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Linux Foundation Announces 2010 "We're Linux" Video Contest 460

prourl writes "The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the 2010 'We're Linux' video contest. The contest seeks to find the best user-generated videos that demonstrate what Linux means to those who use it and inspire others to try it." Sadly, the winner will almost certainly be edited in Final Cut Pro on a Mac ;)
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Linux Foundation Announces 2010 "We're Linux" Video Contest

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  • by Looce ( 1062620 ) * on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @02:09PM (#31088336) Journal

    ... with the damned "I'm a" bullshit? It's getting really old.

    I'm a PC! Well I'm a Mac!

    And back there you have Linux who is insecure and just has to jump onto the bandwagon.

  • Linux was a community many years ago, but the days of songs around a camp fire are over. These days when I think of Linux, I think of:

    Apache Web Server
    Android phones,
    WiFi routers,
    Portable media players
    Server Farms

    Linux has really come into it's own, but I don't think anybody will ever mistake it for a hobbyist niche again.

  • by Sponge Bath ( 413667 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @02:10PM (#31088360)

    This contest makes me think of the "sexy nerd" calendar they did in The IT Crowd.


  • by stokessd ( 89903 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @02:10PM (#31088366) Homepage

    Why is that sad? It's a great program that puts world class non-linear editing within reach of most everybody. What is sad, is the insanely expensive and fiddly avid workstations and non-linear editors of the past.

    Linux is just like macs in that there are huge disciplines where no applications exist. For example there is no credible 3D solid modeling programs or printed circuit board layout on the Mac. Now there is no credible non-linear video editing program for linux. Both platforms are a niche market, both excel in ways that windows does not, and both are a victim of that nitch-i-ness.

    It's only sad if people tried to make a video editor for linux and somehow were denied by forces outside their control. If the only reason is that nobody has bothered to write a good one, then that's not sad.


    • Which I still had mod points for you. +++
    • Final Cut Express is $199
      iMovie is Free.

      It's the Pro version that is $999.

      Unless you're editing a movie that you plan on putting on the big screen. FCE is MORE than you could ever hope to use.

      You could edit most stuff made on TV today with just iMovie.

      • Doesn't FCP allow for rendering/processing across a farm instead of only one machine (unlike FCE)?
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by marcansoft ( 727665 )

      Not sure I'd consider them "world-class", but for most purposes kdenlive [] is pretty good for video editing under Linux, Eagle [] is a very popular PCB layout tool that runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Tetsujin ( 103070 )

      It's only sad if people tried to make a video editor for linux and somehow were denied by forces outside their control. If the only reason is that nobody has bothered to write a good one, then that's not sad.

      As a Linux user I think it's sad that we don't yet have a decent video editing solution on Linux...

      I agree with what you say that Final Cut Pro itself isn't "sad" - but the fact that Linux users making a video about using Linux don't have a decent tool to edit their videos with is kind of a drag...

  • by jgtg32a ( 1173373 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @02:14PM (#31088424)

    to actually make the video, or can you use Win/Mac?

  • by DebianDog ( 472284 ) <> on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @02:14PM (#31088426) Homepage

    I was perfectly happy with Linux until I wanted to start editing video. Most Linux video editing apps while "free" and do a basic job, they IN NO WAY compare with even iMovie that comes included with your Mac.

    • by jedidiah ( 1196 )

      Sure. A Linux NLE will happily work with any file you want. iMovie will barf if you try to feed it anything that's not quicktime.

      It won't even allow you to so much as have an intermediate step between "pull movie off of camera" and "try to use it with iMovie".

      Nope. Linux editors surely can't compare to that.

      • by DebianDog ( 472284 ) <> on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @02:40PM (#31088872) Homepage

        SO wrong it is not even funny. Never mind the 100's of cameras iMovie supports natively.. and ignoring the 70+ formats QuickTime supports there are DivX plug-in, Windows Plug-In for both import and export. Worse case you pass it though StreamClip (free) and convert it to QT. About the hardest thing to convert is muxed MPEG-2.

        Where as on of Linux best Editors, Cinelerra, still needs about $30 of plug-ins to do Windows media and MP3 audio correctly.

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by biryokumaru ( 822262 ) *
          So, basically, what you're saying here is iMovie doesn't natively support anything except quicktime?
      • by Kjella ( 173770 )

        Sure. A Linux NLE will happily work with any file you want. iMovie will barf if you try to feed it anything that's not quicktime.

