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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RE[2]: A common problem
by DerGenosse on Tue 12th Jan 2010 07:52 UTC in reply to "RE: A common problem"
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The big studios predominantly use Linux and OSS programs in post production imaging.

Yes, many studios do. ILM runs almost exclusively on Linux. So what?
For example, the open source nature of Cinepaint is the main reason why the major film studios and major animation houses use it, and not Photoshop. Not only is the development a lot faster (having 32-bit color depth years before Photoshop), but they can (and do) accelerate the app's development if they need a feature.

No! Just, no. If something is open source or not is not important. It's important if it gets the job done. CinePaint obviously does, because it was developed with the VFX industry in mind by someone associated with that industry. But the job was done by someone first. Then the studios decided to use it, and, in some cases, contribute to it. But it didn't originate at a studio.

Your whole post is full of "moving the goalposts." Yes, the majority of the VFX industry has capitalized on Linux. Nearly every VFX software is available for Linux. But that is totally unrelated to the sorry state of consumer-grade multimedia software. Do I as a user care that ILM runs Linux? No, but I do care if the video editors available to me suck.

Edited 2010-01-12 08:02 UTC

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