Just thought I would thank our favorite editor for his work on this article. And for the
feedback comments as I feel it helped me on my first movie project.
I was most familiar with kino as I have used it for the last several months getting our home
movies off our Sony miniDV camera.
I did evaluate some of the mentioned software in the article and the comments.
Kdenlive: Just never got it to work on my Gentoo system. I built three versions and didn't
have success with any of them. Version 0.4 that is in portage never would load any of my
video I had captured. The other versions 0.5 and a SVN just crashed on start-up. Obviously
something on my system was not right and I didn't invest the time to find out.
Open Movie Editor behaved just like our editor, just didn't like any of my video.
I ended up using kino to capture raw video from the miniDV and to make specific cuts that I
wanted. Used some of their FX too. Since I was new to making a movie I was not up to doing
too many effects.
I used Audacity to play with the audio and mix different audio together. Overall this was
easy to do but I did have some local audio issues as it didn't seem to mix well with other
software that was using /dev/dsp. This again is probably my own fault not having things setup
right. The point being that Audacity works sufficiently.
I used cinelerra to put all the pieces together. Using the drag and drop editor I put the
individual scenes and mixed my desired audio clips. Then rendered the project to a DV file.
I did run into it crashing a few times but it did recover perfectly. It really was minimal
though and basically just worked. I'm sure I used a very small percentage of the capability
of the software as the only effect I used was a "Title" effect to put text upon the finished
The finished product was rendered by kino. I took the DV output from cinelerra and created a
Flash video. Maybe this could have been done by cinelerra but since I knew kino did a nice
job with this I used it instead.
Here is a link to the project if anyone is interested. It's a spoof of the Ghost Hunters TV
or on YouTube:
Thanks again for your work on this article. I was happy I was able to do this project under
Linux but look forward to the day when I could use one polished app to get it done. I did put
all the Free Software I used in the credits of the movie. Should have mentioned LWN but