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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RE[2]: A common problem
by DerGenosse on Mon 11th Jan 2010 16:31 UTC in reply to "RE: A common problem"
DerGenosse
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2010-01-11

Don't believe that you can do multimedia with oss? check out dickmacinnis.com. All FOSS (even the website - made with Kompozer).


No offense, but your website looks like ass. And given the fact that the content is largely courtesy of Google and ReverbNation, I really wouldn't put it forth as an example that you also can make websites with FOSS.

Besides, you miss the point. I don't think that anyone doubts that you can produce multimedia with FOSS. The trouble is that you just can't do it well. FOSS for multimedia production may be good enough, but good enough almost always doesn't cut it in the real world, which is the place that doesn't exist according to fervent FOSS advocates.

If you're a semi-pro or a pro that earns his living with multimedia production of any kind, then why would you be dumb enough to endure the pain of dealing with FOSS multimedia production software? If someone, for example, wants to break into Visual Effects and get a compositing job, is she ill-advised to learn by using Blender or Cinelerra? Hell yes! Instead, she should use the tools that are used in the business, like Combustion or Nuke, both of which are available as Learner Editions at no cost.

I really hate this ubiquitous tagline: "You can do that with FOSS, too!" At least the greater half of all FOSS software seems to be made with this in mind. The end-result: glorified, but horrible proof-of-concepts. So, sure, you can somehow produce multimedia content with FOSS, but who would want to?

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