of the enabled checkbox for the Overlay HTML filter and when using a color picker.
  • Fixed distortion after changing the Keyframe Type of a keyframe for the Scale parameter in the Rotate and Scale filter.
  • Fixed right-clicking a keyframe to open context menu may change its position.
  • Fixed distortion when a Mirror filter is placed before a Size and Position or Rotate and Scale filter.
  • Fixed Levels filter in locales with comma for decimal point.

Changes and Improvements

  • Upgraded FFmpeg to v4.1
  • Improved Color Grading filter by letting all parameters go from -100% to 100%.
  • Added an automatic retry without Parallel processing when Export job fails.
  • Set the Save as type list on the Export File dialog on Windows when a preset defines a filename extension.

New Version 18.12: New and Improved Mask Filters

Dec 23, 2018

Version 18.12 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

The new Mask: Apply filter makes it possible to mask filters without using multiple tracks! Use Mask: Simple Shape or Mask: From File to start the filter mask followed the video filters to be masked followed by Mask: Apply to apply the mask to the filters in between. Filters before or after the mask filters affect the entire video frame. One can still use Mask: Simple Shape or the new Mask: From File to affect the alpha channel for multitrack compositing as before.

New Features

  • Added View > Scopes > Video Histogram.
  • Added Preset to some more filters:
    • Audio Gain/Volume
    • Blur
    • Brightness
    • Opacity
  • Added Preset and simple and advanced keyframes to the Balance and Pan audio filters.
  • Added a Levels video filter with simple and advanced keyframes!
  • Added Properties > Color Range for video clips.
  • Replace the Mask video filter with 3 new filters:
    • Mask: Simple Shape
    • Mask: From File
    • Mask: Apply

Screenshot of the New Histogram and Mask and Levels filters

The new Mask: From File is a powerful new video filter offering 3 modes:

  1. wipe transition (stock or custom)
  2. Channel > Brightness from a video or image file (File > Custom…)
  3. Channel > Alpha from a video or image file

Moreover, Threshold can be animated with simple or keyframes, which is especially nice when used with luma-wipe image files (stock or custom). Not only can you wipe on a filter but also you can use this as an alternative way to make a wipe transition using multiple tracks (instead of same track transition).

Fixes

  • Fixed color accuracy of lossless/Ut Video preset and use yuv422p format.
  • Fixed number of digits for seconds in the Timer video filter when using Format > MM:SS.SS.
  • Fixed compositing completely transparent areas of alpha channel darkens output.
  • Fixed some generators (Color Bars, Ising, Lissajous, Plasma) not working correctly in Timeline.
  • Fixed Settings > External Monitor > DeckLink/Intensity can stall when Settings > Realtime is enabled.
  • Fixed making project folder if a parent folder does not exist.
  • Fixed New Project > Start does not save a .mlt file until you open media and save.
  • Fixed launch on some Linux (e.g. gentoo) by including libselinux .
  • Fixed crash when undo Playlist > Remove All.
  • Fixed auto-saved file not removed when save and exit with no changes.
  • Fixed the color accuracy of the Color generator.
  • Fixed numeric locale bug in the Audio Spectrum Visualization and Audio Waveform Visualization filters.
  • Fixed clip reloaded when leaving Properties > Speed with no change.
  • Fixed Settings > External Monitor on Windows screen.
  • Fixed launch crash on Linux with (Csound) csladspa < 6.11.1 installed.

Changes and Improvements

  • Improved color accuracy of internal RGB-to-YUV conversions.
  • Changed Quality to 100% when using the intermediate/ProRes preset.
  • Added 16:9, 9:16, and 1:1 aspect ratios for transition wipes.
  • Moved Properties > Reverse… from the overflow menu to a button.
  • Changed Properties > Reverse… to use project folder if used.
  • When Reverse job completes, automatically open it and add it to the Playlist.
  • Start playback from the beginning if you play when the play head is at the end.
  • Improved speed of the Text and Timer video filters.

New Version 18.11.18 with Major Fixes for Hardware Encoding

Nov 18, 2018

Version 18.11.18 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

  • Fixed crash in Export (bug in v18.11.13).
  • Fixed NVENC hardware encoders on Windows and Linux.
  • Fixed VA-API hardware encoders on Linux. As a result, the Linux build is now based on Ubuntu 16.04 (glibc 2.23), which may reduce compatibility with older Linux systems.
  • Fixed hardware encoder detection on Windows.
  • Added Audio Waveform Visualization video filter.
  • Added MM:SS.SS to Timer filter.
  • Added IRE graticule and tooltips to the Video Waveform scope.
  • Added support for the mouse wheel to the Color Grading circles.
  • Added configuration setting player/warnGPU, which is a boolean that defaults true.

Additional information about the 18.11 release is available here.

New Version 18.11: And Hardware Encoding For All

Nov 13, 2018

Version 18.11 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

This version brings hardware encoding to macOS and VA-API encoding for Linux. Meanwhile, the experimental GPU Effects mode, which was always unstable and unsupported is made a truly advanced option by hiding it. Now, one can only enable it by manually changing the configuration file/registry. To make things easier a New Project screen was added, most Export options are hidden behind an Advanced button, hardware encoding gets a checkbox, and a signed macOS build is provided.

Additional information about the new features is available here.

New

  • Added an Advanced mode to Export.
  • Added Use hardware encoder checkbox to Export.
  • Added VA-API hardware encoding for Linux.
  • Added videotoolbox hardware encoding for macOS.
  • Added New Project / Recent Projects screen.

