The new Kdenlive transition Composite and Transform will make basic compositing a lot easier for probably many Kdenlive users. But the new transition also allows for some nice and very easy masking effects...
rendering MP4 video including meta data in Kdenlive. This is very convenient, as you keep the meta data (such as title, author, copyright) in the best place: in your Kdenlive project. Unfortunately, the underlying ffmpeg handles only some, but not all (usable) of the iTunes-compatible meta data elements. Even worse, ffmpeg cannot add cover art. Time for another attempt: a Kdenlive post-rendering script...
ffmpeg gets us on really difficult terrain. It sort of feels like we're back in the early days of MP3 audio files. Not much hard documentation and everyone seems to say something else. Fortunately, a dive into ffmpeg's source code allowed me to surface with a simple list of meta data supported for MP4 containers.
Yet even more Kdenlive UI polishing: the Kdenlive status bar just below the timeline has been cleaned up. The status bar now only (mostly) contains only controls that deal with the timeline appearance, such as zoom, showing video thumbnails, and so on. All the other stuff that was slowly filling up the status bar has now found home in the new timeline toolbar, with many new buttons showing up. So what are these good for...?
from clip context menu.
So far, Kdenlive did only allow video editors to selectively disable the audio part or alternatively the video part on a per-clip basis in the timeline.
Now that timeline insert and overwrite operations have landed in the development version of Kdenlive, we finally get the long-time missing insert mode. Formerly, insert mode wasn't implemented at all, and the mode switch disabled in the user interface. So how do the two modes insert and overwrite work...?
As part of the new advanced timeline editing operations that have been landed in the development branch, Kdenlive now has new track status indicators. Each track got its own little signal LED. It can either be unlit, or red, yellow, or green. But what does this status actually signal...?
three new PPAs maintained by the Kdenlive project offer quick access to the most recent stable Kdenlive, as well as to the next upcoming stable version and the current development version. Very importantly, these PPAs also come with corresponding MLT, ffmpeg, and frei0r packages. In particular, some recent Kdenlive features will only work with very recent MLT packages.
- kdenlive-stable: the most recent offical stable release. For production use.
- kdenlive-testing: the feature-frozen upcoming Kdenlive stable release. If you run into problems with the current stable, try this if a fix is already available. Also, this gives you early access to bug fixes in advance of the next stable release. May be used with great caution also for production, especially within a bug-fixing release cycle, such as version 16.04 to 16.04.3.
- kdenlive-master: bleading-edge Kdenlive from git master. Contains new features, fixes, and probably also bugs.
The upcoming Kdenlive 16.04 will feature enhanced keyframe editing. Kdenlive finally unlocks the multiple keyframe interpolation modes that were, until now, deeply hidden in its MLT engine so far...
Recently, some nice upgrades to Kdenlive's title editor (so-called titler) have landed in the soon-to-be released stable 16.04 version. So what are we to expect from the titler editor feature improvements...?