Jan 30, 2014

Professional Video Editor `Lightworks` 11.5 Goes Stable For Linux

After being in beta for almost a year, Lightworks, a professional video editing and mastering software, has reached version 11.5 stable, this being the first Lightworks release for Linux. The new version is of course also available for Windows.






According to Wikipedia, "Lightworks was an early developer of computer-based non-linear editing systems, and has been in development since 1989". The application was used in some renowned Oscar and Emmy Award award-winning films, including The King's Speech, Martin Scorsese's Hugo and The Departed, Mission Impossible, Pulp Fiction, Braveheart and Batman.




Lightworks is available as free to use or with a a pro license that costs $7.99 | 5.99€ | £4.99 a month or $79.99 | 59.99€ | £49.99 a year or a one time fee of $279.99 | 214.99€ | 179.99.



The difference between the free and paid (pro) version is that the free version is limited to web formats such as MPEG4/H.264 at up to 720p while the pro version has a much wider range of output options, includes project sharing, 3D stereoscopic output, user-definable project locations, rendering and Hardware I/O support.



It's also worth mentioning that Lwks announced a while back that Lightworks will become open source. That was four years ago and I'm not entirely sure what's the current status of that, but hopefully Lightworks will go GPL at some point.












Lightworks Ubuntu
Lightworks 11.5 running under Ubuntu 14.04




The new Lightworks 11.5, released today, includes new features such as:


  • import, Render and Export as background tasks;

  • added support for Retina displays;

  • YouTube export option including direct upload;

  • AC3 audio decode support removing the need for third party decoders;

  • fully customizable user interface;

  • smarter menus with fast access Export and FX favourites;

  • powerful new Multicam improvements;

  • playback controls added to source and edit viewers;

  • much more!




A full list of changes in the latest Lightworks 11.5 can be found HERE (PDF).



Even though this is considered a stable release, there are some known issues and limitations for both Windows and Linux. For instance, on Linux there is no Firewire support, no Quicktime/MPEG4 export option, now .wmv support, only ATI and Nvidia cards are supported, audio may not be present on some uncompressed avi files and there are only 64bit deb and rpm files available for download, among others. For a complete list and more info, check out the Lightworks 11.5 changelog PDF.



Lightworks comes with the following recommended specifications on Linux:


  • Debian Distros: Ubuntu/Lubuntu/Xubuntu 13.10, Mint 15, 16;

  • RPM Distros: Fedora 18, 19;

  • Chipset: Intel i7 chipset or faster, fast AMD chipset;

  • Memory: 3GB RAM or higher;

  • Screen: Two high-resolution displays (1920 x1080) or above;

  • Graphics card: PCI Express graphics card (NVIDIA or ATI) with 1GB or higher and support for OpenGL;

  • Storage: Separate media and system drives (these can be internal or external as long as the the interface is suitably fast: eSATA Firewire 800);

  • Sound: Compatible sound card and an audio monitoring system;

  • Optional: Lightworks Console;

  • Optional Lightworks keyboard;

  • System drive: 200MB Disk space for Lightworks installation;

  • Internet: Internet connection for activating Lightworks (first time only).






Download Lightworks 11.5 for Linux or Windows




Note that to be able to download Lightworks 11.5 for Linux, you need to register and agree to the Terms and Conditions:



Download Lightworks (available for Linux - deb and rpm 64bit only, and Windows)



If you're new to Lightworks, I suggest you take a look at the official tutorials.



Thanks to Imri for the tip!







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How To Fix A Non-Bootable Ubuntu System Due To Broken Updates Using A LiveCD And Chroot

If your Ubuntu system doesn't boot because of some broken updates and the bug was fixed in the repositories, you can use an Ubuntu Live CD and chroot to update the system and fix it.




If the bug that caused your system not to boot is happening because of some package in the Proposed repositories, the steps below are useful, but you'll also have to know how to downgrade the packages from the proposed repository - for how to do that, see: How To Downgrade Proposed Repository Packages In Ubuntu

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1. Create a bootable Ubuntu CD/DVD or USB stick, boot from it and select "Try Ubuntu without installing". Once you get to the Ubuntu desktop, open a terminal.



2. You need to find out your root partition on your Ubuntu installation. On a standard Ubuntu installation, the root partition is "/dev/sda1", but it may be different for you. To figure out what's the root partition, run the following command:


sudo fdisk -l

This will display a list of hard disks and partitions from which you'll have to figure out which one is the root partition.



To make sure a certain partition is the root partition, you can mount it (first command under step 3), browse it using a file manager and make sure it contains folders that you'd normally find in a root partition, such as "sys", "proc", "run" and "dev".





3. Now let's mount the root partition along with the /sys, /proc, /run and /dev partitions and enter chroot:


sudo mount ROOT-PARTITION /mnt
for i in /sys /proc /run /dev; do sudo mount --bind "$i" "/mnt$i"; done
sudo cp /etc/resolv.conf /mnt/etc/
sudo chroot /mnt




Notes:


  • ROOT-PARTITION is the root partition, for example /dev/sda1 in my case - see step 2;

  • the command that copies resolv.conf gets the network working, at least for me (using DHCP); if you get an error about resolv.conf being identical when copying it, just ignore it.




