New Version 19.08

https://www.shotcut.org/blog/new-release-190816/

Version 19.08 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

This version continues to rework and refine existing features in the areas of video stabilization, audio normalization, converting and reversing files, external monitoring, and most significantly: the playlist.

Playlist

  • Changed Playlist > Open As Clip to simply Open. This action now opens the playlist item directly in the Source player, and all changes made in Source (trim in/out), Properties, Filters, and Keyframes apply to the playlist item immediately without an explicit update.
  • Added Playlist > Copy that opens a copy of the playlist item in Source just like the old behavior. This is useful if you want to trim out another shot from the same source clip or create a different sub-clip with different filtering.
  • Changed double-click on a playlist item to Open the clip instead of Copy it.
  • Added keyboard shortcut Shift+C to Copy a playlist item.
  • Now, when you drag a clip from Playlist to Timeline the timeline shows an appropriately-size box on a track.

Filters

  • Fixed a performance regression (since v19.06) in the following filters: Chroma Hold, Flip, LUT 3D, Mirror, Noise: Fast, Reduce Noise: Smart Blur.
  • Fixed reloading the filter UI for Rutt-Etra-Izer, Text: 3D, and Text: HTML resets the filter trimming in Keyframes.
  • Added support for keyframes to the Lens Correction and Mosaic video filters.
  • Fixed Swirl when maximum = 0%
  • Changed the minimum values for Mosaic to 0%.
  • Removed the scrolling animation from the Blank Web Animations HTML template.
  • Fixed pasting filters changes the trim and keyframes of the existing filters.
  • Fixed Crop: Circle and Crop: Rectangle not clearing the canvas resulting in trails in some situations.
  • Fixed color incorrect when using the LUT 3D filter with some other filters following it.
  • Fixed reliability of the Stabilize video filter to write its results (.stab) file.
  • Fixed showing vidstab.trf as a missing file.
  • Fixed updating Stabilize and Normalize: Two Pass results to clips copied between Source, Playlist, and Timeline.
  • Added the ability for the Stabilize and Normalize: Two Pass filters’ analysis jobs to update pending export jobs.
  • Added the option to run pending Stabilize and Normalize: Two Pass filters’ analysis jobs on export. This only works for Stabilize if you are using the project folder feature. Or, if not using the project folder feature, you must click Analyze to assign a results file name, but you can stop the analysis job.

The combination of the above fixes and changes means you can now easily batch convert files while applying image stabilization and audio normalization!

Properties

  • Added support for interlace output to Properties > Reverse and Convert to Edit-friendly including overrides for Scan mode and field order.
  • Improved detection of interlaced video in some files such as Ut Video in Matroska.
  • Added Comments to image properties along with a menu button with: Copy Full File Path, Show in Folder, and Set Creation Time…

External Monitor

  • Add resolution and refresh rates to the screens in Settings > External Monitor to make them easier to differentiate.
  • Fixed switching between different external screens on the same GPU.
  • Fixed external screen not showing on correct screen in some arrangements.

Export

  • Changed the default video quality to 55% for the Default and YouTube presets. This aligns with the x264 default crf of 23 and produces a smaller file that most people desire for upload without significant quality loss.
  • Added text after Export > Advanced > Codec > Quality to show the generated codec-specific quality level (e.g. crf for x264).
  • Fixed Stream broken by check for writable file.

Other

  • Fixed double-click in Recent Projects loading twice.
  • Fixed disabling meters in the Audio Loudness scope not shrinking space.
  • Added version metadata to the AppImage for Linux.
  • Added md5sums.txt and sha256sums.txt to the GitHub releases page.
  • Added saving Timeline track height to configuration, not only a project file.
  • Fixed trimming an unselected clip in Timeline does not correctly adjust its filters.
  • Changed Settings > Interpolation > Nearest Neighbor to no longer relax seek accuracy. Instead, seek accuracy is now relaxed only during trick playback (reverse, rewind, fast forward).
  • Added a Korean translation.

