New Version 18.12: New and Improved Mask Filters

Dec 23, 2018. | By: Dan Dennedy

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.

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