Now you can update the system - in the same terminal, type:


sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade







Since you've chrooted into your Ubuntu installation, the changes you make affect it and not the Live CD, obviously.





Refrences: 1, 2, 3







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Cross-Platform Android Emulator `Genymotion` 2.1.0 Brings Android 4.4 Support

Genymotion 2.1.0 has been released, the new version bringing some new features as well as support for the latest Android 4.4 KitKat.



For those not familiar with Genymotion, this is a fast, cross-platform Android emulator that comes with pre-configured Android (x86 with OpenGL hardware acceleration) images which support multi-touch gestures, Ethernet, emulation widgets for GPS, battery, camera and more.







Genymotion is available as free to use but without some features, or with a license (Indie or Business) which enables extra features.



Genymotion 2.1.0 brings new features for both the free and commercial versions:


  • new commercial features:



    • edit Android ID and Device ID (IMEI/MEID number) values from Genymotion;

    • a new "pixel perfect" mode was added - in this mode, each pixel of the device will be displayed using only one pixel of your monitor;

    • factory reset;

    • clone virtual devices;



  • new features for all users:



    • Genymotion now supports copy/paste from the host to the virtual device, or from the virtual device to the host using Android built-in copy/paste feature;

    • virtual device CPU number and memory size can now be modified from the device settings;



  • bug fixes:



    • you can now resume virtual devices download;

    • when downloading a virtual device, Genymotion could crash if a timeout occurred. This issue is now fixed;

    • the window size of the virtual device is now correctly resized to fit the host screen when rotating;

    • when uninstalling Genymotion on Linux, the directory specified on installation was deleted, sometimes deleting non-Genymotion files. Genymotion now uses its own directory to fix the problem.









Also, all users (both paid and free) can now use the latest Android 4.4 KitKat with the following virtual devices: Galaxy Note 3, Moto X, Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10.



As a reminder, ARM library support and Google Apps were removed from Genymotion due to licensing issues. I have added instructions on adding these back in our initial Genymotion article, which also includes Linux installation instructions.





Download Genymotion




If you're upgrading from Genymotion 2.0.0, you must delete the old virtual devices and create new ones to be able to take advantage of the newly added features and bug fixes. Old virtual devices will continue to work, but without these new features / fixes.



Download Genymotion for Linux, Windows or Mac (you need to sign up for a free account to be able to download it)



For how to install Genymotion in Linux and get Google Apps and ARM library support, see: Genymotion: Fast, Easy To Use Android (x86) Emulator With OpenGL Hardware Acceleration Support.






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LibreOffice 4.2 Released With New Monochrome Icon Theme, GNOME 3 Application Menu Integration And More

The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 4.2 today, which "features a large number of performance and interoperability improvements targeted to users of all kinds, but particularly appealing for power and enterprise users".






The new version brings better interoperability with Microsoft OOXML, a new monochrome icon set (not enabled by default), GNOME 3 Application Menu integration and more.




Here's a list of the most important changes in the latest LibreOffice 4.2:


  • round-trip interoperability with Microsoft OOXML, particularly for DOCX, as well as legacy RTF, has improved considerably;

  • a new import filter for Abiword documents has been added;

  • improvements to other import/export filters;

  • a new engine for Calc - massive parallel calculations of formula cells using GPU via OpenCL are now possible thanks to the new formular interpreter;

  • better integration with Windows 7 and 8, with thumbnails of open documents now grouped by application and a list of recent documents, both showing on the task bar, along with other Windows-specific improvements;

  • power and enterprise users on all platforms will like the new Expert Configuration window, which has been added to the Options tab;

  • new start screen with a cleaner layout that makes better use of the available space - even on netbooks - and shows a preview of the last ODF documents;

  • Writer: A New default template;

  • GNOME3 Application Menu integration;

  • support MATE and XFCE Desktops (native Open/Save dialogs);

  • a new set of icons has been included in LibreOffice 4.2. This icon set, named Sifr, was designed to reach the goal of having beautiful non-distracting icons to help the user concentrate on the document;













libreoffice 4.2 GNOME Shell application menu
GNOME 3 Application Menu integration










libreoffice 4.2 sifr icon theme
LibreOffice Sifr icon theme (not enabled by default)










libreoffice 4.2 start screen
New LibreOffice start screen



Of course, there are many other changes - for a complete list, see the official release announcement.





LibreOffice 4.2 in Ubuntu




Ubuntu 14.04: LibreOffice 4.2 is already available in the official Trusty repositories.



Ubuntu 13.10: LibreOffice 4.2 RC2 is available in the LibreOffice Prereleases PPA, which is not recommended for daily usage so I recommend you wait until the official stable PPA is updated or manually download and install LibreOffice.


Other Ubuntu versions: for now, LibreOffice 4.2 can only be installed by downloading it from its website.



For those who are using Ubuntu 14.04 or have installed LibreOffice 4.2 from a PPA, if you want to use the new Sift icon theme, you must firstly install it:


sudo apt-get install libreoffice-style-sifr

And then to activate it, from the LibreOffice menu select Tools > Options > LibreOffic > View and select "Sift" under "Icon size and style":








Download LibreOffice 4.2







(available for Windows, Mac OS X or Linux (dep and rpm) as well as source files)







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