Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 11th Jan 2010 08:10 UTC
Multimedia, AV I followed the hype: Reddit, Slashdot's front page, months of thumbs up on my blog and various video forums by Linux users for OpenShot. Given that I'm longing for a usable Linux video editor since 2003, and given that OpenShot version 1.0 had just been released, I naturally gave it a go, by also downloading its provided dependencies on my Ubuntu Linux 9.10.
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A common problem
by wargum on Mon 11th Jan 2010 09:08 UTC
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First, let me say thank you for your review.

It is really painful to honestly describe the state of multimedia procuction applications on Linux (and thus pretty much all Unices) today. I mean, after all those years...

Not that it should suprise anyone: This is difficult, demanding and time consuming work. OSS can't really compete even with most entry level video editing programs because the experts are working full time at a company and get paid. And if the boss says the dirty work has to be done (like hunting all those bugs), then employee has to.

The ugly thing is the people who always say that there is no problem on Linux with availability of good multimedia production apps. As soon as you say 'music', somebody will come along and say Ardour or Rosegarden. In 3D it's Blender, in image editing it's GIMP, in DTP it's Scribus, in DVD authoring it's $POSTER_CHILD_APP_X, etc...

But when you look a bit closer or actually try to do something with these apps, you often very soon encounter problems. May it be UI, lack of features, lack of stability, poor performance or incompatibilities. This is my experience and the review plays into my view. Although not everything is as bad as OpenShot.

Edited 2010-01-11 09:13 UTC

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