        Hahahhahahahahha LOL. First time I tried opening kdenlive to edit HDV video I tried to cut the clip, instant crash. Tried it again thinking it was bad luck, another instant crash. And that was supposed to be one of the good ones, the rest weren't quite as bad just ranging from terrible to abysmal. I manage to capture it under Linux but for any editing I'll still take Windows or Mac any day.

        • by jedidiah ( 1196 )

          Laugh all you like. iMovie is a big fat fail because it will refuse to work with common video formats.

          Your rant doesn't change that fact.

          • by UnknowingFool ( 672806 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @03:14PM (#31089390)
            Define "common video formats". Here is the short list of official supported iMovie formats:
            • DV
            • DV Widescreen
            • HDV 1080i (25 and 30 fps)
            • HDV 720p (25 and 30 fps)
            • MPEG 2 Standard definition
            • AVCHD
            • MPEG 4 Simple Profile
            • iSight
            • H.264

            Those formats except for iSight seem common to me. Now what you probably mean to say was iMovie doesn't support all video formats, that is true. It won't probably support Windows based video formats or obscure formats. But remember iMovie is for consumers to make and edit their home movies; it is not intended for professionals. Final Cut probably supports a larger range of formats.

    • by horza ( 87255 )

      I've heard OpenShot being described as "iMovie for Linux", it would be nice to hear some objective comparisons on here.


      • by jedidiah ( 1196 )

        It's still a work in progress. It's not feature complete yet but the UI seems promising. The same goes for kdenlive. Although kdenlive is a bit further along.

        Like any "Mac versus Linux" comparison you're going to run into features vs. flexibility. The more established Apple tool is further along but might fall down in some basic use cases that involve inputs that aren't carefully pre-selected.

        I also like the one-dimensional presentation of clips and the project better in openshot/kdenlive. The snaking effec

    • I can guarantee that mencoder will do absolutely everything that any other video encoding software will do. And if it can't, I can guarantee there's someone in the community just itching to make it do it for you. It's not my fault you're too lazy to learn how to use a CLI.
  • by gQuigs ( 913879 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @02:25PM (#31088602) Homepage

    Can we at least get the Linux Foundation to support Ogg/Theora as a supported format to upload videos in. Ideally they would accept only Ogg and use HTML5 to show the videos instead of Flash..

  • by Gizzmonic ( 412910 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @02:29PM (#31088660) Homepage Journal

    I'm a Mac
    I'm a PC
    I'm IBM
    I'm a Windows
    Got milk?

    Can't we just trash all these? Also, the annoying commercials where lots of multi-culti people finish each other's sentences. Exactly what are you trying to say, that using your product will turn you into a hivemind? Well, isn't that neat.

    How about we get more creepy children whispering about mirrors, or babies making stock trades. Babies talking like adults is PURE ADVERTISING GENIUS.

  • The Linux Foundation also did this in 2009. Here [] are last year's winners.

    Also, I'm pretty sure that good results come from people who know their tools, and not from the tools themselves. A large amount of the video-editing tools on Linux leave a lot to be desired, but they're still light-years ahead of what was available, say, 20 years back. People made (and still make) good videos/movies without any kind of digital intervention, so that snide remark is probably debatable.

  • And a cell phone that doesn't ring. Contrast that to my "I am Windows" support team: they haven't left town yet being called back to the office to reboot machines, fix virus problems, mange servers, handle local applications.

    Ah....aren't thin clients and Linux grand :)

  • with apologies to the "Red Riding Quartet"

  • by Rhacman ( 1528815 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @03:53PM (#31089898)
    This project can not be considered complete unless it contains footage of Richard Stallman wearing a hard-drive platter as a halo, holding a conucopia and his GPL sheild. Bonus points if he is heard correcting someone on terminology during the video.
  • IBM Commercial (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Temujin_12 ( 832986 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @04:01PM (#31089976)

    Can we please have more IMB-like ethereal commercials [] showcasing how Linux is growing and is ultimately unstoppable because it represents the collective knowledge of the world?

  • by Seth Kriticos ( 1227934 ) on Wednesday February 10, 2010 @04:06PM (#31090036)

    I'm using Linux. And I'm boycotting flash. So I'm here on an Ubuntu Linux (my home computer) and can't watch the videos on [] the linuxfoundation is talking about. WTF? You people should try to make some accessibility example for OSS folks if you want to be taken seriously. What is this carp??

    On the other hand, reading about the content of the videos, maybe it's better this way..

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