from a Jahshaka press release
The Jahshaka Project today announces the release of the Jahshaka 2.0 RC3, the worlds first complete, open source, real-time editing and visual effects application. Distributed under the GNU General Public License, Jahshaka is a groundbreaking tool that promises to revolutionize digital content creation through the power of open source. The software and its source code are available for public download at www.Jahshaka.org
Designed for editors and other professionals involved in digital content creation, Jahshaka is a post production suite that will ultimately include modules for video and audio editing, compositing, animation, visual effects, graphics and paint. Hardware accelerated using OpenGL and built using cross-platform technology, the software runs equally well on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. Under development since January 2000, the project has had more than 500,000 downloads to date.
The Jahshaka 2.0 release also includes JahPlayer, a cross-platform media player that eliminates the need to install multiple media player software. The tool supports 2K and 4K playback of everything from media files to raw image sequences. It is different from most media players on the market in that it is able to maintain the aspect ratio of the source and it uses a completely hardware accelerated pipeline. Future versions will include real-time color correction, real-time 3D scene files and A/B playback.
What makes Jahshaka radically different from other video production software is that it is being developed as an open source project. The software is freely available and a community of users is contributing to its development and the creation of new features and plugins.
"We believe that Jahshaka will fundamentally change the way digital content is created buy putting powerful, professional quality tools into the hands of anyone who wants them," said Karsten Becker, founder of the Jahshaka Project. "This product significantly lowers the barrier to entry in video production by eliminating costly software licensing fees and it taps into the creativity and talent of the community of users by making them active participants in its ongoing development. Out motto is participation equals ownership."
As an open source project, Jahshaka will integrate seamlessly with other software tools. It also has the potential to develop faster and attain greater functionality and flexibility than current tools developed as closed source products.
"We want to stimulate interest in Jahshaka and grow the community of both users and developers in order to attract feedback from industry professionals and spur further product development," said Goncalo De Carvalho, lead developer of the Jahshaka Project. "Jahshaka 2.0 is just a sample of whats to come. As we move forward with the v3 codebase, and the product continues to mature, you will start to see a lot of high end functionality being rolled out."
"We have a strong community supporting the project and without them we would not be around today. They contribute everything from beta testing, support documents and tutorials to code fixes, new features and the motivation we need to keep doing what we are doing!"