Handbrake is one of the very few, functionally mature open source video transcoding tools with a decent, usable user interface (of course command line options are still available).
Generally the Handbrake development team take a long time between official releases, and v0.9.5 is no exception. This latest version comes more than a full calendar year after the previous milestone release.
While Handbrake doesn’t support a wide range of broadcast video formats, which would be a nice addition for me personally, this is not really their target market. Handbrake does a great job on web targeted and home use video encoding jobs. Ripping Blu-Ray DVDs, encoding for Apple TV2 and advanced finite controls for H.264 transcoding are all now supported in the latest release.
Further details about the release available here.
Discussion thread, specific to this release, available here.
Multi-platform downloads found here.
It has been announced as available for a while now, but only recently was the download made publically available again for FFmbc 0.5. Lead developer Baptiste is doing a super job moving this project forward, but really needs the support from more media professionals to fully realise the early promise of this open source, broadcast media focused, transcoding solution.
FFmbc 0.5 download available here.
FFmbc 0.5 feature updates include:
- Sync on FFmpeg svn r25202.
- Yadif video deinterlacing filter.
- Overlay video filter.
- Fade video filter.
- HQDn3d video filter.
- Rename ffmpeg binary to ffmbc.
- FFmbc is now GPL only.
- Disable shared libraries.
- Remove -s resizing output cli option, use -vf scale.
- 23.98 and 24 fps support in MXF muxer.
- Mpeg-2 aspect ratio bitstream filter, to change aspect ratio without reencoding.
- Fix an issue with -async and audiomerge.
- Fix an issue with the fade filter.
- Write interlacing information in mov files, fix deinterlacing with quicktime player.
- Correctly support interlaced in yuv4mpeg and quicktime.
- Display interlacing when printing information.
- Fix an issue with resampling and audiomerge.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted any open source NLE updates, and there have been new releases across the board. Here’s a quick round-up of a few noticeable updates.
Released: September 14th, 2010
Updates: Improved tools for color correction, improved UI for effects
(you can now adjust some transitions and effects directly on the
monitor), track effects, improved slideshows.
Released: September 21st, 2010
Updates: Periodic backup of the current project file, easy crossfading transitions by overlapping clips, better icon metaphors for link/unlink actions, pixel-perfect icons for various toolbar icons, new “add keyframe” button (and keyboard shortcut), the “missing plugins” installer has been fixed.
Released: September 21st, 2010
Updates: Improved Stability, 3D Animated Titles, Custom Transitions, New Audio & Video Effects, Time-line Improvements / Animations, Improved Effects User Interface, Improved Theme Engine, Razor Improvements, Improved Language Support, New DVD Export, Improved Preferences Dialogue, Improved Exporting of different frame-rates.
Released: October 15th, 2010
Updates: Backported fixes from development branch.
Earlier today we received an email from EditShare, regarding their open source plans for non-linear editing tool Lightworks. Earlier this year, in April, EditShare had announced their plans to open source Lightworks, asking interested parties to sign-up to receive more information. Today’s email was the first such email from the company!
The good news is that the first open source version of Lightworks will be released to the public on November 29th. The not so good news is that this will be for Windows only, and plans for a Linux version have been pushed back until “late 2011″. Also worrying, from reading between the lines of the press release, is the fact that it would appear a great deal of essential codec support will only be available for purchase from the EditShare/Lightworks online shop.
Full text of the message from EditShare is as follows (take note of those asterix and the little note towards the bottom that says, “Options available through the Lightworks Store”.)
Hello again, from the Lightworks Development Team
It has been an exceptionally busy few months as we move toward the first public release of Lightworks Open Source.
Since the landmark Lightworks Open Source announcement (April 2010), we’ve had over 1700 developers and 20,000 editors sign up for the program. With many new features close to finalization, we have embarked on a comprehensive beta testing program, putting Lightworks through its paces and the feedback we have received so far has been excellent.
Lightworks for FREE … just in time for the holidays!
It is with great pleasure that we take the first step in the roll out of Lightworks Open Source and deliver the free download to you! On November 29th, the free download will be available exclusively to those who have registered. An email will be sent to you with detailed download instructions.
