In recent weeks, my partner Diego has written some articles, such as this y this, in which he talked about video editors. In them he mentioned things about KDE, one that seems to have had better times, but that tries to make up lost ground. The December 2020 KDE applications have been available for a few weeks, but it was not until yesterday that the project made the release of Kdenlive 20.12, and comes with very interesting news.
Already next to the KDE Applications 20.12 release note We could see that Kdenlive 20.12 introduced 370 changes, but in such an extensive list and with not very pleasant language it is difficult to find the highlights. It's easier on an official note, like the one published yesterday December 21 and where they even add moving images. Personally, I think the most interesting is the Eco Pillar effect, which adds a blurred background based on the source clip to make a vertical video look good in landscape, as you can see in the header capture (on the right).
Kdenlive 20.12 Highlights
- Same transitions to different tracks. With this effect, we can save time by adding the same transition to two or more tracks.
- Subtitle tool.
- The effects have been organized in a category with a clear structure and easier to understand, which improves the experience.
- Related to effects, its reliability and stability have been improved.
- Pillar Eco effect (Pillar Echo), which is what you see in the header capture and, as we have explained, it serves to fill in a horizontal video the black background that remains when we add a vertical video. The fill is part of the enlarged and blurred video.
- The fill crop effect can now be created on keyframes.
- New VR 360 and 3D effects for stereoscopic 360º or 3D images.
- New video equalizer to adjust the brightness, contrast and saturation of the image.
- The timeline has received a usability improvement.
- Performance has been improved.
- Ability to enable / disable normalization of audio thumbnails from the track header.
- Now multiple tracks can be deleted at the same time.
Now available in different formats
Kdenlive 20.12 is available on Flathub from the same day of the launch of KDE Applications 20.12, but we cannot say the same for the Snap version that is still stuck in the April 2020 version (ay, Canonical…). On the other hand, you can download your AppImage from this link or add a repository for distributions that use APT, for which we must write the following:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kdenlive/kdenlive-stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt install kdenlive
If you prefer the versions of the repositories of your Linux distribution, you will still have to wait a little longer.