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O'Reilly Network: Broadcast 2000 Brings DV Editing to Linux

Aug 12, 2000, 15:13 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Curtis Lee Fulton)

"...editing packages, even the high-end ones such as Avid or Final Cut Pro, are just that, packages. Neat little black boxes that give the artist little hope of breaking the mold. By contrast, GNU/Linux gives you only the media and the medium, which is simply a string of pictures stored on your hard drive, played back in whatever order and at whatever speed you command the machine to do. These strings of pictures can be accessed at any time by any program or even other computers."

"Broadcast 2000, created by Adam Williams, is the mechanism that stitches the artist's media together. It will work with any size frame, any frame rate, and any number of audio tracks. Even by itself, Broadcast 2000 can add all sorts of effects."

"Broadcast 2000 is a non-linear editing system. This means that no part of the working media is ever stored in RAM, and it is only stored on the hard disk once. The artist assembles the production by creating an Edit Decision List (EDL), which is sort of like a conductor's score that tells Broadcast 2000 when to start/stop playing certain media clips."

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