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Old 12-01-2003, 09:59 PM   #1
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A somewhat in-depth question about video editing


OK, I'm using Fedora Core 1, recently (duh) installed over Redhat 9, which was installed a couple weeks ago, fresh. Anyhow, I have a video project I'm working on, with one problem: I used a dazzle DVC (usb thingy with RCA jacks) to capture the video in Windows, and all the files are in MPEG format. I just got a 160 gig hdd, 137 gigs (dont feel like dealing with space problems) of which are on my linux partition (with about 30 gigs on a vfat partition for extra storage space.)

So, will linux video programs, such as Cinelerra or Mainactor, be able to work with MPEGs and export equal or at least somewhat close to equal AVI's or MPEGs (my project thingy is gonna be about an hour/an hour and a half or so long.) I can screw with the MPEG's in windows if necessary (cut them apart and stuff, but no effects) if necessary, but id like to do this in Linux. I've only run into annoying problems with windows video editing programs, either annoying incomplete versions that theres no cra- i mean i dont want to pay for, or premeire, which manifests itself in my nightmares now.

Due to my hdd, disk space is not completely an issue, unless its a monstrously huge uncompressed AVI (which, granted, I can deal with). Recompression time for the video doesnt matter, ill just let it run as long as it needs, but exporting in MPEG format would be highly appreciated as well. Thanks very much for your help...
 
Old 12-01-2003, 10:12 PM   #2
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I believe you should be able to edit to your heart's content and save in whatever (standard codec) format you want and then convert it with something like mplayer, but you'd better read up on the docs for the editing s/w and mplayer before you commit.
 
Old 12-01-2003, 10:23 PM   #3
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does it have a timeline?...is it like suited for video editing or is it just like worked in? ALso, does it have effects? sorry theri sites screwing up for me...
 
Old 12-01-2003, 10:31 PM   #4
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k now its working....but browsing through the documentation, i dont see anything about a timeline, which is what I really need. Guess I'll try to wait for the release of Mainactor v5....thanks for pointing me to mplayer though, it looks to be an awesome prog.
 
Old 12-01-2003, 10:41 PM   #5
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Never tried it, but Veejay is supposed to be coming along quite well. Also Jahshaka (which I've tried) is pretty cool. Sort of like Adobe AfterEffects. Please eventually make a post about what worked for you- I'm not very experienced with video editing in general, and I'm curious what success someone who actually knows what he's doing has had with some of the open source linux alternatives.
 
Old 12-01-2003, 10:46 PM   #6
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Sure....i'm not exactly an expert, but I guess I could be a decent critic based on my disastrous expericences in windows with video editing...
 
Old 12-02-2003, 05:40 AM   #7
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Check the cinelerra documentation - I think it should work with mpeg's and timelines and so on.I never got it to do something but I am a video dummy.
For converting to avi you can use mencoder,transcode or avidemux (only gui tool of the three).
sb73542 has the only effects app's I am aware of but there are others out there if you got a buddy in Hollywood that can steal some for you from a studio :-)
Also check with mainactor - it's commercial but there used to be a beta version for testing that was freely available.
 
Old 01-09-2004, 05:42 PM   #8
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Check out Avidemux2 for all your mpeg(s) editing. It's what I've beem using.
 
Old 02-04-2004, 12:18 AM   #9
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A friend send me an XviD encoded movie he made, and he wants me to rip parts out.

I have VirtualDub MOD loaded right now, I'm at work, so I can't test it at the moment :-\.

Would Avidemux2 or Cinelerra be any better?
Some insight would be appreciated. Thanks!
 
Old 02-04-2004, 08:05 AM   #10
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I believe Avidemux2 would be
 
  


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