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OpenShot Video Editor’s New Skin

October 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Call me shallow, but in all seriousness the main reason I’ve not tried OpenShot video editor is that I can’t stand the glossy, glassy, bubbly look of their default colour scheme. Dislike KDE? Not that I necessarily do, but OpenShot’s theme was like KDE, but worse, much, much worse.

It seems like that’s all just changed for the better! A new “matt” theme is now available for OpenShot, and at first glance it looks much more appealing to my eyes. This will fit much better with my matt XFCE theme
See the latest blog post over on the OpenShot website, with details of how to change from the default theme, and then have a look at the two screen shots below:
Default (Before):
Matt Theme (After):
I guess that takes away any perceived barrier I had to trying this software. Happy days, I can now temporarily join the OpenShot massive (as long as I don’t visit their website too often).

Kdenlive 0.7.6 Released

October 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Just 3 months after the last release, Kdenlive is out with 0.7.6. They even had a pre-release message on their homepage for the last week or so.


The new features are:

  • Title module: rewrite, now allows for basic animation (title zoom & scroll)
  • Track rename: users can now rename tracks
  • Composite transition: keyframes can now be moved
  • Clip management: image and audio clips are automatically monitored and updated in the timeline whenever they change on disk
  • User interface cleanup: cleaner look for timeline
  • Capture monitor improvements: now shows available disk space & timecode, also allows to choose a name for captured files
  • Project management: project settings dialog now allows you to clear the thumbnails cache and delete all videoclips that are not used in the project
  • Improved clip markers: they are now displayed in the clip monitor ruler, and user can easily go to each marker from the context menu
  • Shutdown computer after rendering

Apparently stability is improved as well, through using the latest 0.4.6 version of the MLT Framework.

Read all the details on the Release Notes page and download the application from the Kdenlive website.

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Kdenlive 0.7.5 Released

July 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Popular open source non-linear video editing tool Kdenlive has just seen version 0.7.5 released. The team are making pretty regular releases and updates to this software. It’s good to see some decent velocity behind this project.

There’s an interesting Discover Kdenlive 0.7.5 page available, outlining the main changes without having to wade through heavy release notes. The main changes in this version include:
  • Timeline vertical zoom (make tracks smaller or larger in one click)
  • Stability improvement (fix issues with clip and group move / delete)
  • Non realtime playing in monitors, allows to see your editing frame by frame
  • Keyframe editor for effects
  • Template text clips
  • Improved titler (allow for right / bottom alignment of objects), allow unicode characters
  • New dialog reporting missing clips when opening a project
  • Save a copy of the Project Profile in Kdenlive document to make it easier to work on another computer
  • Save last used Rendering Profile in document so it appears by default when reopening
  • Rewrote and improved the thumbnail creator (that creates preview thumbs for your project file for KDE’s file managers)

A new version of the MLT framework (Media Lovin’ Toolkit now at 4.4) that Kdenlive is built on top of was also released today.

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Interview with Edward Hervey about the PiTiVI video editor

May 13, 2009 Leave a comment

If you don’t already know, PiTiVI is an open source non-linear video editor. It’s still in the relatively early stages of development, with quite limited functionality compared to some of the well known commercial tools, used in production environments. PiTiVI is written in Python and uses the Gstreamer framework to do the back-end heavy lifting. While PiTiVI still has a long way to go, the last 12 months has seen some good advances and dedicated resources being assigned to the team by Collabora Multimedia.

Here’s an interesting interview with lead developer Edward Hervey, talking about the past, present and future plans for PiTiVI.

I’ve tried to use PiTiVI in the past, but unfortunately found it too limited for my editing needs. Subsequently I switched to Blender, which while predominantly a 3D authoring tool, does include a reasonably powerful video sequence editor. The learning curve for Blender is quite steep, so it’s not for everyone. Let’s hope a tool like PiTiVI can emerge to make open source video editing much easier and accessible for everyone.

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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LiVES 0.9.9.1 Released

July 16, 2008 Leave a comment

The latest version of the LiVES video editing system, 0.9.9.1, is now available for download.

The release notes make interesting reading. Apart from “several fixes for hangs/crash bugs, numerous
optimisations, a smaller memory footprint, and integrated LiVES to
LiVES streaming”, the latest version also supports Frei0R plugins, which as far as I know were previously only supported by Open Movie Editor. Version 0.9.9.1 of LiVES also contains Weed technology. Don’t know about Weed? Read about it then!

Complete details of changes can be found in the change log.

Almost at the same time as this latest release, the LiVES team has started a fund raising drive, with a targe of US$6000. Further details of how the money will be spent can be found on the LiVES website.

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Open Movie Editor Releases New Version

May 23, 2008 1 comment

Linux based non-linear video application, Open Movie Editor, has released a new version. Originally new sourced were rolled out on May 21st, with a small bug fix update now available from May 23rd.

I’ve compiled and installed the new version from source and generally it works well, with a few minor quirks that are sure to be ironed out shortly – for example the audio and video codec rendering options are woefully short of all the libraries I have installed on my machine. Never mind, I always render out a project in the highest quality anyway and then transcode directly with FFmpeg. This might not be optimal for everyone.

As usual, existing Project files are recognised (these are saved in your /home/username directory usually anyway), so work can easily continue on earlier timelines.

Features of this release include:

- Zoom buttons in timeline
- Preview in separate Window
- Images in node graphs
- Lift, gamma, gain 3-Way color-tool

The Zoom buttons are probably more intuitive for new users, although I’ve already become quite used to the old drag-the-slider zoom method. Time will tell whether this new functionality will be better.

Preview in a separate window works, but I can’t quite figure out yet how I would use it. It only previews the timeline, and not clips yet to be added to the project. Previewing clips before they’re added to the timeline would be a really useful feature.

I’ve not yet tried node based editing or the new colour correction tools.

Full release note details can be found here:

http://sourceforge.net/project/shownotes.php?group_id=142766&release_id=600862

Source code download here:

http://www.openmovieeditor.org/download.html

Blender Releases New Version – 2.46

May 19, 2008 Leave a comment

Today the blender.org team announced the official release of version 2.46, codenamed the “Bunny Release”. While 2.46 release candidates have been around for a while now, the final product has some exciting changes in the Video Sequencer tool.

These include:

- Strip Blend Modes
- A reworked GUI
- A new consistent input filter
- Three way colour correction
- Proxy file creation and editing support
- Updated Preview
- True NTSC support
- Strip Transform
- Strip Markers

So, quite a lot of quality updates for video editing! Read more about the details here.

I might now need to learn how to use Blender for my video editing needs. A good place to start could be Eugenia’s tutorial.

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LiVES Releases New Version

May 19, 2008 Leave a comment

A few days ago, not sure if it was May 14th or May 16th as the website
is contradictory, Linux video editing software, LiVES, saw a new
version releases, numbered 0.9.8.12.

Unfortunately release notes
specific to this version were hard to find, although it appears that
0.9.8.11 contained an Edit/Copy bug that the new version addresses.

The latest version can be downloaded here.

Read more…

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LiVES Lives!

March 10, 2008 Leave a comment

It’s worth noting that recently there has been a small flurry of activity around the LiVES Video Editing System

On March 5th, the LiVES News page notes that development has begun again, the old Yahoo News Group has been discontinued and a new discussion forum launched. There’s not a whole lot of new discussion happening there at the moment.

The LiVES download page also shows a new version rolled out on March 10th – 0.9.8.9. Essentially this release fixes a bug in version 0.9.8.8 which prevented clips from being encoded – a fairly fundamental problem one would have thought.

It’s good to see some new work happening on the LiVES project.

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