Pitivi 2020.09 is the first major release of this free non-linear video editor since 2018. But based on the change-log (recapped below) it’s been well worth the wait.
And yes, that is Pitivi 2020.09 and not Pitivi 1.0. The team has switched to a a date-based versioning scheme starting with this release (why? We’ll get to that).
Anyone who’s kept tabs on Linux-related Google Summer of Code efforts over the past few years will find some of what’s highlighted below familiar. The project has attracted a diverse contributor base and they’ve been diligently working on adding some great new capabilities.
For instance there’s now a plugin system. This is designed to ‘extend Pitivi functionality’ in the medium-term, and is currently targeted at ‘teams of editors’ rather than effect makers. There’s also a developer console plugin for interacting with the app through Python too.
A new greeter replaces the old welcome wizard and provides a much more immersive overview of current/existing projects.
The app now uses scaled proxy clips if optimized media is too much for your machine to handle; the editing state is restored when reopening a project; and (personal favourite) y
Using video effects is easier in this release. The effects library has been redesigned; you can favorite effects for quick access; and the clip effects UI has been reworked to make working on multiple effects at the same time possible.
Pitivi 2020.09 features/changes also include:
- Easy Ken-Burns effect
- Viewer size snaps at 50% when resized
- Timeline markers
- Support for nested timelines
- Refactored Media Library
- Streamlined Render Dialog UI
- Composition guidelines in the Viewer
- Support for solid color clips
- Ability to mute or hide an entire layer
- New keyboard shortcuts for pros
Keen to kick the tyres on all of that? You can install Pitivi 2020.09 on Linux as a Flatpak app, available on Flathub:
If you’re not a fan of Flatpak then do check out your distro’s archives. It likely has an older (but still usable) version of the app. Hopefully a Snap, PPA, or AppImage appears in time. With such a great set of improvements on offer it’d be great for more people to enjoy them.