Here's the deal. I have a bunch of porn videos. I want to trim out the crap to leave only the good stuff. The usual way to do this is to split the video into a bunch of clips and then assemble the good clips into a movie. This is easy with Movie Maker, and it is slightly less easy with iMovie. Now let's try it on Linux...
NOTE: I am using Ubuntu 8.04 x86-64 LTS for this comparison, since it is the Linux system I have installed. All the packages come from the Ubuntu repositories. I tried to use every video editor I could find in the Add/Remove section.
The main contenders are the following.
- Open Movie Editor
- Pitivi Video Editor
Let's see how each stacks up.
FURTHER NOTE: GIMP, being the wonderful program that it is, decided it needed some screen time in some of my images. I am too lazy to redo them, so you will just have to cope. Ah, the wonders of Open Source!
EVEN FURTHER NOTE: Anyone who complains about the movie being WMV can feel free to go back to linusporn.com and pretend the rest of the world uses Ogg Theora.
Alright, let's fire it up!
Okay, this looks decent enough. Let's click "Open" and select "Chrissy.wmv".
Well, this one actually works! Sorta....
Now, since it plays the video properly, it should be able to copy it properly too. Let's just select a portion of the video with the A & B icons. It is actually quite user-friendly. Let's just leave the Video and Audio options as "Copy". It should now create a new WMV file (I named mine chrissy2.wmv). Now, let's open it!
Well, it looks great, but there is no sound! Well, I don't really want to fuck around with audio options, so let's continue on.
Kino looks like it is a great, simple video editor .... for camcorders!! However, since we are desperate, we might as well try it.
Let's click "File->Open" shall we?
Well that's no good! Still, we might as well try to import it. Who knows? It might work!
Since PAL is for Eurofags, I will choose NTSC. You choose whatever you like.
Oh gosh! It failed! Who woulda thunk?!
There is no way in hell I am bringing down all the KDE dependencies for a stupid video editor!
Open Movie Editor
As usual, let's fire it up.
You figure it out!
Alright, drag the Chrissy.wmv onto the Video and Audio tracks. Select a clip. Then click on Project->Render.
Choose to render it as a Quicktime file (the only option, of course). Then click Encode. After several minutes it should give you this.
If you are not following along, you can simulate the image by rocking your head back and forth really fast. It seems to have recorded two frames and looped them for several seconds. At least, the audio is working!
Pitivi Video Editor
Last but (barely) not least, we come to the Pitivi Video Editor. Let's fire it up!
Cool! We can just drag Chrissy.wmv onto the Clips window! Drag & Drop is so awesome .... for 1995!
Well, it seems to support the file, but now what? Apparently, the Pitivi developers care very much about the GNOME Interface Guidelines, and they have been reading up on how to write a GNOME application. Pitivi is so simple (READ: stupid) that it can only supports merging clips into one video and not splitting a video into clips! This would have been useful for the second phase of the operation, but it is useless without the first!
Let's summarize. Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distribution among 'ordinary' (i.e. not super-freetarded) users, features several video editors, none of which can make an acceptable movie clip! I am not trying to splice special effects into my Hollywood film reel here! I am just trying to cut out the boring parts of pornos! All I really needed was an editor suitable for editing home movies, and Linux cannot even provide that!
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