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OpenMovieEditor And Blender: More NLE Delights

Jan 07, 2010, 00:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Phillips)

"We're getting close to the last stops on our tour of NLEs for Linux. This week I've focused my attention on two editors, both of which surprised me in many ways.

"OpenMovieEditor

"Its Web site states that OpenMovieEditor has been "... designed for basic movie making capabilities... [and] to be powerful enough for the amateur movie artist, yet easy to use". In fact I found OpenMovieEditor to be a surprisingly capable NLE, modest in its stated goals yet possessing some features not commonly found in Linux NLEs.

"OpenMovieEditor (Figure 1) leverages the capabilities of a variety of open-source projects, including libquicktime, FFmpeg, Inkscape, and the frei0r fx plugins popular with other A/V editors for Linux. However, the program has some of its own special attractions, such as support for the JACK audio server and transport control, a GUI for automation curves, and node-based compositing. This last feature is indeed unusual - most other NLEs employ layer compositing - and it is not amiss to plunder Wikipedia for this definition :

"Node-based compositing represents an entire composite as a tree graph, linking media objects and effects in a procedural map, intuitively laying out the progression from source input to final output, and is in fact the way all compositing applications internally handle composites... Layer-based compositing represents each media object in a composite as a separate layer within a timeline, each with its own time bounds, effects, and keyframes"

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