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Flowblade Movie Editor is a multitrack non-linear video editor for Linux released under GPL 3 license. Flowblade is designed to provide a fast, precise and as-simple-as-possible editing experience. Flowblade employs film style editing paradigm in which clips are usually automatically placed tightly after the previous clip - or between two existing clips - when they are inserted on the timeline. Edits are fine tuned by trimming in and out points of clips, or by cutting and deleting parts of clips. Film style editing is faster for creating programs with mostly straight cuts and audio splits, but may be slower when programs contain complex composites unless correct work flow is followed. Flowblade provides powerful tools to mix and filter video and audio.

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2.6 (July 5, 2020)


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Flowblade 2.6
Date: July 5, 2020

This is the second Python 3 release of the application and this time we introduced a quite large amount of new functionality like Container Clips and async rendering of resources via Jobs panel.

MLT 6.18 or higher is now required.

Application requires XDG user folder information to run, using dot folders as backup is no longer supported

Flatpak does not support all features, Bacth rendering and Blender Container Clips are currently not available in Flowblade Flatpak. We aim to do a point release in August addressing these issues.

In 2.4 for we added the concept of Compositing Modes enabling user to select between different ways of creating composited images. In this release we complete the approach by adding a new Compositing Mode Standard Full Track

Standard Full Track Compositing Mode - no Compositors needed
The shortest way to describe this compositing mode is "What everyone else does". No Compositors are needed to create composited images in this Compositing mode.

We made a tutorial video explaining using Compositing Modes here.

User documentation on Compositing Modes is here.

Other Composing Mode changes
Top Down Auto Follow Compositing Mode was removed. This mode did not offer any sufficiently differetiated and useful functionality to justify any additional complexity.

Compositing Mode can now be selected from a menu in the bottom left corner.

Making Standard Full Track the default Compositing Mode in the future
We are considering making the new Compositing Mode Standard Full Track the default for new projects, anyone having an opinion on this can comment here.

We introduced a new Media and Timeline object called a Container Clip.

There is a lengthy explenation on the rationale and usage of Container Clips in user documentation here.

This is only the first iteration on the idea to get things going. Later we will be adding at least a Python based scripting tool and Natron project file Container Clips.

For 2.8 we will introduce a central repository that users can contribute to share container clip resources.

Compound Clips are now Selection Container Clips
Clips made from selections were previously called Compound Clips but now they are one type of Container Clips and Compound Clips naming is no longer used.

We now offer a functionality to render one or more parts of timeline in case there are performance problems in some areas. Releated user documentation is here.

Adding Container Clips necessitated proving a way to launch, observe and abort asynchronous renders other then the existing Batch Rendring functionality.

Proxy Clip rendering and rendering of Motion/Reverse clips are now asynchronous jobs instead of the previous approach where they were modal renders.

Functionality is provided in a new Jobs panel and shoukld be quite straight forward to understand.

Albano Battistella

updated italian translation

updated Chinese ZN_ch_ translation

updated Ukranian translations
Николай Смольянинов

Updated Russian translation
Fixed "start key" to "home key"

Add a list of the unused files as a new Media Panel view category.

New optional playback buttons To Start/To End to go to start or end of timeline.

75 pixels high tracks option. These larger tracks can look nicer and clearer in many situations.

Pascal de Bruijn

add Lines filter

add Dust filter

move Grain from group Blur to Artistic

libmp3lame over ffmpeg's aac

renderencoding: minor consistency changes


Add sturdier code for missing @2 icons

Added compositor_icon@2


Fix crash on loading a project with color clips
Partial filter application with filter masks .

Clips can reload clip media from disk now.

Steal frames for rendered transitions feature.

No confirm dialog asked on on project exit if nothing has been changed.

Rotomask Curve/Line type selection is now a persistent property.

New keyboard shrtcuts:

Alt + R is shortcut for Resync now, S no longer works for this

Clear Filters was changed to Alt + C

Alt + K for clear Mark In/Out

Alt + I/O is now Display going to mark in/out for all usecases, Shift + Shift + I/O still works users who prefer

Position bar now shows timeline markers

Disk cache size warning. If Flowblade takes over 500MB space on disk user will be informed.

Range Overwrite edit action now works when only Timeline Mark Out defined.

It is now possible to change render path of a render item in Batch Render window

We are moving to feature branch development model so master can have quite long pauses before new work appers there.

Work on SDL 1.2 replacement. We got SDL 2 software rendering video display working but the performance was much worse then what we have now. Next we will look to develop SDL2/OpenGL based solution

Improved GUI configuration. Now that we have editing tool set, workflow and compositing model user configurable we will continue to make keyboard shortcuts, middlebar contents and window layout configurable.

Container Clips work with Natron and Python script tool features planned.

Work on Issue list.

There will no summer shutdown this year, we will remain active on PRs and Issue list, but on July there will probably be relatively few new patches.

Fix issues with deleting and moving media items in media Panel views.

Make out-of-range keyframes menu do write out correctly for all edit actions.

Fix slight GUI shaking in Keyframe Editor.

Make $HOME default folder for "Save As..." when no good last save data exists.

Drop 96 kHz audio sample rate option.

Fix rendered Fade out video position.

Fix rendered fades delete actions.

Fix rendered transitions Issue #836.

Make fade editors position update with timeline.

Titler: Fix layers load GUI inconsistency with layer visibility.

Escape G'Mic render paths spaces.

Make fade buttons default lengths configurable.

Player buttons tooltips fixes.

Fix double .xml in selection Container Clips.S

Autocreate user defined render folder if deleted.

Position Scale filter: Make keyframe copy paste work Position Scale filter: Make menu actions work Position Scale filter: Set initial value to 0,0 Position Scale filter: Fix numerical inputs

Add Default Keyboard Shortcuts list is Docs.

Fix missing proxy dir on launch.

Make NO_DECORATIONS default button style.

Remove module, it is not used.

Drop presets from G'Mic tool rendering options.

Add action to render proxyfiles for all project media.

Make sure there is always space displayed in GUI after sequence end.

Make dark theme timeline marker yellow to pop better.

Position bar markesrs display bug fix.

Implement default render folder feature.

Replace deprecated time.clock() with time.monotonic.

Implement quieting output prints with commandline switch --quiet.

Fix Issue #801 with unexpected save behaviour with moved project files.

Try to use original media when proxy media missing on load and project is in proxy mode.

Make proxies destroyable with cache management UI.

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Review by Peter on Apr 4, 2017 Version: 1.12 OS: Linux Ease of use: 6/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10

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