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New Version 19.09: Multiselect and More Filters

Sep 14, 2019

Version 19.09 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

New Features

  • Added multi-select to Playlist as welll as Select All (Ctrl+Shift+A) and Select None (Ctrl+Shift+D) to its menu.
  • Added multi-select to Timeline, which is currently limited to the remove/delete and lift operations.
  • Added Select All (Ctrl+A) and Select None (Ctrl+D) to the Timeline menu.
  • Added new video filters:
    • Dither
    • Halftone
    • Posterize
    • Threshold
    • Elastic Scale (non-linear horizontal scaling)
    • Blend Mode (overrides the track Properties > Blend mode for that clip)

     

  • Added the option Play After Open (default on) to the playlist menu.
  • Added keyboard shortcuts for some existing Timeline menu actions:
    • Insert Track (Ctrl+Alt+I)
    • Remove Track (Ctrl+Alt+U)
    • Copy Timeline to Source (Ctrl+Alt+C)
  • Added a Galician translation.

Fixes

  • Fixed a crash in some audio filters when using 1 or 6 channels.
  • Fixed showing language English (Great Britain) when English (United States) is chosen.
  • Fixed a crash bug in v19.06 when changing image sequence Repeat in Properties.
  • Fixed a bug in v19.08 where dropping a video into Playlist on a new project does not update the Automatic Video Mode.
  • Fixed a bug in v19.08 in the on-screen rectangle control (as used in Text: Simple and Size and Position filters among a few others).
  • Fixed changing speed of a clip with a colon in the file name.
  • Fixed reading MLT XML with a colon in the file name of a relative path.
  • Fixed the playlist menu button disabled after removing all clips.
  • Fixed reloading Fade In Video or Fade Out Video using opacity may alter the colors.
  • Fixed Convert to Edit-friendly failing on GoPro videos.
  • Fixed filters during a transition are truncated after a Split on the timeline.
  • Fixed a bug in v19.08 where Keyframes becomes broken after trimming on the timeline.

Changes and Improvements

  • Reduced the size of the installation by 255 MiB!
  • Upgraded FFmpeg to v4.2.
  • Increased export process priority on Windows from Low (idle) to Below Normal.
  • Changed default HEVC quality to 45% so the x265 crf matches its default of 28.
  • Added the clip’s name to the end of a clip in Timeline if its block is wide enough.
  • No longer seek after dropping a clip from the player to the Timeline.

New Version 19.08

Aug 16, 2019

Version 19.08 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

This version continues to rework and refine existing features in the areas of video stabilization, audio normalization, converting and reversing files, external monitoring, and most significantly: the playlist.

Playlist

  • Changed Playlist > Open As Clip to simply Open. This action now opens the playlist item directly in the Source player, and all changes made in Source (trim in/out), Properties, Filters, and Keyframes apply to the playlist item immediately without an explicit update.
  • Added Playlist > Copy that opens a copy of the playlist item in Source just like the old behavior. This is useful if you want to trim out another shot from the same source clip or create a different sub-clip with different filtering.
  • Changed double-click on a playlist item to Open the clip instead of Copy it.
  • Added keyboard shortcut Shift+C to Copy a playlist item.
  • Now, when you drag a clip from Playlist to Timeline the timeline shows an appropriately-size box on a track.

Filters

  • Fixed a performance regression (since v19.06) in the following filters: Chroma Hold, Flip, LUT 3D, Mirror, Noise: Fast, Reduce Noise: Smart Blur.
  • Fixed reloading the filter UI for Rutt-Etra-Izer, Text: 3D, and Text: HTML resets the filter trimming in Keyframes.
  • Added support for keyframes to the Lens Correction and Mosaic video filters.
  • Fixed Swirl when maximum = 0%
  • Changed the minimum values for Mosaic to 0%.
  • Removed the scrolling animation from the Blank Web Animations HTML template.
  • Fixed pasting filters changes the trim and keyframes of the existing filters.
  • Fixed Crop: Circle and Crop: Rectangle not clearing the canvas resulting in trails in some situations.
  • Fixed color incorrect when using the LUT 3D filter with some other filters following it.
  • Fixed reliability of the Stabilize video filter to write its results (.stab) file.
  • Fixed showing vidstab.trf as a missing file.
  • Fixed updating Stabilize and Normalize: Two Pass results to clips copied between Source, Playlist, and Timeline.
  • Added the ability for the Stabilize and Normalize: Two Pass filters’ analysis jobs to update pending export jobs.
  • Added the option to run pending Stabilize and Normalize: Two Pass filters’ analysis jobs on export. This only works for Stabilize if you are using the project folder feature. Or, if not using the project folder feature, you must click Analyze to assign a results file name, but you can stop the analysis job.