Lightworks developers have been working day and night to develop a variety of enhancements for the new NLE.
Capture and Playback
• Edit While Capture, Firewire, SD (analogue and digital), HD-SDI with optional I/O cards
• Full-screen, real-time SD, HD, and 2K preview playback on desktop display, Dual HD-SDI and DVI for Stereoscopic playback
• Resolution, format and codec independent editing
• Edit at 23.976, true 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, or 60
• Advanced multicam editing with unlimited sources
• Real-time effects in SD, HD and 2K
• Field or frame based varispeeds*
• Keyframe graphs
• Effects layers with node-based layering tool
• Multiple real time primary and secondary color correctors
• Multitrack audio mixer with full bus routing and multiple mixes
• Customization templates for Avid and FCP shortcuts
• Voiceover tool for adding narration directly to edit
• Shot sync – sync two sources for playback comparison
• Customizable BITC timecode and film footage overlays
• Support for 35mm 3-perf, 35mm 4-perf, and 16mm-20 and mixed film formats
• View feet and frames in edit
• View keycode and ink number
• 24-fps EDL import, export and conversion to and from 29.97 fps
• Import ALE, FLX, and CSV files
• Cut list, change list, optical list, pull list, dupe list
• Inscriber Titlemotion, Boris FX, Combustion, After Effects, Premiere Plug-ins, Sapphire, Digital Fusion
• Support for any application that can exchange AVI, MXF and QuickTime files
• Advanced Shared Projects with real-time review*
• QuickTime, MXF, AVI, DPX, DV, DV50, DV100, H.264, Uncompressed, OMF, AAF
• Avid DNxHD*, Apple ProRes*, RED*, AVC-Intra*, AVCHD*, XDCAM HD*, XDCAM EX*
• Stereoscopic support for independent Left and Right files*
• Telecine 29.97i to 24p pull down removal
• 30fps and 25fps import to 24fps project
• New and intuitive user interface
• Basic wizard for user orientation
• Avid and FCP keyboard shortcut preferences
• Integrated help with indexed Lightworks User Guide
• New style ‘bins’
• On screen console controls
• Full screen video on single or secondary displays
• Advanced EditShare Project Sharing*
• Native support for Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD and AVC-Intra*
• Native support for RED R3D files and RED Rocket cards*
• 10bit and 16bit DPX support
• H.264 and AVCHD support for DSLR cameras
• Stereoscopic import and editorial support*
• Stereoscopic output through SDI and DVI (dual stream, side by side, anaglyph)**
• Native 2K resolution support
• Output through DVI in different resolutions up to 2K
• New project browser
• Windows 7 support (32bit and 64bit)
*Options available through the Lightworks Store
**SDI Output requires optional I/O hardware
We are still receiving questions regarding OS support for Lightworks. Currently, Lightworks runs on Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit, and Windows XP 32-bit. We are looking to port it to Linux and OSX, but this won’t happen until late 2011.
These are the minimum recommended specifications for running Lightworks optimally:
• A PC computer with Intel Core Duo, Intel Xeon, or AMD processor
• 2 GB of RAM (3GB recommended)
• A PCI Express graphics card with 256MB memory or higher
• A display with 1024 x 768 resolution or higher (1440 x 900 or higher recommended)
• Windows XP Professional SP2 or Windows 7 (32 bit or 64bit)
• QuickTime 7.6.6 or later
• 100 MB of disk space required to install Lightworks
• Dedicated media hard drive (7200rpm or higher)
A little over one month since the release candidate was made available, FFMBC has officially rolled our version 0.4. Lots of useful and interesting updates for our favourite open source video transcoding tool:
Apparently I missed the announcement back in April this year that EditShare is to release an Open Source version of their award winning non-linear video editor, Lightworks. Let me say that again; a well known, if not quite industry leading, professional non-linear video editor, as used in a number of Hollywood studios, is to move to an open source distribution model.
As could probably be predicted, there’s been a lot more press around WebM over the last ten days or so. A few articles are worth noting.
In August 2009, Google acquired codec developer On2 Technologies for a rumoured $106 million. The flagship On2 codec was VP8 and it was also rumoured at the time that Google may open source this technology in the future, although a number of challenges lay ahead.