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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@ WattsM
by Anonymous on Mon 6th Oct 2003 19:46 UTC

I have no intention to start NLE war here. I've seen many, and they all end up with meaningless frame wars between Mac & PCs. Nor am I trolling.

I understand that many independent film makers and freelance editors are using FCP to edit, but as for feature (post) productions Avid still is the industry standard by a large margin. Although some post houses have FCP stations as well, they are rather considered alternative for those who are not familiar with Avid. I understand your point, (and thank you for the info re:"cold") but FCP in my understanding is a consumer level NLE with professional level features. Codec is what matters more than features if you are cutting for distribution or broadcast. Not to mention ability to cut in 24fps (yes, FCP has some featrues to handle it in EDL level). If mini-DV can be a "professional" media format, so is FCP. I just don't think either is and that's purely my opinion. If "getting paid to do the job" is qualification of professional, even Hi8 can become a "professional" media format. It's all depending on the definition of the word "professional."

If I were developing free-software video editing tools, I'd really choose iMovie as a target,... You won't

My comment was to the original poster, who didn't have information about use of Linux in the (pro) media industry. There are in fact a number of Linux boxes used in studios. As far as Avid port to Linux I mentioned, I thought that was by far the easiest way for Linux to be accepted by those who are in the post-production. If opensource community can come up with a better solution that attracts and converts tens of thousands of Avid editors currently working in the industry, I would love to see it, of course.

To develop alternatives, you can choose iMovie as a target interface, or other developers can choose something else as the interface. The strength of opensource community is that it doesn't have strings to one flavor or another. Personally I don't care what path to be taken; I just want to see Linux based NLE in post houses.

Whether you agree or disagree, I hope this clarifies my points.