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12 September 2012, 16:36

Version 2.6.0 of Avidemux video editor released

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Zoom Avidemux 2.6 on Linux
With the recent release of version 2.6.0, the cross-platform Avidemux video editor has had all of its internals rewritten and now supports more scripting languages. Avidemux is a basic, open source video editing tool designed for simple tasks such as cutting, filtering and encoding; these tasks can be automated using project and job queues, or with Avidemux's built-in scripting capabilities. Supported formats include AVI, DVD-compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, as well as a variety of codecs.

Its developers say that the major rewrite of the internals in Avidemux 2.6.0 means that the software "will work better in most cases, but works worse in some". Because of this, the developers note that "it is probably a good idea" for users keep the latest 2.5.x release installed in parallel to the new version.

Newly supported scripting languages, which can be used to automate certain tasks, include SpiderMonkey, the TinyPy minimalist implementation of Python, and the QtScript scripting engine built into Qt. Other notable changes include the addition of support for multiple audio tracks, and variable frame rates to keep audio and video in sync. Support for hardware-accelerated decoding and encoding using NVIDIA graphics cards via the VDPAU API has also been added.

Avidemux 2.6.0 is available to download for Windows and as source for self compilation for Linux and Mac OS X. Documentation, including a quickstart guide and tutorials, are provided on the project's wiki. Avidemux is licensed under the GPLv2.


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