About this project
We believe a truly great creative tool cannot be designed in secret; it must be designed in open dialog with creators.
World's First Collaborative Video Editor
The past year we’ve built the foundations for a video editor that will allow you to do real-time collaborative editing with other artists, even if they're across the world. Artists are asking for this, and we're listening.
A Modern Professional Editor
In addition to being collaborative, we're building a thoroughly modern editor:
- Designed from the ground up for HDSLR cameras
- Can use local computers and cloud for storage and rendering
- Support for 64-bit, 32-bit, and ARM
Designed with Storytellers for Storytellers
We have a laser focus on helping those artists who right now are leveraging HDSLR cameras to tell wonderful stories, with amazing production quality, and are doing so on shoe string budgets.
So the past year we've been talking with these artists, learning as much as we can. This has been distilled in the Novacut editor UX design.
Our strong leadership and willingness to make opinionated decisions about what we're not going to do is extremely important, otherwise we'd end up with this:
A $300 Ticket to the Future
We're nearly done with hardest part of our collaborative editor (dealing with files). And that means we're close to having a tool that can do honest-to-god real-time collaborative video editing. By our count, this will be a world-first.
We'd like you to be one of the first 100 people in the world to experience collaborative editing. So if you've got $299.99 burning a hole in your pocket for some reason, you can help us deliver the future, plus make sure you're first in line to try it.
If we meet our funding goal, we're confident we can deliver ground breaking collaborative editing, although likely with just a few of our planned editing features implemented. But we're in this for the long haul, and should this project blow up in the press, that means we can charge full steam ahead for that much longer before needing to stop and scramble for money again.
It's about Trust
Storytellers must take big risks to follow their dreams, so the last thing they need is uncertainty from their creative tools. We think it's only fair that we continually earn your trust. Here are some promises we take very seriously:
- Your edits are priceless and we will maintain backward compatibility forever
- Our roadmaps will be published, our process transparent
- We'll ask you what you need, and we'll listen when you tell us
- Our editor will always be free and open source software
Oh, and you have no idea how obsessed we are with multicam... this feature will land very early in Novacut.
Please see this wiki page for our UX designs, code, and information on getting involved with the Novacut design and development efforts.
- Novacut brand identity design by IZO
- Blender animation by David Jordan
- Narration by James Raymond
- Cloud timelapse by Nathan DeRose
- Sintel character model by Blender Foundation
- Extreme Swiss Army Knife by _tnz
Don't just take our word for it!
Christie Strong, editor and filmmaker:
Novacut is not just a video editor, it's a revolution. An open source, collaborative, cloud-enabled platform that is created by artists for artists. The ambitiousness of the project, the passion of it's team and their commitment to the filmmaking community inspires me. They are thinking about the entire pre- to post-production pipeline and designing tools that empower storytellers and support the creative process from the ground up. If this is the future of filmmaking, sign me up!
Hanna Sköld, writer and filmmaker:
As a filmmaker and artist I'm always searching for ways to meet and collaborate with as many people as possible, because I believe that sharing stories and creating together will make the world a better place. Novacut is something brand new, and will open up the possibilities to work collaboratively with people from all over the world, using an easy workflow. I'm looking very much forward to this! Please support them, and let's meet later on at Novacut!
Ian 'IZO' Cylkowski, designer of Novacut brand identity:
As a brand identity designer who uses open-source software to aid in my design developments, I offered my design skills to any open-source project that required a full and comprehensive identity design. A commenter on my blog kindly alerted me to the Novacut project, a young team looking to develop a design-focused FOSS, distributed-model pro video editor and direct-to-fan venue. I was immediately intrigued that the Novacut project are very keen on developing very design-focused software as, in my experience, good design doesn't often feature in open-source projects. Not only that, but soon after my initial talks with the Novacut team, it became very clear that they were all extremely ambitious and were very much looking at nothing less than permanently changing the way people produce, distribute, fund and consume movies and TV. Knowing that these guys were fully committed to their vision, it was a no-brainer to contribute my design skills to the project pro bono. I wish them the best of luck.
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