Blender Velvets updated for Blender 2.77



The Blender Velvets are ready for the recent Blender 2.77 release! An important note is that there are some internal changes in the new Blender update, so the Velvets for Blender 2.76 are not compatible with 2.77 – just download the new versions and reinstall the ones you use.


New features in VSE

Blender 2.77 has introduced two interesting features this time: the first is that new projects change their FPS according to the first video you insert on your timeline. Cool stuff. =)

The second and most important one is that you can add whole nested scenes to your timeline using Shift+A and chosing “Scene” – remember that with Velvet Goldmine, you can navigate through your Scenes using Shift+Tab.This is probably a very expected addition so many kudos to the Blender team, that has been improving the VSE steadly these last years!

The bad news. Thing is if you try to use Velvet Revolver to toggle between full res and proxies, you’ll realise it won’t affect the nested scene, even though the code has been recently reviewed to affect metastrips (thanks Nathan for pointing that out!).

This issue will probably addressed by the Velvets in the near future but until then, in case you want to use the new “Import Scene” function with Velvet Revolver, you’ll have to run the shortcuts in all the scenes you’re using: Shift+Tab to navigate to them, then Ctrl+Alt+P/Ctrl+Shift+P to toggle between proxies/fullres in each scene.

Also, there is a small change in one of the Velvet Shortcuts. The function “Set Timeline start to frame one” has now a new shortcut, since Alt+S is now taken for “Swap Inputs”, so use Alt+1 instead.


Blender bugfix?

Blender 2.77 also brings a bugfix of an error that ocurred especially when using Ctrl+UpArrow and Ctrl+DownArrow with the strips in the timeline. Unfortunately, the new behaviour is not as it used to be in Blender 2.73 (long ago!). If you Ctrl+DownArrow your strips until they get over the ones on the channel right below them, they’ll be thrown to the end of that strip, messing up completely your edit. A new bug report has to be added or the Velvet code will have to be rewritten – until then, watch out.


Community rises

The community around the Blender Velvets is starting to sprout. Thanks Nathan, Magali and mentat-fr for help with the code, documentation and thrown out ideas. Things have been rushy, but hopefully all email answering and code reviewing will be done soon.


Some video


This is a somewhat strange video as teaser for the Cryptorave 2016. The Cryptorave is a huge crypto party conference in São Paulo and since Brazil is now all about politics (and the rise of NeoFascism), the audio is loud and messed up with the bombs (just in case no one has ever blown teargas in your face). Just don’t take it too seriously and things will be fine.


  1. Ainoa Manuia says:

    Thanks for 2.77 support, just started to use 2.76 velvets. Also, the undo Ctrl + Z doesn’t work with 2.76 + (Velvet Goldmine, Velvet Revolver, Velvet Shortcuts installed). Although 2.77 + (just Velvet Shortcuts) installed works fine.

  2. lorraine says:

    Attempting to add Velvets Add-ons to Blender 2.77
    Open User Prefs > Click “Install from file” down the bottom > Select .py Velvet file > Click “Install from file” top rhs as per your “How to Install Addons” tutorial – all good.
    But when file shows up there is no little box next to it to click to ok installing it.
    As per Image 4 of your Velvet add-ons tutorial on this page
    Using Windows10 Blender 2.77

  3. lorraine says:

    Ok. Some hours later : ) after a break

    Revisited this and answer is that on my system the little box to be ticked to activate the Velvet add-ons is way over the opposite end on the left hand side, next to the little triangle that opens the add-on data.

    On revisit I noticed the part that says
    “These images may differ slightly from what you see depending on what version you have . . . ”
    So that meant that things might be ok but a bit different so felt confident to do a second deeper probe to get on top of this.

    So, the answer is:
    There’s a small grey box there that you can click on to activate the add-on on the lhs next to the little triangle
    Looks like this:

    > SMALL GREY BOX : : velver_revolver : :

    Once that was done, the box that wasn’t there before to setup a link to the FFMPG program’s ffmpg.exe file was now there. All sweet after that

    Using Windows 10 and Blender 2.77

    The warning Bang Bang asterisk thing?
    Just the Blender developer/maintenance crew messing with us : )

    Can I just congratulate you all working on this for my first ever easy-to-understand and not leaving me in a desert-of-bewilderment intro to an open source program.

    It’s been a while since I did this, and that total turn-off is completely absent due to the efficient and effective results you have come up with in this process.

    Professional, user-friendly, clear and effective.
    Thanks so much.
    I have donated and will again.


    • szaszak says:

      Hi, Lorraine, thanks for your replies and compliments, and sorry for the late answer (it’s been quite rushy on this side!). Good to know all is well! Cheers!

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