The combination of the above fixes and changes means you can now easily batch convert files while applying image stabilization and audio normalization!

Properties

  • Added support for interlace output to Properties > Reverse and Convert to Edit-friendly including overrides for Scan mode and field order.
  • Improved detection of interlaced video in some files such as Ut Video in Matroska.
  • Added Comments to image properties along with a menu button with: Copy Full File Path, Show in Folder, and Set Creation Time…

External Monitor

  • Add resolution and refresh rates to the screens in Settings > External Monitor to make them easier to differentiate.
  • Fixed switching between different external screens on the same GPU.
  • Fixed external screen not showing on correct screen in some arrangements.

Export

  • Changed the default video quality to 55% for the Default and YouTube presets. This aligns with the x264 default crf of 23 and produces a smaller file that most people desire for upload without significant quality loss.
  • Added text after Export > Advanced > Codec > Quality to show the generated codec-specific quality level (e.g. crf for x264).
  • Fixed Stream broken by check for writable file.

Other

  • Fixed double-click in Recent Projects loading twice.
  • Fixed disabling meters in the Audio Loudness scope not shrinking space.
  • Added version metadata to the AppImage for Linux.
  • Added md5sums.txt and sha256sums.txt to the GitHub releases page.
  • Added saving Timeline track height to configuration, not only a project file.
  • Fixed trimming an unselected clip in Timeline does not correctly adjust its filters.
  • Changed Settings > Interpolation > Nearest Neighbor to no longer relax seek accuracy. Instead, seek accuracy is now relaxed only during trick playback (reverse, rewind, fast forward).
  • Added a Korean translation.

New Version 19.07

Jul 15, 2019

Version 19.07 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

This version is mostly just bug fixes and minor improvements.

Changes and Improvements

  • Changed Average Bitrate for libopus audio codec to set vbr to constrained.
  • Changed Crop: Source to use the source clip’s resolution as maximum for parameters.
  • Changed the Convert to Edit-friendly and Reverse “better” option from ProRes to DNxHR, which is faster.
  • Changed the Convert to Edit-friendly and Reverse “best” option from FFV1 to Ut Video, which is faster.
  • Improved full range handling in Convert to Edit-friendly and Reverse by respecting an override in Properties > Color Range.
  • Improved detection of full range color in video clips.
  • Changed ripple move on the Timeline to push the clips when the drop zone is a gap.
  • Added “ - Converted” into the suggested file name when using Properties > Convert to Edit-friendly…
  • Added a status message at the start of opening a project.
  • Added a drop-down of common frame rates to Export and Custom Video Mode.
  • Added a dialog to ask if the standard, fractional frame rate was intended in Export and Custom Video Mode.
  • Added a HD 1080p 50 fps video mode.

Fixes

  • Fixed Timer video filter shows incorrect decimals.
  • Fixed clips that become INVALID were saved as uneditable text clips.
  • Fixed a crash in Wave video filter.
  • Fixed a crash when changing clip Speed to something very low.
  • Fixed long Projects folder path in the New Project view.
  • Fixed the temporary backup file is empty when saving MLT XML.
  • Fixed saving existing project on Dropbox gives an error.
  • Fixed advanced keyframes removed when trimming.
  • Fixed loading the frame rate from an export preset.
  • Fixed multiple Stabilize video filter analysis jobs may try to write to the same .stab file.
  • Fixed reported timecode of failed Export job if (Frames/sec is not 25 or not changed in Advanced > Video).
  • Fixed incorrect audio waveform after Undo after insert/paste into Timeline.
  • Fixed filters added to a clip with a transition are not the correct length and not active during the transition.
  • Fixed Blur: Gaussian filter makes bottom 3 rows of the image with black or garbage.
  • Fixed help text in the New Project view may be truncated without scroll bar.
  • Fixed Crop: Circle > Radius = 100% not completely extended.
  • Fixed loading image sequences that do not put leading zeroes into their number (bug introduced in v19.06).

