Video Editing for Linux

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Cinelerra is a highly advanced and professional video editing, but still remains open source. Cinelerra solves three main tasks: capturing, editing and compositing. There is virtually no limit to the video resolution so whether its standard or high definition (hd) doesn’t really matter in Cinelerra. And when it comes to exporting it supports H.264, which most likely is going to be the predominant format for hd video.
By utilizing OpenGL and compatible graphic cards Cinelerra is able to preview your edited video in real-time - no rendering required. This makes editing a much more simple and intuitive task - giving you full creativity. Video effects can also be added and Cinelerra comes with all of the standard effect plus a few extras - this includes both audio and video effects.
And finally when you have to render your final movie - you can setup a renderfarm of cheap workstations to do the job for you. A renderfarm is a low cost way to get a whole lot of cpu power to quickly solve you problems and finish your jobs.
Please not that Cinelerra is currently only offered as source code - so you need a certain degree of Linux experience to get it running. Also note that even though Cinelerra is open source the main site does not offer community based development. However, the creators of Cinelerra recommends that people visit Cinelerra-CV, which is a community of people working together to improve Cinelerra.

The Sunset Movie. 4185 JPG photos were shot over 2 years and combined in Cinelerra to make timelapse movies of sunsets. Histogram and Gamma were used extensively to correct exposure. ReframeRT was used to adjust speed after the initial timelapse combination.

For Youtube, the original 1080p footage was scaled down to 426×240, sharpened, and exported as H.264 + MPEG-4 Audio.


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