It’s been three months since Ardour 3.0 came into existence bringing huge new possibilities, greatly expanding the functionality and providing more tools for the users to enjoy, and here we are already facing version 3.2 that among the many new features it brings, it finally provides video functionality!
This is something that developer Robin Gareus has been working on for years now, and this time it is ready to hit the latest version change log and fill the world of open source multimedia editing with smiles and happiness :)
The integration of a video timeline and video monitoring into Ardour allows for convenient audio mixing and editing to video (i.e. soundtracks, music videos, TV post production etc.)
The new functionality allows users to:
- Import a single video and optionally extract the soundtrack from it.
- Provide a Video-monitor window, or full-screen display, of the imported video in sync with any of the available ardour timecode sources.
- Display a frame-by-frame (thumbnail) timeline of the video.
- Time-offset the video.
- Lock audio-regions to the video: Move audio-regions with the video at video-frame granularity.
- Export the video, cut start/end, add blank frames and/or mux it with the soundtrack of the current-session.
Furthermore, the setup is modular and can be configured in different ways, including:
- One machine: all video decoding, video monitoring and Ardour audio
- Two machines: separate video-monitor and Ardour
- Three machines: separate video-server (for timeline decoding and file-archive), dedicated video-monitor and Ardour
Video support in Ardour does not:
- allow for more than one video to be loaded at a time.
- provide video editing capabilities
Other New Features and UI Changes
- chain together LV2 plugins that accept and output MIDI data
- OSC access to send gain parameters (via /ardour/route/send/gainabs rid sid gain and /ardour/route/send/gaindb rid sid gaindB)
- window management (layering and related issues) overhauled to work better on both platforms and with more window managers
- horizontal scrolling of the timeline is now done with shift-wheel and track height adjustment is done using alt-wheel (matches OS X conventions)
- German and French translations improved
- Allow a pre-existing selection to override region grouping if the clicked-on region is part of that selection
Plugin editing tweaked:
- Always show plugin’s own UI (if available) on double-click
- Alt+double-click -> show ‘generic controls’ (GUI built by Ardour)
- Context-menu offers both choices.
- Use Tooltip for to make it discoverable.
Ardour development is seriously ascending with the team releasing often and working on all aspects of this greatly useful application. The payment tactics followed, remain the same that were established since 3.0 and I will again have to say that open source doesn’t always mean free and people (and their families) that work full-time on open source projects also need to live in the real world :)