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’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.
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.
It’s been a long while since I’ve posted on this blog, but finally today something has spurned me into action.
The Open Movie Editor project has just released a new version of this Linux based non-linear video editing tool.
Amongst the highlights of this new version are the following items:
- Inclusion of a new colour scheme called Shark
- Colour scheme preferences are now restored at restart
Full release notes are available on Sourceforge.
While only a minor update to Open Movie Editor, coming just one week after the previous release on February 3rd, this source does include my first codebase contribution to an Open Source project – the Shark colour scheme.
Download the new version of Open Movie Editor.
It would be remiss if I did not at least mention the current buzz around Linux video editing tool Cinelerra. An article appeared on Linux.com a couple of days ago, outlining a new direction for the software that began life as Broadcast2000.
I’m not going to do a Cinelerra history lesson here, go and read the Linux.com article. What is more interesting is the desire to build a new Cinelerra (Cin3), completely divorced from the original Heroine Warrior sponsor.
I’ve actually been following the Cin3 discussion on the Cinelerra mailing list for some time now. At this stage discussion seems to be centered around what the new name for the software will be and what GUI toolkit to use. There’s a long way to go before Cin3 – or Verite as it may now be known – becomes a stable usable product.
And that’s where the problem lies. Cin3 may be another 2 or 3 years away from being production ready. What happens in the meantime? How much effort will be expended on developing and maintaining the existing Cinelerra 2? While such a long lead time may be needed for a community driven application of this complexity, it does open the opportunity for other projects, both commercial and Open Source, to carve out a large video editing market share on the Linux platform.
Already Blender incorporates a reasonably full featured video sequence editor. I wonder about the viability of spinning that off as a standalone piece of software. What if MainConcept did indeed decide to open source their now defunct MainActor editing tool? Perhaps Adobe, or Sony, or Pinnacle will take the plunge and release a Linux version of their video editors. If the Linux desktop continues to rise in popularity, these scenarios are distinct possibilities.
Already Cinelerra suffers from an image problem, allegedly being too complex to learn and generally unstable. Let’s hope the Cinelerra community team can forge ahead quickly to create an easy to use, but powerful, open source non-linear video editor.
The organisers of linux.conf.au have done a fantastic job in making all presentations and tutorials available to watch online – in Ogg Theora format naturally. If you were disappointed to miss out on linux.conf.au, this is the next best thing to being there.
For readers of Stream #0 the following items from the main conference may be of most interest:
- Building a video remixing web-site using Annodex [Slides OGG part A OGG part B SPX part A SPX part B]
- Anatomy of a Video Codec [Slides OGG SPX]
- Bringing kittens back to life – continuing story of open source graphics drivers [Slides OGG SPX]
- Seeking is hard: Ogg design internals [Slides OGG SPX]
- Farsight 2: Video conferencing made easy [Slides OGG SPX]
For a full list of videos from the main conference presentations, go to the main presentation page on the linux.conf.au site and the find the presentation you’re most insterested in.
In parallel to the main linux.conf.au, there was also a Multimedia Mini-conf and the good news is, videos are available online for these presentations too!
- Foundations of Open Media Software workshop summary [OGG]
- Dirac Video Compression System [OGG]
- FOSS Codecs for Online Video: Usability, Uptake and Development [OGG]
- Lightning Talks [OGG]
- Survivor Melanesia – Ethnomusicologist vs Annodex [OGG]
- Adventures in Consumer Electronics with GStreamer [OGG]
- Ingex – tapeless television production using Linux. [OGG]
A full listing from all Mini-confs is also available.
There goes the rest of your day!