Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 11th Jan 2010 08:10 UTC
Multimedia, AV I followed the hype: Reddit, Slashdot's front page, months of thumbs up on my blog and various video forums by Linux users for OpenShot. Given that I'm longing for a usable Linux video editor since 2003, and given that OpenShot version 1.0 had just been released, I naturally gave it a go, by also downloading its provided dependencies on my Ubuntu Linux 9.10.
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Same exprerience
by molnarcs on Mon 11th Jan 2010 08:43 UTC
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2005-09-10

I had a very similar experience. I have a Panasonic DMC-ZS3 that shots 720p movies in standard AVCHD format. I did quite a few clips recently, postponed editing them because kdenlive was crashing on me all the time... So I was waiting eagerly for something better...

Downloaded OpenShot last week, tried it immediately. First of all, I can't just drag my video files to the Project Files window (but that's probably GTK's fault, I use KDE). At least you can select multiple files in the file selector. Then I was looking for something really simple - fade from black & and fade to black in between clips. I wanted to stich together about 15 short clips this way... Well, no luck - instead we have fractal 1, 2, 3, 4 and lots and lots of useless transitions.. Than it was slooow - just like Eugenia described it.

Well, basically this is what I wanted (that's a kdenlive screenshot)
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_uCiI4KkI2-Pm4aaF3OrxA?feat=di...

Now that's what I call a really basic functionality, and yet, I couldn't do it!

It also took me some time to find fade in and fade for SOUND - it was hidden in the video properties dialogue. Why on earth did they put it there? Probably because that seems to be the only sound effect they support... In kdenlive you have a drop-down menu where you can select all effects, video effects and audio effects (plus custom).

Anyway, for the past three days I've been using kdenlive again - and it's been rock stable - not a single crash, finished two short videos (composed of about 15-20 clips) already. I don't know exactly when it became stable - last time I tried to do what I'm doing now was about 2 months ago. It might be an update since then, or may be disabling compositing helped, but the thing is, OpenShot has nothing to offer compared to kdenlive. It has less functionality, which would be fine if it was simpler to use, but it's not. I don't need all the functionality kdenlive has (although they might come in handy later), and OpenShot really looked promising, but it does not live up to the hype at all.

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