New Version 19.09: Multiselect and More Filters

https://www.shotcut.org/blog/new-release-190914/

Version 19.09 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

New Features

  • Added multi-select to Playlist as welll as Select All (Ctrl+Shift+A)
    and Select None (Ctrl+Shift+D) to its menu.
  • Added multi-select to Timeline, which is currently limited to the
    remove/delete and lift operations.
  • Added Select All (Ctrl+A) and Select None (Ctrl+D) to the Timeline
    menu.
  • Added new video filters:
    • Dither
    • Halftone
    • Posterize
    • Threshold
    • Elastic Scale (non-linear horizontal scaling)
    • Blend Mode (overrides the track Properties > Blend mode for that clip)

     

  • Added the option Play After Open (default on) to the playlist menu.
  • Added keyboard shortcuts for some existing Timeline menu actions:
    • Insert Track (Ctrl+Alt+I)
    • Remove Track (Ctrl+Alt+U)
    • Copy Timeline to Source (Ctrl+Alt+C)
  • Added a Galician translation.

Fixes

  • Fixed a crash in some audio filters when using 1 or 6 channels.
  • Fixed showing language English (Great Britain) when
    English (United States) is chosen.
  • Fixed a crash bug in v19.06 when changing image sequence Repeat in
    Properties.
  • Fixed a bug in v19.08 where dropping a video into Playlist on a new
    project does not update the Automatic Video Mode.
  • Fixed a bug in v19.08 in the on-screen rectangle control (as used in Text:
    Simple
    and Size and Position filters among a few others).
  • Fixed changing speed of a clip with a colon in the file name.
  • Fixed reading MLT XML with a colon in the file name of a relative path.
  • Fixed the playlist menu button disabled after removing all clips.
  • Fixed reloading Fade In Video or Fade Out Video using opacity may
    alter the colors.
  • Fixed Convert to Edit-friendly failing on GoPro videos.
  • Fixed filters during a transition are truncated after a Split on the
    timeline.
  • Fixed a bug in v19.08 where Keyframes becomes broken after trimming on the
    timeline.

Changes and Improvements

  • Reduced the size of the installation by 255 MiB!
  • Upgraded FFmpeg to v4.2.
  • Increased export process priority on Windows from Low (idle) to Below Normal.
  • Changed default HEVC quality to 45% so the x265 crf matches its default of 28.
  • Added the clip’s name to the end of a clip in Timeline if its block is
    wide enough.
  • No longer seek after dropping a clip from the player to the Timeline.

New Version 19.10: New Time-based Filters

https://www.shotcut.org/blog/new-release-191020/

Version 19.10 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

New Features

  • Added new video Filters:
    • Choppy
    • Nervous (a random selection of previous and current frame)
    • No Sync
    • Trails
    • Vertigo

       

  • Added Keyframes toolbar buttons and keyboard shortcuts for filter-trimming
    and simple keyframes:

    • [ = set the filter start
    • ] = set the filter end
    • = set the first simple keyframe
    • = set the second simple keyframe
    • Alt+[ = seek previous simple keyframe
    • Alt+] = seek next simple keyframe
  • Added keyboard shortcuts for Filters:
    • F = open the Filters panel and filter chooser. (At this point search has
      focus and the first filter is selected…)
    • Up/Down – select the previous or next filter in the list
    • Enter = add the selected filter to the list
    • Shift+F = remove the selected filter from the list
  • Added Thai translation.

Fixes

  • Fixed Open Other > Audio/Video Device capture (broken in v19.09).
  • Fixed a crash in Timeline when you Lift the first clip in a track
    (broken in v19.09).
  • Fixed automatic configuration of VA-API for Export > Use hardware encoder
    (broken in v19.09).
  • Fixed Blend Mode filter affects other clips on the track (if the track
    Properties > Blend mode was not changed).
  • Fixed adding keyframes to some video filters into area after extending the clip:
    • Text: Simple
    • Rotate and Scale
    • Size and Position
  • Fixed color picker not automatically changing alpha from 0 to 255.
  • Fixed a restarted job reports stopped when completed successfully.
  • Fixed HTML file names with extended UTF-8 chars on Linux.
  • Fixed Timeline audio waveform after changing Properties > Audio > Track.
  • Fixed a crash opening a project that includes itself by making a self-repair
    on open.
  • Fixed saving the length property in MLT XML as a time value independent of
    frame rate.
  • Fixed changing Video Mode of an opened project breaks timing of edits.
  • Fixed Timeline ruler not synchronized with the tracks’ scroll after
    resizing panel or window.
  • Fixed Timeline > Undo after splitting the second clip of a transition
    corrupts the timeline.

