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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I am using the following programs....

Cinelerra -- This one will take a day or two to grok....
the main think that you need to figure out is the use of the '[' and ']' keys to set in and out points pretty much every operation requires these to mark the bounds of the effect. It may feel a little clumsy at first but it helps to get all your edits exact first time.

Cinelerra still has problems - mostly to do with capturing and exporting.... This is still more a mater of maturity than anything else.

Kino is probably my pick for an easy video editor.... It is not as feature filled as others but the capture/export is flawless. Again it will take a little bit of time to grok.
It is easy to install and use on Mandrake. The only thing is setting up the DV-Cam.

DVCams require manual setup - at least on Mandrake.
you will need to add the following lines to your /etc/modules file (as root):


to load up the camera drivers at startup you will now need to load them in using the insmod command eg 'insmod raw1394' (or you could just reboot the computer).

you will also need to change the permisions of the raw1394 device so everybody can read/write to it.
chmod 666 /dev/raw1394

I know that K3b is not intergrated... But frankly WHO CARES it is not that difficult to open up another app and it has a lot of features for dealing with video files.

The gimp is also part of my video editing setup.... Sometimes I want to use effects that I just can't get with the video editing progs I have. I can load out the video as a series of images and use GIMP + Python to modify them. I will probably use Cinepaint at some point in the future to do the same thing. Ok I am not a typical consumer but Linux lets me do things I can't do elsewhere.

Euginia is right -- there is nothing that matches iMovie on Linux -- But iMovie doesn't match all of use either.