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OpenShot Video Editor Reaches Version 1.0 128

An anonymous reader writes "After only one year of development Jonathan Thomas has released version 1.0 of his impressive NLE for Linux. Based on the MLT Framework, OpenShot Video Editor has taken less time to reach this stage of development than any other Linux NLE. Dan Dennedy of Kino fame has also lent a helping hand ensuring that OpenShot has the stability and proven back-end that is needed in such a project."
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OpenShot Video Editor Reaches Version 1.0

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  • TLA Overload (Score:5, Insightful)

    by recoiledsnake ( 879048 ) on Saturday January 09, 2010 @08:52PM (#30711144)

    TLA overload. Since the summary is so short, couldn't the submitter or editor expand them?

  • Re:Yes but... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jlarocco ( 851450 ) on Saturday January 09, 2010 @08:58PM (#30711184) Homepage

    From my limited experience, the biggest problem with video editors on Linux is lack of stability. Cinelarra, LiVES, and Kdenlive crash so much they're not even usable. To make it worse, most of the crashes are random and unreproducible, so it's hard to submit helpful bug reports.

    The way I see it, all OpenShot has to do is not crash every 10 minutes and it'll be light years ahead of the competition.

  • Re:1.0 ? Amazing ! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by selven ( 1556643 ) on Saturday January 09, 2010 @09:12PM (#30711284)

    So they already beat Google?

  • Re:Yes but... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by timeOday ( 582209 ) on Saturday January 09, 2010 @09:13PM (#30711294)
    Video processing in general is a complete minefield. Even mplayer/mencoder, the best of the bunch imho, has many, many options that won't work together, and can produce output that itself cannot read. How the developers even manage to keep that massive jumble of libraries from bursting into flames I can't imagine.

    My question, has anybody on the commercial side actually solved the problem of mixing and matching any audio codec, video codec, and container format out there? Or do they usually just target a few codecs? Kino, for example, was reasonably stable on Linux if you just wanted to edit dv video.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 09, 2010 @09:29PM (#30711416)

    First of all, I know this is a big achievement, so congratulations to the team of programmers for getting this far!

    But after watching the video and seeing the screenshots, I think this project really really needs a designer that is familiar with what professional video editors want. It looks SO amateur that I wouldn't go near it.

    All the transitions look really cheesy, and the titling tool looks like Corel Draw circa 1995.

    This is all just my smart-ass opinion after spending 10 minutes on the website and without even downloading the thing (I use XP on this machine, purely for Sony Vegas Pro) but the fact is, that's how most people that might be interested in this product are going to judge this thing. I could be wrong, maybe their target audience is anwad1...


  • Perspective (Score:5, Insightful)

    by iluvcapra ( 782887 ) on Saturday January 09, 2010 @10:00PM (#30711664)

    Does this thing support negative matchback, 3-perf or RED camera workflows? Or is it just another prosumer tinkertoy, like every other Linux media package?

    Trust me when I say there is a LOT of interest in OSS alternatives (or any alternatives at all) to Avid, Final Cut Pro or Pro Tools, and a lot of money in support contracts if you were able to build the solution. But alas, Linux devs are constantly reinventing iMovie.

  • Re:Yes but... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jedidiah ( 1196 ) on Sunday January 10, 2010 @12:24AM (#30712506) Homepage

    > As usual, it's only adequate for home or Youtube videos/etc.

    You mean for MOST NORMAL PEOPLE that aren't interested in shelling out $1000 for a video editor?

    You mean all those people that those silly "I'm a Mac" ads are targeted at?

    Was that supposed to be an insult or criticism of some kind?

  • Re:My eyes (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 10, 2010 @03:39AM (#30713218)

    appearance over content: the downfall of modern society.

  • Re:Openshot, eh? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by dido ( 9125 ) <dido@NosPaM.imperium.ph> on Sunday January 10, 2010 @08:47AM (#30714032)

    Also, the fact that the author's name is Jonathan Thomas [wiktionary.org] is just too good to pass up.

  • Re:Yes but... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by sznupi ( 719324 ) on Monday January 11, 2010 @01:09AM (#30720036) Homepage

    If only suitable for the "common man" is the thing, the goal...then I hardly see what's the point of TFS. There is such software already. Worse, this one seems to be basically a one-man effort which was rushed towards the magical 1.0 number.

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