New Release 18.07

Jul 2, 2018. | By: Dan Dennedy

Version 18.07 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

Here are the main fixes and enhancements in this new version:

  • Numerous fixes as usual.
  • Changed shortcut for Add Video Track to Ctrl+I (Cmd+I on macOS).
  • Changed shortcut for Redo to Ctrl+Y on Windows.
  • Added 10% to the player zoom menu.
  • Hide the VUI (video user interface) when the play head is not over the clip with the current filter.
  • Renamed the Rotate filter to Rotate and Scale.
  • Keyframes are now saved in the project file using time clock values instead of frame numbers to make them adaptive to frame rate.
  • Reverted memory manager change from v18.05 pending further testing to improve stability.
  • Added advanced keyframes to the Size and Position filter.
  • Added simple and advanced keyframes to the following video filters:
    • Rotate and Scale
    • Text
    • Glow*
    • Contrast*
    • Sharpen*
    • Vignette*
      * = including the (still experimental) GPU filter
  • Added Copy Timeline to Source to Timeline menu.
  • Changed the audio codec to AC-3 for the edit-friendly and reverse MP4 file format.
  • Changed J and K key behavior to change speed up or down before changing direction.
  • Added categories to the Export presets (custom presets can start their name with “category)” to use a category).
  • Added View > Layout menu for custom and stock layouts:
    • Timeline Project
    • Playlist Project
    • Clip-only Project
    • Player
  • Changed the default, first-time user UI layout to Timeline Project.
  • Changed Properties > menu > Reverse… to work on a trimmed clip from either Source or Timeline.
  • Added Properties menu items to the context menus for Timeline and timeline clips.
  • Added logic to sort GoPro files when multiple files are opened or dropped.
  • Added support for setting project file name (using File > Save) for empty project.
  • Added new HTML template for WebVfx JavaScript extensions enabled in Overlay HTML video filter.
  • Added search field to the filter chooser in Filters.
  • Upgraded MLT to v6.10.0

Below is a screenshot showing the new View > Layout menu.

Screenshot of the new View > Layout menu

About the Change to Reverse

When this feature was added in the previous version 18.06, it would reverse an entire file. If you just wanted to reverse a trimmed shot, then you had to manually export it as something and then open and reverse the result of that. Moreover, many formats do not work well to seek each frame backwards and would give poor results. This new version takes care of both of those by adding two jobs: convert and reverse. The convert step also performs trimming using the in and out points from either the clip in the Source player or a clip selected on the Timeline. The reverse job automatically deletes the intermediate result of the convert job.

About Copy Timeline to Source

Often you want to export a portion of the timeline - whether to preview it, troubleshoot an export problem, or to so-called “bake” effects. This could be done previously by saving the project, using File > Open MLT XML as Clip…, trimming this virtual clip in the Source player, and then export the trimmed virtual clip. This new menu item in the Timeline menu simply makes that more convenient and also works with an unsaved project. It simply opens a copy of the current timeline project in the Source player where you can trim and then export (make sure to check Export > From).

About the New HTML Template for WebVfx JavaScript Extensions

Previously, if you added the Overlay HTML video filter, enabled the Use WebVfx JavaScript Extensions checkbox, and clicked New… you would get a starting HTML document that did NOT use WebVfx and could be broken if you did not add the WebVfx code (or add it correctly). Now, you at least get a page with some basic WebVfx JavaScript. But also, this page includes a Web Animations API polyfill to seek on HTML5 animations, and it uses Web Animations to scroll the entire document from off the bottom edge to off the top edge over the duration of the clip (i.e. scrolling credits). View Source in the WYSIWYG HTML editor is your gateway to modify the animation for your needs.

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