Changes

  • Use the main video stream by default when there is an embedded
    album/poster/thumbnail.
  • Minor improvements to the ProRes Export preset.
  • Improved performance of some video filters when using parallel processing:
    • Blur: Exponential, Gaussian, Low Pass
    • Glow
    • Mask: Simple Shape
    • Reduce Noise: HQDN3D
    • Sharpen
  • Improved performance of track blending in areas with transparency.
  • Reduced the free disk space check to 25 GB.
  • Opening Matroska files containing HuffYUV or Ut Video is much faster.
  • Timeline waveforms are dimmed instead of hidden when track is muted.
  • Changed RGB video clip Properties > Color range to Full and disabled.
  • Changed Properties > Reverse and Convert to Edit-friendly best option
    (MKV) to use PCM for audio.
  • Changed the Export > lossless > Ut Video preset to the matroska format.
  • The signed macOS app is now notarized.

New Version 19.12: Move Freely

New Version 19.12: Move Freely

https://www.shotcut.org/blog/new-release-191216/

Version 19.12 is now available for DOWNLOAD!

This version makes the Timeline much more flexible. Previously, you could
only move a clip to a blank spot on the timeline, or the move operation would be
rejected and the clip would snap back to its original location. This is no
longer restricted, and you can move anywhere as if you were inserting or
overwriting with a new clip. Of course, you need to be more careful now! Also,
when using drag-n-drop to make a transition, previously you could not have a gap
in the timeline between the two clips. Now, you can drag over a gap and overlap
the clips to make the transition (but still only for neighboring clips on the
same track, by design.) These two improvements were needed to support the
ability to move multiple clips at once. We expect to include that in the first
version of 2020. Meanwhile, there were some important fixes to get out and
changes for people to adjust to.

New

  • Added 3 new filters:
    • Gradient video filter


    Screenshot of Gradient filter

    • Scan Lines video filter
    • Noise Gate audio filter
  • Added a new color gradient control to the following filters:
    • Audio Light Visualization
    • Audio Spectrum Visualization
    • Audio Waveform Visualization
  • Added View > Scopes > Video Zoom.
  • Added Reverse checkbox to the Mask: From File filter.
  • Added Remove Finished to the Jobs menu.
  • Added Playlist > Update Thumbnails.
  • Added Update Thumbnails to the timeline video clip menu.
  • Added keyboard shortcut Shift+Escape to give the player
    focus (take focus away from certain widgets).
  • Added a Two Column Scroll template to the Text: HTML filter (convenient
    for film-style credits).

Fixes

  • Fixed Scale animation not linear in the Rotate & Scale filter.
  • Fixed audio crackles in first couple of seconds of export.
  • Fixed Ctrl+A selects all in Playlist as well as Timeline.
  • Fixed the size and position of the Text: HTML editor with Settings >
    External Monitor
    enabled.
  • Fixed drag-n-drop from Playlist to Timeline sometimes reorders the Playlist.
  • Fixed Color Grading and Contrast creates a weird color after deleting
    a keyframe.
  • Fixed updating x265-params in Export > Other after making changes in Codec.
  • Fixed opening another project in the same session breaks master track filters.
  • Fixed saving a preset with a slash in the name.
  • Fixed export fails if the system temporary directory is not writable.
  • Fixed removing some temporary files on exit.
  • Fixed the timeline Ripple All Tracks option was not saved with history
    (before the current setting used during undo and redo).
  • Fixed an image sequence in Export > From > Playlist may show “INVALID” on export.
  • Fixed changing Properties (for example, image duration) not updating the Playlist.
  • Fixed snapping to horizontal grid lines.
  • Fixed Timeline clip context menu > Properties broken in v19.09.
  • Fixed bad transitions created by trimming beyond media beginning or end.
  • Fixed audio does not follow default device changes on Windows.
  • Fixed changing the speed of the clip on the right side of a transition creates
    INVALID transition.
  • Fixed track filters were not restored when undoing a Remove Track.

Changes

  • Changed the minimum of the Gain/Volume filter to -70 dB.
  • Removed Settings > Deinterlacer > YADIF. (This was causing crashes, and
    this option only affects preview, not export.)
  • Changed the Timeline and Keyframes toolbars to respond to View >
    Small
    Icons.
  • Added a limit to undo History configurable to new configuration key
    undoLimit that defaults to 1000.
  • Upgraded Mesa software OpenGL in Windows build to version 19.2.7.
  • Upgraded SDL audio output library in Windows build to version 2.0.10.

