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Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Many Linux users have experience with Wine, the application compatibility layer which allows some Windows programs to run on UNIX-like machines. During Ubuntu's Open Week event, Mark Shuttleworth was asked about Wine, and how important he believes it is for the success of Ubuntu.
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RE: Not there yet in many fronts.
by ephracis on Tue 5th May 2009 23:52 UTC in reply to "Not there yet in many fronts."
ephracis
Member since:
2007-09-23

Yeah, multimedia on Linux sucks big time. I installed Windows just to get Movie Maker. I have tried a number of video editing software on Linux but, at least to me, it's not very user friendly.

Gimp does the work for me as a photographer when I only have to do some color channel changes, or adjust contrast or lightness. But their interface is a pain for me. I want ONE window.

But I hope that the major distros will eventually step in and help out on developing some stuff to make multimedia on Linux as awesome as Windows / Mac.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I was going to mod you up, but I can't for the life of me tell if that's sarcasm of the best kind, or you actually hold up windows movie maker as a great piece of multimedia software.

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ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

Windows Movie maker is ABSOLUTELY NOT a good piece of software, and that was kinda my point. I decided to use it for two reasons: there's nothing even close to that in my Ubuntu repositories, and two: I get it without hassles (unlike Premier or something like that).

I have tried a few video editing application under Linux and they just don't cut it. They are very hard to use and I don't "get them". It is hard to work in them.

Windows Movie player is not as good as, for example, Adobe Premier but it works.

Creating this movie only took a few minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLg3Y5aoyj0

I just wanted to cut a very long scene (cut away the parts where I die), add some text on each kill, add a background song, and have text before and after the clip. That's it. In Windows Movie Maker you don't need to "learn" it, it is sooo simple.

When I try stuff like Kino, Pitivi or Avidemux I can't get the job done for two reasons: either it's too complex and the interface sucks, or they can't read my files.

Sorry, but I wished it was sarcasm. I promise you that some day it will be, though. I have total faith in Linux and it's progress. I remember just a couple of years ago when I had problems with most drivers and almost all configuration was done in the console. Give it a few years and we'll have everything regarding multimedia too! ;)

Good night,

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Yeah, multimedia on Linux sucks big time. I installed Windows just to get Movie Maker. I have tried a number of video editing software on Linux but, at least to me, it's not very user friendly.

Gimp does the work for me as a photographer when I only have to do some color channel changes, or adjust contrast or lightness. But their interface is a pain for me. I want ONE window.

But I hope that the major distros will eventually step in and help out on developing some stuff to make multimedia on Linux as awesome as Windows / Mac.


http://www.kdenlive.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kdenlive
http://www.kdenlive.org/tutorial

http://www.koffice.org/releases/2.0rc1-release.php
http://dot.kde.org/2009/02/09/krita-20-host-new-features
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krita

(Krita 2.0, for KDE4, is still in RC stage).

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ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

Kdenlive is not as good as Adobe Premier.
Krita is not as good as Photoshop (not even as good as GIMP IMHO).

There are TONS of media applications for Linux. But none of them are good enough for me, right now.

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testman Member since:
2007-10-15

I dislike Linux but I would run it SOLELY for a stable working version of Krita 2 that can run int the "Painterly" colourset and support my Intuos4 properly. In fact, if it can do HALF of the natural media functions the developers and proponents claim it to, I would buy a copy!!

Heck, if anyone can get it to do so on any distro with the above requirements, I would love to hear it and you managed it!

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Have you looked at Gimpshop. All the functions of GIMP with a Photoshop like interface from what I hear.

For multimedia; that's mostly an issue of codecs. I believe Suse/OpenSuse include full codecs thanks to Novell. Codec packs are available for purchase to cover the patent license fees. LinDVD, from the makers of WinDVD, covers your movie watching needs. Mandriva Powerpack includes all the multimedia love also at a reasonable price.

There are also some multimedia specific distributions which include a ton of related software but I can't comment on how they stack up for media professionals.

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