Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 7th Dec 2003 07:44 UTC
Multimedia, AV My husband and I are thinking of buying the Canon Optura Xi camcorder soon (in our opinion, the best DV camera at this range). Because I run so many OSes I always have 'embedded' in me this "thing" to only buy supported hardware by the major OSes. I am sure Optura's DV part will work fine with some Linux tools, but then what? How do I easily edit my... masterpiece and burn DVDs or VCDs via an integrated solution and send them to our families in Greece and France?
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My experience.
by Anonymous on Sun 7th Dec 2003 14:11 UTC

For those that don't mind going the extra mile things aren't too bad at all. I use dvgrab (with a couple of patches that haven't made it into the official release) to rip stuff off of my trv900e using the timecodes, then use kino to arrange stuff, apply effects, additional audio etc, then use transcode to do encoding (usually using ffmpeg or xvid). This works pretty well for me. I suppose I lean more toward linear editting than NLE, but then I have pretty simple needs. Kino is pretty deceptively powerfull, I only use the minimum feature set realy, doing title cards, fades, audio dubbing and arranging the actual source clips, there is alot in there that I don't go anywhere near.

I've tried using cinelerra but just never got comfortable int the UI, it's a fun program for checking out effects though, it's also possible to use a tv out card to do live previewing on a proper telly which could be fantastic for tweaking the image tones. I'm far happier writing scripts than trying to get a gui to do what I want.

The only thing I really would like is something to help with grading to a 17% grey card.

Linux is far from ideal for video, I am not suggesting that it is for everyone. But for those of us that actually enjoy that act of doing these things as much as the end result then there is plenty of fun to be had.