Screenshot of the New Project view, Advanced button for Export, and Use hardware encoder checkbox

  • Added 10 Pixel Grid and 20 Pixel Grid options to the player grid button menu.
  • Added Spot Remover video filter.
  • Added View > Scopes > Video Waveform.
  • Added Settings > Video Mode > Non-Broadcast > Square 1080p 30 fps and 60 fps.
  • Added Ut Video presets to Export.
  • Added signed app bundle for macOS.
  • Added SDK for macOS.

Fixes

  • Fixed support for macOS 10.10 and 10.11.
  • Fixed clearing export preset search collapses categories.
  • Fixed searching export presets in categories.
  • Fixed initial rectangle size for Size and Position filter.
  • Fixed reopening Timeline changes zoom level.
  • Fixed exit sometimes hangs.
  • Fixed some filters’ presets do not save any values:
    • Key Spill: Advanced
    • Chroma Key: Advanced
    • Reduce Noise
  • Fixed A/V synchronization on some files.
  • Fixed seeking on audio files with album art.
  • Fixed saving multiple lines of text in preset for Text generator.
  • Fixed crash when undoing split and transition on Timeline.
  • Fixed filters not applied correctly when using Export > From > Each Playlist Item.
  • Improved reliability of Audio/Video Device capture.
  • Fixed Color generator did not signal colorspace.
  • Fixed transfer characteristic conversion and full range output in Export.
    (Add mlt_image_format=rgb24, color_range=jpeg, and pix_fmt=yuvj420p in Other for full range output.)

Changes

  • Made GPU Effects hidden and discouraged.
  • Added support for project folder to Stabilize and Overlay HTML filters.
  • Increased Scale maximum to 500% for Rotate and Scale filter.
  • Improved support for DDS, ICO, and WebP images.
  • Bundle more library dependencies on Linux.
  • Converted macOS build to standard app bundle layout.

New Version 18.10 with Grid and Snapping

Oct 8, 2018

Version 18.10 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

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

New Features!

  • Added support for Intel Quick Sync Video hardware-accelerated video encoders to the Windows build (in Export > Codec choose h264_qsv or hevc_qsv).
  • Added Grid and Safe Area overlays with a toggle/menu button to the player.
  • Added snapping to the grid and safe areas for the VUI rectangle control as used by Text, Size and Position, and more filters.

Screenshot of the new player grid button

  • Added Open Other to the main toolbar with a drop-down menu.
  • Added the ability to drag-n-drop folders from a file manager into Shotcut.
  • Added the ability to supply multiple file and folder name arguments to the shotcut command line executable.
  • Added the ability to make a temporary Custom Video Mode (leave Name blank).
  • Added Settings > Video Mode > Custom > Remove….
  • Added View > Layout > Remove….
  • Added Settings > Clear Recent on Exit checkbox to prevent saving data on a shared computer account.
  • Added command line option --clear-recent to enable Clear Recent on Exit and hide that option in the Settings menu.
  • Added a dialog when you click to check for an update that asks if you want to check for update automatically (at startup only) with the option to suppress the dialog indefinitely.

Fixes

  • Fixed audio preview distortion on Windows (regression in v18.09).
  • Fixed some AAC MP4 files start in the middle.
  • Fixed un-mute a track may not draw its waveforms.
  • Fixed whitespace in Text filter removed in Export.
  • Fixed crash adding clip to Timeline after removing all tracks.
  • Fixed simple keyframes go missing or not all the way to 00:00.
  • Fixed switching from simple to advanced keyframes in Text, Rotate and Scale, Timer, and Size and Position filters.
  • Fixed a possible crash when adding a transition by trimming.
  • Fixed crash on macOS after the app restarts itself when some Settings are changed.
  • Fixed moving a clip to the left where the right edge is not a blank.
  • Fixed some Timeline actions do not work correctly after a Ripple move.
  • Fixed undo/redo form trim-to-transition over a blank/gap.
  • Fixed Ripple moving a clip to the end of a track was not extending the hidden black background.
  • Hide the Text generator if Settings > GPU Effects is on (incompatible).
  • Fixed the Rotate and Scale filter preset not saving keyframes for the Scale parameter.
  • Fixed a crash opening multiple files at once either through File > Open or drag-n-drop from a file manager.
  • Fixed a crash closing a playlist-only project with Automatic Video Mode.
  • Fixed changing position or removing advanced keyframes for the Scale parameter of the Rotate and Scale filter distorting the aspect ratio of the image.
  • Fixed Timeline > Split not working if the current track is empty. (It should split the topmost clip under the playhead.)
  • Fixed clicking the reset button of the Center checkbox of the Crop filter does not re-enable the other controls.
  • Fixed the Timeline and Keyframes timeline rulers are incorrect after changing Settings > Video Mode.
  • Fixed a crash when the project frame rate is very low (< 6 fps).
  • Fixed a crash when switching keyframes on and off for position and size parameters in video filter such as Size and Position, Text, and Timer.
  • Fixed trimming multiple track filters hides them.
  • Fixed making a Text preset does not save the text (only all other parameters).

Changes and Improvements

  • Changed resolution restriction from a multiple of 8 to a multiple of 2.
  • Improved the layout of the filter chooser in Filters.
  • Changed Timeline fade controls to behave the same as Keyframes simple keyframes.
  • Changed the Noise generator from opening as a live source to a clip with a duration.
  • Changed drag-n-drop to Playlist to not automatically open the first file unless the project is empty.
  • Changed the Rotation parameter of the Mask filter to use degrees, and fixed its reset button.
  • Added more library dependencies to the Linux portable tar, AppImage, and snap builds including the SWH LADSPA plugins.
  • The minimum macOS version has changed to 10.12.

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