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Archive for September 2005

Roxor goes open source

In the name of exploration I’ve been fiddling with the Fedora Core 4 distro of linux. I’ve got everything up and running smoothly and started my search for a good Non Linear Editing system that will run on a linux OS. First stop, cinelerra.

Cinelerra is an excellent tool that has all sorts of goodies including a variety of transitions and effects. You can create your own text overlays (and animate them on a spline) and import an array of media formats. It even supports multiple audio and video tracks. It only has one glaring flaw. You can’t manipulate the horizontal position of a track. If you want to drop in a sound track and make it start 8 seconds into the whole movie, you can’t just drag it along the horizontal axis to the 8 second mark. You have to go type the number in the nudge field. Even after you nudge a track, it doesn’t visually move at all. That, simply, sucks and isn’t intuitive. Okay, that aside, it is a very good, open source product. I shot a small video and edited it wholey in cinelerra. Give a looksee at the Toothpaste video in our media section.

The second piece of software I tried was a beta product called Jashaka. Now, it is a beta app, but still was very unstable on the Fedora Core 4 distro when I was running RC1. Hopefully RC2 will be better, but I couldn’t actually edit anything yet. It did seem to have the ability to import a lot of different media types and had a builtin animator, text creatore, editor and compositor. Although, I just couldn’t figure out how to work anything because they stray from the traditional user interface. It’s got a unique feel about it, somewhat reminds me of Kai’s Power Tools in that the UI has a unique twist on traditional UI interaction. Keep your eyes on this one.

Lastly, I downloaded the MainActor 5.5 video editing system. The only version of 5.5 was geared specifically toward SuSe 9.3 distros, but it worked fine on my system. In fact, I thought it was awesome. It reminded me of Premiere in it’s untuitiveness. I preferred this over cinelerra by a long shot just because it worked so much like Premiere, which is an interface I’m very familiar with. It’s just easy to pick up and use and I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a good NLE system for linux. There are only two problems with it. Firstly, was that I had a serious problem with the audio track that was linked to my video. On playback it often times just output a screeching static. Now, I’m not running SuSe linux, and since the build was tweaked out for that distro that may be my problem and not a software bug. Secondly, it’s not open source and runs in the neighborhood of $199. However, that price is very acceptable since it is very much like Adobe Premiere which costs closer to $500. On a quick side not, Premiere only runs on windows, whereas MainActor runs on both windows and linux. Score one for Main Concept for supporting linux!

Overall, the biggest problem I had was exporting any finished video to a small, web streamy-type file format. But, that is likely more from my inexperience than it is a lack in the applications. So, there you go. A quick review of some of the low end technology available to us garage film makers. You can’t get much cheaper than open source solutions. Good luck, and good filming!

Written by Sterling

September 27, 2005 at 12:46 pm

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Jez, episode 8 is a pain in the ass.

Sorry to the Odeo and Podnova listeners. I exported the mp3 at 32Kbps and not 44.2. The players on those sites speed up the audio. Thanks to Goldwave, an application that I almost forgot about. Check it out if you’re into audio editing.

Written by Dan

September 27, 2005 at 10:03 am

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Dan’s a little burpy in Episode 8

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September 26, 2005 at 11:38 am

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Finally, a real person

Hey all our fan…yes, that’s singular on purpose 😉 Just wanted to make a quick update about what’s been going on at Roxor Media. As you can well see Dan and I are boring full steam into an ooey, gooey pile of Podcasts. What the hell, we are a media company after all. Well, I also realize that we’ve been skimping on movie/video content, and since we started as a garage-film making act I thought I should post something along those lines. Without further adieu here we go.

You never know where you are going to run into someone who’s in the business of making movies. I was in Detroit this weekend (okay, one of the rich suburbs) and ran into a guy, Mark, from San Diego who was visiting the great state of Michigan. He and a friend run a website that hosts a series of movies called The Adventures of Mark and Matty. They did a great job on the technicals and the series has action, adventure, comedy and pirates! I highly recommend you check out their site and watch the series of movies they’ve done.

Mark was with his cousin ( I apologize for not remembering names here as I’d had a few drinks by this time ) and he’s moving with his family to L.A. in pursuit of an already budding video/film career. So, I want to offer a good luck shout out to him and his dreams. Oh, and he’s a fellow Western Grad, go Broncos!

And on a final note, I found something oh so sweet for you screenwriters. I stumbled across an incredible tool for you called celtx. Celtx is a collaborative screenwriting tool that runs in a firefox browser (can anyone say cross platform?). It’s still in beta, but it’s gonna be big. Really big. I’ve already moved all of my scripts up there and I’m loving it. Aside from a few bugs that they are working on as we speak, the whole package is intuitive and looks great. I’ve tested the software on both windows and linux (fedora core 4) and it seems to be working great.

Until next time, good filming!

Written by Sterling

September 21, 2005 at 9:49 am

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Why on earth would we make another one?

Fing-sode SEVEN!

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Written by Dan

September 16, 2005 at 10:23 pm

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Episode 6

Damn, what more can I say?

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September 10, 2005 at 6:07 pm

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New Wiki

We’ve got a Wiki now! What’s a Wiki you ask? Just check here.

We’ll be putting all our show notes up there from now on. Let us know if you want to join in and create a page or two, about whatever you want.

Written by Dan

September 8, 2005 at 9:06 am

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