The Blender Velvets are finally ready for Blender 2.80!
It’s been nearly two years since Blender Foundation started preparing a whole new Blender version, which was officially launched a couple of months ago. For those who use the Video Sequence Editor, the best news is that… well, it’s still there! Some of the Blender sections such as the Game Engine haven’t made it but the VSE remains active and, as usual, came along with some specific improvements here and there.
It seems people are actually using the VSE because it’s starting to look like a video editor right away, without having to make major tweaks to the interface. The Timeline menu now shows the basic buttons for video playback and the new visuals look quite cool, feeling a lot cleaner than before. Also, some shortcuts and functions are also now officially in the program (press the Spacebar to play the video!) so Velvet Goldmine had a brush up.
Oddly, there is not a VSE dedicated tab in the main menu, meaning people who are not familiar with Blender’s interface and how to add/remove panels will struggle to find their way to the editor – even more than before. This means we’ll have to update the whole documentation on how to ‘create’ a workspace for editor and how to configure the program. Focus at the moment was to update all the addons and the website itself – not the website content though. But the documentation at the Blender Velvets’ GitHub is pretty much up-to-date so please refer to that page in the meantime.
The Blender Velvets are ready for Blender 2.79!
Blender 2.79 was released with few new improvements related to the Video Sequence Editor. Actually, two: (1) it’s now easier to choose between formats to export your video at the Render screen and (2) there are tabs in the panels around the VSE. That’s it.
Regarding the Velvets, here are release notes:
Shortcut for Velvet Revolver function “Proxy_Editing_ToProxy”, responsible for changing full-res videos paths to proxies paths has changed from Crtl+Alt+P to Ctrl+Shift+Alt+P.
Are you feeling brave? Velvet Revolution is being cooked in the oven and is probably almost ready. Revolution allows you to back up your projects in smaller size than if you kept all videos and audios in your computer. The addon recognizes the cuts in your timeline, then fetches only those videos, audios and images to back up, ignoring the rest. This back up will consist of your cuts, not of your original videos, reducing the backup size. You can choose a margin between the cuts (default is 2 seconds) in case you may need to do a new future render with minor differences.
This new addon is inspired by a function Final Cut has (or has had) and which name I still have to find out. Velvet Revolver at this stage is to be considered EXPERIMENTAL, so double check your cuts after using it and before discarding any of the original data. Feedback is appreciated.
How to download it? At the moment, I’m still running some tests, so you can get it directly from its the Velvet Revolution branch at the Blender Velvets GitHub. It should work fine for video, audio and image strips, but tests must be made for metastrips and effect strips. Documentation will follow up whenever time allows for it.