BlackVue DR750S: High-End Dual Cam With Cloud

BlackVue DR750S: High-End Dual Cam With Cloud

https://dashboardcamerareviews.com/blackvue-dr750s-2ch/

BlackVue DR750S front and rear car camera

Technical Specifications

— Dual channel dash cam
— Max. resolution: front 1080p@60fps, rear 1080p@30fps
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— GPS
— Enhanced Night Vision
— Wi-Fi
— 23 sec bootup time
— Video format: MP4
— Supports up to 128 GB microSD cards (over 12h of video)
— 64GB card holds >6h of video
— Operating temperature: from -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
— Storage temperature: from -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
— High-temperature cutoff
— Time and date stamp on video
— Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor
— Buffered and time lapse parking modes, event notifications to phone
— Lock file button
— Player software for Windows / Mac
— Apps for Android / iOS
— Internal capacitor instead of battery
— Internal microphone and speaker
— Suction mount
— Voice menu
— Live-stream video over BlackVue’s cloud

Front Camera:
— Max. resolution: 1920x1080p @ 60fps
— Bit rate: 12 Mbps
— Size: 119mm x 36mm (diameter)
— Weight: 90g
— 2.1MP Sony STARVIS CMOS sensor
— Angle of view: 139° diagonal, 116° horizontal, 61° vertical
— LEDs: Recording, GPS, Wi-Fi, Security

Rear camera:
— Max. resolution: 1920x1080p @ 30fps
— Bit rate: 10 Mbps
— Size: 67mm x 25mm (diameter)
— Weight: 25g
— 2.1MP Sony STARVIS CMOS sensor
— Angle of view: 139° diagonal, 116° horizontal, 61° vertical
— Security LED

UPDATE: BlackVue have recently released their DR900S-2CH model, which records at 4K resolution forward, and at 1080p to the rear. The BlackVue DR900S has similar features as the DR750S. It records great video during the day. At night however, the DR750S footage is better.

BlackVue DR750S-2CH Review

In October of 2017, BlackVue released the newest model of their popular dual lens dash cam series. The DR750S-2CH features some impressive improvements over the previous model DR650S-2CH, which has been one of the best-selling high-end dashboard cameras of all time.

Like the DR650S, the DR750S series allows you to live-stream its video feed over the internet, using BlackVue’s cloud service (you’ll need a Wi-Fi hotspot in your car though).

(Don’t confuse the DR750S-2CH with the DR750LW-2CH, which is an entirely different model. The DR750LW is from 2014 and comes with an LCD touch screen, while the DR750S has just been released and doesn’t have a screen at all.)

If you don’t need a rear camera, there’s also a single lens version of this camera available, called DR750S-1CH.

Video quality of the DR750S is very good for the forward facing camera during the day, and good at night time. For the rear camera, video quality is good at day and fair at night.

What’s New

The most important upgrade compared to the DR650S is that the DR750S-2CH records 1080p both ways. The front camera can even record at 60 frames per second, while the rear camera records at 30fps max. Both the front and the rear camera are now fitted with a 2.1MP Sony Starvis sensor. Video quality is improved, especially for the rear camera. The upgrade from 720p to 1080p makes a major difference.

Note though that while rear video footage has markedly improved, the DR750S’ front video footage seems to be slightly softer, or blurrier, than the DR650S’.

Unlike its predecessor, the DR750S comes with a a proximity sensor that can function either as a mute button for the built-in microphone, or as a lock file button, making this the first BlackVue dash cam to support this feature. You can configure in the camera’s settings which function you want the proximity sensor to perform.

There’s also a physical button on the side. Depending on how long you press this button, it serves to either toggle Wi-Fi, reset the Wi-Fi credentials to factory default, or to format the microSD card. Speaking of Wi-Fi credentials, the default Wi-Fi password is now no longer the same for all the cameras of this model, greatly improving security as many users never bother to change their camera’s password.

With regards to the DR650S-2CH, this model’s video bit rates have been increased from 10 to 12 Mbps for the front camera, and from 5 to 10 Mbps for the rear camera.

The DR750S takes about 23 seconds to boot up, which is 10 seconds faster than the DR650S.

Heat tolerance has also improved, from 60°C (140°F)  to 70°C (148°F).

Similarities With Previous Models

The DR750S is equipped with GPS and Wi-Fi. If you have an internet connection in your car, you can watch your car cam’s video footage from anywhere in the world via BlackVue’s cloud service.

