Thursday, November 29, 2012

Novacut 12.11

What's New

This month was mostly a Dmedia bug-fix release, as we were made aware of a number of critical bugs thanks to our new automatic crash reporting with Apport.

I want to personally thank the many people who took the time to submit crash reports, including David English, Wolf2, Robert von Burg, John Prat, Sean Fell, Matteo Ronchetti, Renias, Angel Guzman Maeso, St├ęphane Guillou, and kliurka (appologies if I missed anyone). I know it's a bit of a pain to submit crash reports, but they are extremely helpful to us, so thank you!

And thanks to Laura Czajkowski for offering me the opportunity to do a guest blog post on how Novacut uses Launchpad. I tried to capture the key best-practices I've learned the past two years to help new projects start off on the right foot.

Asside from all the bug fixing, probably the most noticable change is the Dmedia importer is now even faster (see filestore 12.11 for details). This is also the first monthly Novacut release available for Ubuntu Raring (the new developement version).

Cut with Novauct

Congrats to David Jordan, cast, and crew for cutting the winning entry in a 49 hour film contest with Novacut:

Thanks to Dane Henson for creating this Novacut Users group on Vimeo, and for cutting this adorable video with Novacut:

And thanks to Impaler Media Productions for cutting this short test with Novacut:

Install Novacut 12.11

Please follow these instructions to install Novacut on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise), Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal), or Ubuntu Raring (the development version). Note that if you've already installed a previous version of Novacut, you'll automatically get Novacut 12.11 the next time the Ubuntu Update Manager runs.

If you're trying Novacut for the first time, you probably want to start by watching this so you understand a bit about Dmedia, and then watch this to get a good tour of Novacut.

Source code

You can download the source code from each component's Launchpad project page:

Monday, November 5, 2012

Novacut partnering with Apertus

I'm happy to announce that we're partnering with Apertus.

This is an R&D focused effort, and we expect great things to come from the close collaboration between of an open-source camera and an open-source NLE.

For those of you who've followed Novacut for a while, you know we're particularly obsessed with our on-set workflow, and I think working with Apertus is going to help us raise the bar even further, and highlights a great strength of Apertus.

The set of the future is full of networked devices. A big part of why we're building Novacut the way we are is so you can use tablets and phones as nifty on-set remotes. But the weak point in this equation has always been the cameras themselves.

Enter Apertus. Because their Axiom camera firmware is completely open-source, and is built to be easy to interface with, we'll be able to design a tightly coupled on-set workflow that simply isn't possible with any other camera on the market. And that's exciting stuff!

Note that this doesn't mean Novacut will stop supporting other types of cameras, just that we're throwing our support behind Apertus as a lead we hope more will follow. We think Apertus has a winning recipe, and we're honored to have this opportunity to work with them.