On 10/19/2010 3:18 PM, Tim wrote:
This interests me, as a video production person who's still in
analogue world, because the Windows/Mac worlds of digital video just
plain suck, unless you can throw broadcasting amounts of dollars at
software and hardware. (Those who've used real editing hardware know
just how annoying computer editors are with their interfaces, and lack
of knobs to just reach out and tweak, with menus to wade through.)
We're still using a $20,000 edit suite, because we're not going to throw
that away to be replaced with horrible $2,000 computer editing.
Have you compared using this with the usual opposition (Adobe Premiere,
Pinnacle, FinalCut, etc.)? Operation-wise, and rendering time-wise?
One thing we've noticed with some of the free editing software is that
you're going to spend so much time trying to render the final product
that you can't use it professionally. And that things fall over and die
a few seconds into trying to acquire your vision, in the first place.
I've got a linear editing suite with tape decks and a Pinnacle Aladdin
for DVE (once in a blue moon, we still fire it up); in 1999, we acquired
a DPS Velocity NLE - it was ~$20 with the computer, the boardset, the
dual CRT's and the big Sony NTSC reference monitor; I never looked back.
I now also have Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere workstations - the latter
don't compare to the SD Velocity, but they can handle all the new
formats including HD, which our aging Velocity can't. The Velocity could
mix two tracks of video with DVE transitions, plus two tracks of
graphics, be they pics or titles or whatever, including moving video,
all in real, real time, with full raster display on a big NTSC monitor.
The HD workstations didn't come close to this performance till just
recently. Now, they are getting very close...
I've worked with Cinelerra for years - it's a great piece of open-source
software, but, it's not in the same league as the products I listed
above - it just has too many bugs, and a number of limitations that keep
it from being viable in a weekly/daily production environment.
KDEnlive and OpenShot are nice little programs that are more oriented to
hobby-use and very limited lower-end production environments.
I keep up with this stuff very closely. I haven't yet tried to install
OpenShot on my new F14 boxes, so I can't speak to Robert's, the OP's
original question, unfortunately
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