This camera will support MicroSD cards up to 128GB in size. For best durability, we recommend getting at least a 64GB card with any dual channel camera. Smaller cards will work, but will result in more writing cycles and thus the card will degrade faster.

A 64GB card will allow for over 6 hours of recording front and rear video, while a 128GB card will let you record for 12 hours before overwriting the oldest footage.

It’s relatively fast to download a 1 minute video clip via Wi-Fi (about 100MB), taking less than 30 seconds typically. Apps for viewing footage and adjusting the camera’s settings are available for Android and iOS smart phones. The apps are well designed and simple to use.

Of course, you can also take out the SD card and watch the footage on your computer. Viewing software is included for Mac and PC.

Like its predecessors, the DR750S supports buffered parking mode to protect your car while you are away. There’s also a time-lapse parking mode, or you can combine the two modes so the camera will record continuously at a low frame rate while parked, and switch to normal recording when an event is detected.

When combined with BlackVue’s Cloud feature, the DR750S can also send a notification to your phone whenever an event is detected while you are away from your car. Without cloud, the camera will speak a voice notification upon your return to the car so you know if, and how many, incidents have been recorded.

For parking mode to work, the dash cam needs to be hard-wired or connected to an external battery pack for power in order to avoid draining your car’s battery.

Alternative Rear Cameras

BlackVue DR750S-2CH IR: Infrared Rear Camera For Use As Taxi/Uber Dash Cam

Optional rear cam with infrared LEDs: Can record the passenger cabin day and night

If you’d like to record the interior of the passenger cabin instead of the road behind you, you’ll need an infrared (IR) camera so you can keep recording at night even when the passenger cabin is dark. This is a great option for Uber or rideshare drivers, vehicle fleet owners, or anyone who wishes to keep memories of fun moments on the road.

A light sensor above the camera lens determines whether ambient lighting is sufficient to record, or whether the camera should go to infrared mode. Two infrared LEDs are situated to the right and left-hand sides of the lens.

BlackVue’s infrared rear camera is called RC100F-IR and fits the DR750S and DR900S models. It is available separately, or in a package together with the front cam.

To compare prices and order the DR750S-2CH IR online, see: Amazon US / CA / FReBay US / UK / AU

BlackVue DR750S-2CH Truck: Waterproof Rear Camera To Mount On The Vehicle’s Exterior

BlackVue also have a camera for truckers in their portfolio, or for any vehicle that doesn’t have a rear window. We’ll be presenting the waterproof rear camera here shortly. If you’re curious, you can check out our review of the BlackVue DR650GW-2CH Truck for the time being, which is an older model with a similar system.

Upgrading from DR650S to DR750S

If you already have a DR650S installed and wish to upgrade to the DR750S, you don’t need to go through the hassle of re-doing all the wiring. All the cables are interchangeable between the two models, and the rear camera mount is identical as well. Only the front camera mount would need to be replaced.

BlackVue DR750S-1CH

You can also order a single channel version of the DR750S. It’s called DR750S-1CH, and the only difference to the -2CH is that it comes without the rear camera and coax cable.

Summary

Many features have been added or improved with regards to the predecessor, the most notable being the better rear video quality. BlackVue have also finally included a lock file button option, no doubt a welcome feature for many users.

Overall, the DR750S-2CH is an excellent high-end camera with great features, and one of our favorite dash cams of the year 2018.

BlackVue DR750S-2CH Video Samples

For full original video quality, make sure to watch on full screen and select maximum video resolution (use the cog icon in lower right corner). You may have to rewind the video after changing the resolution.

Day Time Front Video Sample

YouTube Video

Day time forward video quality is very good. License plates of nearby cars are easily readable.

Day Time Rear Video Sample

YouTube Video

Rear video at day time is good. It is hard to read license plates of overtaking cars though.

Night Time Front Video Sample

YouTube Video

Forward video at night is good considering this is a rather dark road. However the license plates of nearby cars are unreadable.

Night Time Rear Video Sample

YouTube Video

Night time rear video quality is fair. This clip looks attractive on a brightly lit road, however there is some glare from other cars headlights, and license plate readability is hit-and-miss depending on the angle you catch them.

Compare Prices & Buy Online Today

The BlackVue DR750S-2CH is available for sale from the following vendors:

Amazon US / CA / UK / DE / FR / ES / IT

eBay US / CA / UK / AU

AliExpress (global)

Walmart

This camera is one of our selection of the best dash cams of 2019/2020.