New Version 19.06

Jun 15, 2019

Version 19.06 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

Changes and Improvements

Project Files

This version makes a big change to the way project files are saved. Now, they always save numeric values using a period for the decimal point regardless of your OS locale (region/language) setting. This makes it possible to collaborate with others that have a different decimal point setting without going through a (probably incomplete) repair process. This should also help to avoid bugs. This change applies to new projects only; old projects load and run same as before including saving. However, be aware that if your locale does not use a period for the decimal point, then older versions of Shotcut will try to repair a project created with this version because the older versions do not have this new capability.

Timeline and Keyframes Rulers

We changed the Timeline and Keyframes rulers interval to 5 seconds and show only HH:MM:SS and no frame units. This makes them cleaner and quicker to read.

Screenshot of the new rulers

Reorganized Some Video Filters

  • Renamed video filter Circular Frame to Crop: Circle.
  • Renamed video filter Crop to Crop: Source.
  • Renamed video filter Text to Text: Simple.
  • Renamed video filter 3D Text to Text: 3D.
  • Renamed video filter Overlay HTML to Text: HTML.
  • Renamed video filter Blur to Blur: Box.
  • Renamed Reduce Noise video filter to Reduce Noise: Smart Blur.

Other Changes

  • Changed Export > From to show Source instead of base file name.
  • Changed the default for Settings > Display Method back to DirectX on Windows.
  • Changed maximum duration of Color, Text, and Color Bars clips to 4 hours.
  • Increased maximum value of the Timer filter’s Start Delay, Duration, and Offset parameters to 24 hours.
  • Improved Export Job progress and estimated time remaining.

New Features

Blur Filters

In the previous versions of Shotcut the Blur video filter could create dark edges on the image. Therefore, 3 new blur filters were added that do not have this problem:

  • Blur: Exponential (fast)
  • Blur: Low Pass (fast)
  • Blur: Gaussian (slow)

However, they do not support Keyframes or support blurring in only a horizontal or vertical direction. So, the existing blur filter was retained but renamed Blur: Box.

Main Toolbar

The previous version changed the appearance of the toolbar to address a high density (DPI) issue on Linux. However, that made the icons larger for most people. Also, some people would simply hide the main toolbar since it took up so much space. Now, there are two new options in the View menu:

  • Show Text Under Icons (default on)
  • Show Small Icons (default off)

Screenshot of the main toolbar with small icons and no text underneath

Additionally:

  • Added Jobs to the main toolbar. Jobs toolbar icon
  • Reordered panel buttons on main toolbar to match View menu.

Alpha Channel Support for HTML-based Filters

Shotcut can use HTML technologies for video effects, but previously it was limited at support the existing image or video’s alpha channel (transparency mask) and would always overwrite it with its own alpha channel, which often times was opaque. For example, this prevented maintaining transparency when using 3D text on a transparent color clip. Now, it supports the alpha channel. Using this, we have new Crop video filters.

Crop Filters

Previous versions of Shotcut’s Crop filter did not behave as some expected because it removes pixels from the edges of the source and thus changes its aspect ratio. Still, it can be useful when working with sources with a higher resolution than the project because it does not require one to crop and then upscale to remove black bars. Therefore, the existing crop filter was renamed to Crop: Source, and two new crop filters were added using HTML.

  • Crop: Circle
  • Crop: Rectangle

These two new crop filters can use the HTML alpha channel support by changing the alpha component of their Color parameter. This is very useful when using Crop: Rectangle or Crop: Circle while compositing video tracks.

More New Things

  • Added Ripple All button to Timeline toolbar. Ripple all tracks icon
  • Added a vertical Flip video filter.
  • Added Reduce Noise: HQDN3D video filter.
  • Added Noise: Fast video filter.
  • Added Noise: Keyframes video filter.
  • Added Add Keyframe button in Keyframes (only on parameters that show a curve UI). Add keyframe icon
  • Added keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+0-9 to toggle the panels.
  • Added Alt 0/+/- shortcuts to adjust the zoom in Keyframes.
  • Added Swedish translation.

