Linked by Roberto J. Dohnert on Mon 6th Oct 2003 01:36 UTC
Multimedia, AV In the past in order to make good home movies one needed either a Mac or a Windows PC. There were no good video editors for Linux in the past. Today with Jahshaka and Main Actor the things that could only be done on a Mac or a Wintel machine can now be done on a Lintel machine as well.
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About commercial packages
by Olivier on Mon 6th Oct 2003 11:01 UTC

It seems to me that it's more the high end packages that actually get ported to Linux. What's really missing is packages targeting the newbie of video editing.

What basic commercial packages try to do is hold your hand, to get quick results and begin to understand what the production process is like.

The best so far is Kino, able to capture DV, edit it and encode it. It is pretty stable and ready packaged for Mandrake and other distros.

Main actor5 seems to be willing to improve on that but the linux version is still not very stable in my experience but is getting there.

Cinelerra is said to be the best but capture is unstable for me and the use of Quicktime for linux as a default format has made it impossible so far to use the files obtained by DV grab and Kino so I can't comment on that.

So called desktop distro should help the kino and cinelerra projects integrate better and reach stability if they seriously want to compete with Windows and MacOS.