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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by WattsM on Mon 6th Oct 2003 18:26 UTC

I'm going to guess you're not actually trolling, although I could be wrong. Final Cut Pro is not a "consumer NLE" except in being cheaper than its traditional competitors; that's why Final Cut Express was released. With the addition of Cinema Tools in particular, FCP is competitive with Avid--and that's not in my judgement, but the judgement of (at least some) professional film editors. It's been used for a fair number of independent feature film releases, and is being used for the forthcoming major studio release (and assumed Oscar contender), "Cold Mountain."

Linux is, as already noted, pretty competitive in this space on the high end--but it's competitive by having some of the big name commercial packages available for it. If I were developing free-software video editing tools, I'd really choose iMovie as a target, simply because it's better to get the UI friendly and "right" with an engine of limited capability, then work on improving the engine, than to spend many years making a theoretically blow-your-socks-off engine with an interface that only an MIT researcher could love on the assumption you'll get around to fixing the interface when the engine hits some arbitrary stage of perfection. You won't.