Fixes

  • Fixed deleting the project file if there was a save error.
  • Fixed reliability of Settings > Display Method > Software on Windows.
  • Fixed Crop: Source filter not working with Color clip.
  • Fixed using filters on Color Bars and other generator clips.
  • Fixed audio filters (Compressor, Expander, Limiter, Notch, Reverb) broken\ on comma for decimal.
  • Fixed alpha video opaque on gaps in Timeline.
  • Fixed Convert to Edit-friendly and Reverse if there is no audio track.
  • Fixed Measure Video Quality broken.
  • Fixed Alpha: Adjust > Invert checkbox on reload.
  • Fixed color eye-dropper (picker) error.
  • Fixed audio Pan filter channel resets on reload.
  • Fixed a crash using Mirror filter before Rotate and Scale or Size and Position.
  • Fixed poor Reverse audio quality for mp4 and mkv options.
  • Fixed the Simple Scroll HTML template may not scroll up or left completely.

New Version 19.04: Fun New Video Effects

Apr 30, 2019

Version 19.04 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

This version is the usual roundup of recent fixes and minor feature additions. The development team especially thanks forum members @Paul2, @sauron, and @DRM for their contributions to this release.

New Features

  • Added (creation) Date column to Playlist Details view.
  • Added Set File Date… to the Playlist menu and item context menu.
  • Added Sort By Name and Sort By Date to the Playlist menu.
    These are single-shot sorting commands. The playlist is still fixed-ordering. The new options do not automatically sort new playlist entries.
  • Added new video filters:
    • Grid
    • Audio Dance Visualization
    • Audio Light Visualization
    • RGB Shift
    • Glitch
    • Distort

     

  • Added Zoom 300%, 400%, 500%, 750%, and 1000% to the player’s zoom menu.
  • Added Settings > Drawing Method > Software (Mesa) on Windows.
    This is not good for performance, but it improves compatibility. Use only as a last resort.
  • Added Display Method > OpenGL or Software (Mesa) on Linux.
  • Added Norwegian Nynorsk translation.

Fixes

  • Fixed reading some AVCHD files after a camcorder splits.
  • Cosmetic fixes for timecode spinner and toolbar icons on high DPI systems.
  • Bundled libnsl for Linux to fix Fedora.
  • Fixed Video Waveform scope graticule not showing on non-dark theme.
  • Fixed incorrect compositing z-order after Insert Track.
  • Fixed cosmetic problem with main toolbar using System theme on macOS.
  • Fixed current track changes after inserting or overwriting a clip in Timeline.
  • Fixed absolute paths can be introduced on Windows when using a project folder.
  • Fixed sometimes showing forward slashes for file paths on Windows.
  • Fixed first clip does not start at beginning when drop to Timeline after File > New or File > Close.
  • Fixed Properties > Convert and Reverse on files with album art or embedded thumbnail.
  • Fixed a possible crash on File > New or File > Close.
  • Fixed filters on clips not extended into transition when adding a transition by trimming or resizing a transition.
  • Fixed Open Other > ALSA Audio on toolbar on Linux.
  • Fixed changing Properties > Speed or Color Range on a timeline clip may crash.
  • Fixed timeline correction when drag clip to another track and then back to original.
  • Fixed reloading the Mask: From File filter resets Threshold keyframes.
  • Fixed the Mask: Simple Shape filter does not work when Width or Height is 0%.

Changes and Improvements

  • Increased parameter ranges in the Rotate and Scale filter.
  • Added verification that saved MLT XML is well-formed XML before (over-)writing the target file.
  • Changed default Outline Thickness (3) and alpha of Text filter to match Open Other > Text and prevent a problem where the text outline is aliased when the clip is transparent.
  • Changed the version check to use HTTPS for increased privacy.
  • Added DLL redirection files for other .exe programs on Windows to prioritize Shotcut-provided DLLs over those in system or $path.
  • Removed the buggy Merge with next clip from Timeline clip context menu.

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