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LinuxDevCenter: Linux for Video Production

Aug 22, 2005, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jono Bacon)

"The terms 'Linux' and 'multimedia' have traditionally sat rather uncomfortably together in a sentence. As open source communities have produced a prominent and capable offering, the focus has largely been on the day-to-day meat and potatoes of the consumer and corporate desktop. Although the efforts towards these word processors, desktop environments, spreadsheets, and business applications have moved steadily, the multimedia side of Linux has traditionally been less focused and more sporadic. This multimedia support has manifested itself in a range of specific projects to play and encode specific formats. The challenge facing both users and developers has been that of consistency. Developers would struggle to create applications, as the nitty-gritty details of managing codecs and multimedia algorithms stood in the way of creating a simple and effective tool. This inconsistency has resulted in users suffering in many aspects of common multimedia creation..."

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