Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dmedia 12.10, Novacut 12.10

I'm pleased to unveil the secure device peering UX/UI new in Dmedia 12.10. Giant thanks to James Raymond for designing these screens.

Although the peering works without any outside servers, without Internet access, this is also the foundation of Novacut accounts system.

In related news, keep an eye on the first release of Lightworks for Linux coming next week.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Lucas McNelly for taking the time to chat with us:

And special thanks to Joshua Brown for taking a lot of time to chat with us, because it turned into some lengthly "user testing on air":

What's New

This month was probably the most epic Dmedia release ever.

The important thing from the user's perspective is that the Dmedia and Novacut project sync is now done over SSL, thereby providing the privacy and security needed to justify turning this on by default. After you peer your devices, the metadata stored in CouchDB will automatically be synced between your devices whenever they are on the same local network.

The same mechanism will be used to sync to our servers for the cloud beta. We made good progress testing this over the month, but there is more work to do still on project sharing. Between your own devices, we sync everything, but when collaborating on a project, only that specific project is synced (in real time) among all your collaborators. So we have a bit more work to do on the access control for this.

Install Novacut 12.10

Please follow these instructions to install Novacut on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise) or Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal). Note that if you've already installed a previous version of Novacut, you'll automatically get Novacut 12.10 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: