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New Version of PiTiVi – 0.11.2

October 30, 2008 Leave a comment

The news is a couple of weeks old now, but I thought PiTiVi was dead and wasn’t bothered visiting their website for updates anymore. The link to their Forum still goes to a default Apache page.

Anyway, GStreamer and Python based video editor, PiTiVi, released version 0.11.2 on October 15th, after almost a year of project silence. It’s good to know progress is still being made.
The 0.11.2 release is not yet meant to be production ready, but does include a number of updates and bug fixes. Full details as always on the Release Notes page.
There also seems to be a reasonable amount of activity on the PiTiVi Wiki and mailing list. Not only that, various blog posts on the Gstreamer Planet feed indicate that Collabora Multimedia have hired a part-time programmer to work specifically in PiTiVi, and are looking for another head as well. The target is a April 2009 for a “usable release”.

Open Movie Editor – New Release 0.0.20081029

October 30, 2008 Leave a comment

Popular Linux non-linear video editor, Open Movie Editor, released a new version yesterday – version 0.0.20081029.

It’s been 5 months since the last OME update and it seems that lead developer, Richard Spindler, has been busy on a couple of side projects at the same time – specifically a movie called McFinnen & Wallace.
Open Movie Editor’s latest release covers a myriad of smaller changes, all of which can be perused in the Change Log. Perhaps most interesting amongst the changes is a dependency regression to an older version of Libquiktime, apparently because many distributions have been lax in upgrading to the latest version of that library.
The latest version of OME can be downloaded from the project’s website.

Blender 2.48 Launches!

October 15, 2008 Leave a comment

The irresistible march of Blender continues. Yesterday the team announced the launch of version 2.48. This is less than two months after version 2.47 was release, which itself was just 3 months after 2.46. That’s a nice release schedule for incremental updates. Some users may not like such regular updates, but personally I like to see progress in in growing Open Source multimedia projects. Adopting an agile development and release philosophy surely keeps users more engaged than a big once per year waterfall approach. When it comes to software, like Operating Systems, others may disagree.

But I digress, back to Blender 2.48. The release notes highlight the following enhancements:

“… all the work done on the Blender Game Engine and the Apricot Open Game “Yo Frankie!”, with much better functioning game logic editing, character animation, and Blender Material based real-time shaders. And as last minute surprise a Bullet physics update with Softbody support.

We also included a lot of new development in this release; Windows 64 bits support, Grease Pencil for sketching annotations,  Sun/Sky/Atmosphere rendering, new modifiers, and an improved text editor with Python API support. And last but not least, an enormous list of open bug reports were handled.”

Further details are available on the Blender website.

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Kdenlive 0.7 Beta Released

October 8, 2008 Leave a comment

After 10 months of work, and waiting, the Kdenlive team have released the 0.7 Beta version of their Linux based non-linear video editing software.

Kdenlive 0.7 Beta had been built specifically for KDE4 and features many improvements over the previous 0.6 version.

Main features, from the Release Notes, include:

* Capture video from your camcorder, webcam or screen
* Mix a large number of different formats (depending on your FFmpeg install): mpeg, flash, mp3, ogg, png, jpeg, dv, hdv
* See the result of your work (effects and transitions) in realtime
* Export your work in several formats (hdv, dv, mpeg, …)
* Create titles, slideshows and more

Read the full announcement on the KDenlive website.

Screen shots of the new version in action are also available.

Coupled with the new application release is a complete redesign of the Kdenlive website.

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