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Feature of the week in Kdenlive: backups

While working hard in Randa, I implemented a feature that will make everyone happy: automatic backup of your project file!

We had a few reports on the forum of broken project files that were not recoverable. This is not a frequent issue, but losing all the work you have done on a video editing project is not fun! So after a short discussion with the Kdenlive team, here it is!

With this feature, every time you save your project file, instead of overwriting the existing version, it will create a dated backup of the previous version. In the Project menu, you will now have an Open Backup File entry that will bring up the dialog pictured here.

In the backup dialog, you see a list of all backuped versions of your project file with a nice screenshot of the timeline at the time the backup was made. You can then open any of the backup file to recover a previous version.

This is in svn and will be part of the next Kdenlive release.

A big thank you to all the people who made the Randa Sprint possible and so enjoyable!

Randa KDE sprint


Several Kdenlive developers will meet in the next days in Randa (which will host a big KDE sprint) to exchange ideas and discuss about Kdenlive's evolution. I hope that we will come up with some great ideas, we will keep you informed!

Jean-Baptiste Mardelle

Kdenlive 0.8 released

We are proud to announce the release of Kdenlive 0.8. This new version brings several new features, including improved UI, proxy clips, audio monitoring, HDMI output, new effects and more.

As usual, Kdenlive benefits from the recent improvements in the MLT framework(version 0.7 is required) and Frei0r effects(version 1.3 is recommended) projects.

You can find a detailed list of changes on the Kdenlive 0.8 information page.

Update (2nd of May 2011):
MLT 0.7.2 was just released, all users are encouraged to upgrade.

Source code can be downloaded from our sourceforge page, and packages will be announced on our download page when available.

Support can be found in our forums and issues reported on our bugtracker.

We hope you will enjoy this release!

For the Kdenlive team:
Jean-Baptiste Mardelle

Coming soon to your Desktop...

Just wanted to post a screenshot of Kdenlive's current development version that includes a great new feature: a Stop motion utility.
The only drawback is that this feature currently depends on a specific hardware to capture from HDMI. So how does it work?

It's very easy: just plug your camcorder or digital camera into the HDMI port of a Linux compatible capture card, and you get a live preview of the camcorder.
Click on the capture button to grab an image, you can also transparently overlay the last captured frame on the monitor to easily see the difference with current live feed.

So capture your frames, preview them with the built in preview feature and then click on the "Add sequence" button to add your animated stopmotion sequence to your project.
Read more in the full article …

Kdenlive 0.7.8 released

We are proud to announce the release of Kdenlive 0.7.8. This new version brings many new features, including 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 and a lot more.

The development team is also slowly growing, and Kdenlive benefits from the recent improvements in the MLT framework(version 0.5.10 is required) and Frei0r effects(version 1.2.0 is recommended) projects.

You can find a detailed list of changes on the Kdenlive 0.7.8 information page.

Source code can be downloaded from our sourceforge page, and packages will be announced on our download page when available.

Support can be found in our forums and issues reported on our bugtracker.

We hope you will enjoy this release!

For the Kdenlive team:
Jean-Baptiste Mardelle

Track effects in Kdenlive 0.7.8

A new feature introduced in Kdenlive is track effects. There are several situations where this can be useful, for example:

  • You want to make a black and white movie
  • You need to correct the audio balance of all your clips

So now, with Kdenlive 0.7.8, instead of applying the effect to all clips in timeline, you can simply add the effect to the track, and all clips in that track will have the effect applied.

To apply an effect on a track, just drag & drop an effect from the Effect list widget to your track header (see screenshot on the left). You can then adjust your effect settings just like usual (but note that because we had not enough time, keyframes are not yet supported on track effects).
Read more in the full article …

Getting ready for Kdenlive 0.7.8

We are now preparing the Kdenlive 0.7.8 release which should be ready around the 13th of september 2010.

A lot of issues were fixed and several new features were added. You can see the list of issues in our 0.7.8 presentation page. In the next days, we will blog about the new features, so that you can discover what is waiting for you on the release day!

Kdenlive 0.7.6 released

We are glad to announce the release of Kdenlive 0.7.6, 3 months after the 0.7.5 version.

Many crashes related to effects, transitions, and timeline corruption issues were fixed, and the latest MLT version (0.4.6) that is used for this Kdenlive release also provides an improved stability, so we encourage all our users to upgrade.

The list of fixed issues can be found on our bugtracker: http://www.kdenlive.org/mantis/changelog_page.php?version_id=11

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

Kdenlive 0.7.5 released

We are glad to announce the release of Kdenlive version 0.7.5. A new version of MLT (0.4.4) was also released today, all users are encouraged to upgrade to these new versions.

For this release, we concentrated on bug fixing and we hope that users will feel more comfortable with Kdenlive as it becomes more stable.

You can find more informations on the new feature in our "Discover Kdenlive 0.7.5" page.

A complete changelog of the fixed issues can be found on our bugtracker.

As usual, you can download the Kdenlive sources from our sourceforge page (see compilation instructions), updated packages for your distros should be available in a few days.

Kdenlive 0.7.4 released

Kdenlive 0.7.4 is now released.

Main changes

  • Compatibility with the new 0.4.x versions of MLT
  • Rendering jobs now start one after another instead of all together
  • Rewritten DVD wizard, allowing for chapters, several buttons in menu and easy preview
  • Start of a transcoding feature, allowing to easily convert a clip in another format
  • New icon for Kdenlive by Alberto Villa
  • Lots of bug fixes (see full list) and small other improvements

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