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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by Rayiner Hashem on Sun 7th Dec 2003 19:43 UTC

Movie studios basically use either UNIX (Solaris/IRIX), OS X, Linux, or Windows NT. Recently, there has been a huge movement in the CGI market towards Linux, and to a lesser extent, OS X. Most of these companies were using IRIX before, so Linux offered them a very good migration capability. In this case, the OS really does matter. From the interviews I've read with the, media companies like the following things about Linux:

- Its very UNIX compatible, which makes migrating all the tons of custom tools easy. Also, studio IT departments
- It runs on commodity (most companies using Linux are on Intel/NVIDIA combos) hardware.
- Its got ports of a lot of important high-end apps like Shake, XSI, Maya, etc. The recent Shake and Maya ports to OS X also helped that platform out a lot.
- Its very capable of handling high loads. One of the Massive developers has stated that the program runs twice as fast on Linux as on Windows.
- The source code is available. For the largest studios, this matters. They've got their own in-house developers, to develop custom tools and make modifications to commercial programs. They can't afford to spend the time waiting for the company to release official bug fixes.

So basically, it validates exactly what the OSS community has been saying about Linux --- its robust, compatible with lots of important UNIX software, and availability of source code makes it very customizable and tunable. Why shouldn't the Linux guys use this info in pissing matches?