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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Definately a vacuum
by Darryl on Sun 7th Dec 2003 17:59 UTC

My hobby is prosumer video, and I would LOVE it if we had more Linux options for processing video. The author of this thread is correct that there aren't a lot of applications that are just good, basic, and free (or affordable) to edit video.

But I'm one of those people who don't want the basic version. I'm making broadcast-quality music videos, commercials, and indie movies. The closest two Linux candidates for this type of heavy lifting are Cinelerra and MainActor.

Cinelerra is very difficult to get running, but once you do, good god! You can edit hidef video realtime if you've got the hardware for it. And Cinelerra has two features that are attractive in the pro space: it scales with your hardware, and it has built-in render farm capability.

MainConcept is about to release MainActor version 5 for Linux, which should be about as full-featured as the Windows version. Now that is an affordable, well-written, basic package which can take you where you need to go. I'd say that this package is what you want.