In fact, Blender is a 3D construction and animation program in its soul, but its applications now extend deep into video editing. Not only does the free open source program for Windows/Mac and Linux include a full video editing tool (sequencer) and a compositing application (compositor). Blender is also used to integrate 3D objects into real shots, e.g. with the excellent, integrated 3D tracker.
The now completed version 2.83 is special in that the Blender Foundation promises for the first time a Long Term Support (LTS). This is to ensure that even long-lasting projects can be carried out with a stable Blender version, while the latter gets critical bug fixes over a period of 2 years. Unlike new versions, this LTS version will not contain any new features, API changes or improvements. Only all critical fixes that will be applied to the upcoming 2.9 releases will be (re)ported to Blender 2.83 LTS on a regular basis.
To list all the new features is beyond the scope of this news, but you can find a very attractive overview under the news link. Remarkable for video editing are the new features in the sequencer: There is a new disk cache, an opacity and audio preview on the timeline strips (which now have smaller handles), a color sampler and an editing tool, as well as a panel to change the last operation. Also quite powerful are the 2D animation tools and the corresponding Grease Pencil:
In addition, the latest AI denoising technology has now been added to the range. There are now also numerous functions for the creation of VR content. A visual overview of the big news is shown in the following clip:
If you have some talent and free time, we think you should definitely take a look at Blender, which is now also used by many professionals, which is why it is no longer smiled at mildly, but is becoming more and more popular in many areas.