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Jahshaka Open Source Editing & VFX Software Aims to Revolutionize Film Post

The Jahshaka announces the release of the Jahshaka 2.0 RC3, the world’s first complete, open source, real-time editing and visual effects application. Distributed under the GNU General Public License, Jahshaka is a tool that aims to revolutionize digital content creation through the power of open source. The software and its source code are available for public download at


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 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.

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.