And so it has come to this.
A few days ago, we stealthily published the tarball of the first Pitivi video editor release based on the GES engine. Incredible but true! 0.91 is finally out! In case you were living under a rock for the past two years, this release is the result of a major rework of the entire Pitivi architecture, and as such it is considered an “alpha” release. From a very (VERY) high level, it includes:
- Replacing the core of Pitivi by GES; 20 thousand lines of code removed
- Porting to GStreamer 1.x
- Porting to GTK+ 3.x
- Replacing GooCanvas by Clutter for the timeline
- An automated UI test suite, with many checks for mission-critical parts
- Fixing hundreds of bugs
- Implementing many new features
- UI polish all over the place
- Refactoring pretty much the entire codebase
Since 0.15.2, over 1300 changes have been committed in Pitivi alone. That’s not even counting the incredible amount of work we’ve done in GES and GStreamer. See the details in the 0.91 release notes.
I would like to extend my deepest thanks to all the people who, through their contributions and the trust they have put in us over the past two years, have helped us achieve this milestone. The adventure continues however: we need your involvement more than ever to continue on the path we have set! If you’ve been shy about getting involved because of the huge amount of architectural changes we were going through, now is the perfect time to start contributing on fresh grounds.
Oh, and one more thing: “PiTiVi” is now known as “Pitivi”. Our website, documentation and infrastructure have been updated to reflect this small branding adjustment (the only part I didn’t update yet is the logo image). Moreover, in order to support open standards, free ourselves from YouTube (or any third party, really) and to make it easier to transition to a responsive design (more on that later), we now use HTML5 videos in open formats all across the website. Woohoo!