Video Editing Software

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  1. gormo

    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    G`day Folks,
    Quite a while back now, I decided to pull out of the Windows operating system and change over to Linux.
    I had been accustomed to doing my video editing on Windows with Windows Movie Maker until that was no longer supported with the arrival of Windows 10.
    Windows 10 had a video editing facility incorporated in their new photo editing program that came with that operating system. It was quite good, but by that stage I was taking steps to pull out of the Windows merry- go -round.
    Now once you enter the world of Linux, everything is pretty much the same but at the same time, very different.
    So I was now looking for suitable replacements for Movie Maker in this new unexplored world of Linux.
    Initially I experimented with Flowblade, Kdenlive and Openshot.
    My default eventually became Openshot which is a non linear editor and also is cross platform. It required a bit of tweaking on my Linux system to enable the graphics card to it`s full potential, and I was getting reasonable results.
    But through all my research and a quest to find a really good free video editor, I came across Lightworks.
    Lightworks is a video editor that has been used by the big Hollywood studios to produce a considerable number of big budget movies in the last 10 years or more. Of course they use the paid professional version and have computer hardware that pluggers like me can only dream of, however Lightworks do produce a free version with enough capabilities to make an amateur like me look good.....:avatar:
    Initially, my hardware was not powerful enough to deal with the software, but I have a different system now that meets the specifications
    I have been using it for a couple of months now, and honestly, it`s like a breath of fresh air.
    It`s very light on my computer resources and cruises through anything I can throw at it. I now have much finer control over my editing and assembling a complex video has been made considerably easier.
    There is a learning curve that comes with this software, but Lightworks has produced a number of very good " How To " video tutorials that take you through the basics.
    Lightworks is also cross platform, however your hardware needs a bit of grunt to run it.
    Now that I`m used to it, I don`t bother with Openshot, as a matter of fact I uninstalled it. Compared to Lightworks, it would be like going from your Audi back to a Mini Minor
    I have no connection with Lightworks and I`m only putting this information out there for anyone who may be looking for a better video editor.
    A link to Lightworks site is below
    https://www.lwks.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=98&Itemid=209
    :tophat:Gormo
     
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  2. paul_l

    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    Hi Gormo

    I have started to use BlackmagicDesign's Davinci Resolve Initialy the free version, and then with thier recent offer of bundling the full Studio version free with the Speed Editor, I upgraded.

    Resolve is crossplatform, available for Linux, MAC's (both OSX and the new mini OS) and Windows 10.

    For most users the free version will suit all your needs, and includes Media Management, a Cut and Edit pages for initial and Final edits, Audio editor, Effects editor, Colour Correction editior (as used by Hollywood) and an Export editor for film movie production. All from the one edit page, and you can jump between editors as required.This suite is used by the big boys as well. Includes support for 4K video modes.
    The Studio version offers support for video modes above 4K and Professional video modes, additional effects (one of the Slomo effects is just so buttery smooth), and support GPU's one of the main reasons for me to upgrade. The liecense is a one off purchase (unlimited upgrades) and supports two machines -which can be transferred between machines. Blackmagic make thier money from Professional Studio Hardware editdesk, Colour Correction Desks, Audio and Video Edit Desks, Camera's etc, etc.
    Like all professional software there is a learning curve (and steep at times).

    Worth a look - after all it's free as in cost, but not open source

    I currently have it installed full version on my Desktop (Win 10), Free version on my Laptop (Win 10) - I will be installing the studio version so I can work away from home, but swap the licence between it and my old Lenovo S30 CAD station which is getting upgraded and rebuilt into Linux (preferably Debian, but may need to be Ubuntu or Mint). The S30 was really a single CPU server acting as a desktop. Originally with a Xeon (4 core, 4 Thread) and 8GB ram, It now has a Xeon with 12 cores, 24 Threads, and 128GB ram, and runs almost silently - actually very silently e moment as its powered off :whatever:

    Paul
     
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  3. gormo

    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    G`day Paul,
    Yes I looked at Davinci a couple of years ago, but it was the same problem at that time.......not enough grunt in my hardware.
    So that was then........I will have another look and try it out ...........it sounds very similar to Lightworks capability, but it`s always good to try different things with the aim of possible improvement.
    :tophat:Gormo
     

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