posted by Paul Gallant on Mon 22nd Mar 2004 20:15 UTC
IconI've recently started a video production business. I decided to use Linux for my "office" type applications for security, stability, and budget reasons. I've really been impressed with the quality of these applications. I use Open Office, KOrganizer, Mozilla, and Gnucash for most of my work. After having such a pleasant experience with these programs I began to investigate what Linux apps were available for video production. I found a linux counterpart of just about every program I use:

Photo manipulation / The Gimp
Sound editor / Audacity
Video editing / Cinelerra
Motion graphics / none??? *(see conclusion)
Music creation / Soundtracker
Windows Compatibility/ Vmware Workstation

This isn't meant to be a review but more of a my personal experience with these programs. I just want to say that if you like Linux/ Alternative platforms you should support these projects any way you can.

Machine Specs:
Dual 1.2 Ghz Athlon
Ati Fire GL 8800 128mb
512 mb ram
SoundBlaster 5.1
LindowsOS 4.5

All of these programs were available from the Lindows C&R and free to download for other distros except Vmware which is the 30 day trial from their site.

The Gimp:

click for a larger version If your reading this then you probably know what the Gimp is, so I'm not going to go into an overview. I use photo manipulation for a number of things in production. The main thing I use it for is editing individual frames from a video clip. This comes in handy when you need to remove quick mistakes. For example: a microphone dipping into the video for a split second. The Gimp has all of the regular features that I need for editing individual frames but, the one big thing that its lacking is the ability to import filmstrip files. This is a sequence of frames that can all be edited together. It would be nice to see this added in a future version.

Adding and altering alpha channels is another task I do a lot. Most of the time when A client sends you an image or logo it wont have an alpha channel. The gimp has great support for this. Unfortunately there is know motion graphic program for linux to import the finished image into.


Audacity is a really slick sound editor. Its interface is very simple and straight forward.

click for a larger version Anyone who has ever used a sample editor before should feel right at home. It can import & export Wav, Mp3, and OGG files and export Wav & OGG files. It has all the usual cut, paste, zoom options you would expect. Its a little lite on the effects that are included but it does have noise removal & amplify which are vital in video production. There's nothing more annoying then a client giving you footage that has someone using a weed eater in the background.

One feature that audacity is missing is a import audio from video option. This is crucial when you want to clean up the audio from bad footage. Until then I would have to use a separate program to do this. Overall audacity is a very nice simple editor that should fulfill just about every basic sound editing situation you could throw at it.

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