More Open Source Video Editors for Small Business
LiVES is the video editor with the funny name. The name is a recursive acronym, which is a form of wordplay much beloved by certain open source developers. LiVES stands for "LiVES Video Editing System." Regardless of whether you appreciate the wordplay, it's an impressive video editor, though it takes some getting used to as it has a different workflow than OpenShot and Kdenlive.
At installation LiVES runs a system check to make sure that your computer has everything it needs installed. The program runs in two modes: Clip mode, which is the simplified interface, or Multitrack mode, which exposes all of LiVES' features.
LiVES supports the usual multitrack mixing and editing features found in most video editors, plus useful extras: Multiple monitors, multiple language support, MIDI synchronization (for incorporating audio from electronic keyboards and other synthesizers), and novel feature called VJ support. VJ is "video jockey." This is mixing clips, applying effects and variable play rates in real time.
Other noteworthy features include subtitle removal, rotation and resizing video clips, Firewire and TV card support, a lot of good audio editing features and excellent crash recovery. If you enjoy being creative and having a lot of unusual features to play with, then give LiVES a try.
Price, support, platform: Free of cost, community support, Linux and Mac.
Looking for a basic video editor? Avidemux is for cutting out the unwanted bits of an existing video, and for converting to other formats and quality levels. For example, suppose you have a promotional video that runs too long. You can use Avidemux to trim it to size, and then convert it to a high-quality format for local presentations and a lower-quality format for Internet streaming.
Price, support, platform: Free of cost, community support, Linux, Mac, Windows.
I have to mention Cinelerra, or else Linux video fans will scold me. It's a powerhouse video creator with professional features and support for very high-quality processing levels.
It's a pain to install, and it requires a higher-end video card with 3D acceleration and a stout computer. Don't even try it on less than a quad-core CPU with a minimum of 4GB of memory, on a 64-bit operating system. In these modern times, that describes an average PC made in the last couple of years. If you're hip to floating point, algorithms, histograms and the finer points of manipulating video, then you will love Cinelerra.
Price, support, platform: Free of cost and commercial editions, Linux.
Bonus Open Source Video Tool: DeVeDe
DeVeDe is not a video editor, but rather a simple program to put your movies on DVDs. In the fun world of computer-based video production, such obvious things as making your own movie DVDs is often overlooked, and it's harder than it needs to be. DeVeDe makes it almost as easy as it should be.
Price, support, platform: Free of cost, community support, Linux.
Carla Schroder is the author of The Book of Audacity, Linux Cookbook, Linux Networking Cookbook,and hundreds of Linux how-to articles. She's the former managing editor of Linux Planet and Linux Today.
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