New Version 19.02: Qt Upgrade and HTTPS

Feb 28, 2019. | By: Dan Dennedy

Version 19.02 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

The main announcement for this release is a major update to an important library that Shotcut uses for the UI (user interface) called Qt. There have 6 major releases and two LTS (long term support) releases since the version we were using. The new version we are using is Qt 5.9.7, which is LTS (5.9) and is quite stable given the number of revisions (.7). It is a little faster as well. We did not upgrade to the latest LTS (5.12) in order to retain compatibility with macOS 10.10 and 10.11, and we want to use the same Qt version across platforms. (Linux Flatpak is an exception.) With our new Qt builds, we added support for HTTPS, which extends to our HTML effects based on WebVfx and QtWebKit. This will let custom HTML titles and effects that you make link to JavaScript libraries on the Web, which is mostly HTTPS now.

Screenshot showing HTTPS

New Features

  • Added Offset to the Timer video filter.
  • Added Vertical HD 30 fps and Vertical HD 60 fps video modes.
  • Added support for HTTPS.
  • Added --QT_SCALE_FACTOR and --QT_SCREEN_SCALE_FACTORS command line options.
  • Added English (Great Britain) translation.

Fixes

  • Fixed opening image sequence on Windows with extended/special characters in file path/name.
  • Fixed crash on some video clips, particularly those with Google Pixel 3 and likely others.
  • Fixed field order with interlaced export.
  • Fixed an image artifact when using keyframes with the Mask: Simple Shape filter.
  • Fixed image and alpha channel integrity with transitions on clips with a non-opaque alpha channel.
  • Fixed a crash when changing clip Properties > Audio > Track.
  • Fixed Properties > Video > Color Range inaccurate after changing it.
  • Fixed Shake One Second presets in regions that use comma for decimal point.
  • Fixed moving a Playlist item to the end.
  • Fixed more dialogs to be modal to prevent them from going behind the main window.
  • Fixed Overlay HTML webvfx templates when using a project folder.
  • Fixed volume slider appears before main window at launch on macOS.
  • Fixed more dialogs to use sheet style on macOS.
  • Fixed a few small memory leaks in MLT.

Changes and Improvements

  • Upgraded Qt to version 5.9.7.
  • Changed Width and Height minimum to 0 for Blur filter.
  • Set the Save as type list on all file save dialogs (convert, reverse, text, EDL, image).
  • Improved the quality of Export Frame > WebP.
  • Show “Not Seekable” instead of “Live” when opening a non-seeable clip (or device or stream).
  • Show a status message when trying to drag from Project player.
  • Prefer loading DLLs in Shotcut’s install folder over those in System32.
  • Default the out point of the Color, Count, and Text generator clips to the same as image duration (default 4 seconds).

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