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Re: [SLE] newbie video editing
Sigh - Why do people keep straying from the requirements of the poster?

He's assembling a budget-budget system. What Mac would you suggest that he
get for about $100 to do video editing?

I suggest, in keeping with the original hardware specs the 900MHz CPU, 256
megs ram, Win XP, one of the generic BT878 tv tuner/capture cards (about
$50.00). The 8 gig HD would be problematic, but could be done in small video
clips. For Windows there are a couple of great FREE video capture programs,
Virtual VCR and VirtualDub.

For editing you could get a pretty decent editor for about $50 and some of
the capture cards come bundled with one and other software.

I agree with one of the original responders that you don't want to give a
kid just getting into "serious" computing the negative experience of lame
software (and thereby also a bad experience of Linux).

It pays to be OS agnostic when it come to the applications you require.

Have Fun,
Mike Wafkowski

----- Original Message -----
From: "Riccardo Facchini" <abief_ag_-suseml@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <suse-linux-e@xxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2004 10:05 AM
Subject: Re: [SLE] newbie video editing


>
> --- Kevin Donnelly <kevin@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Thursday 18 March 2004 6:16 am, Steve Lett wrote:
> > > How do I use the VCR to send the movies to the 'puter?
> > > I'm assuming there is some kind of video card that
> > > will let us connect the VCR and rip the video.
> > > Needs to be as cheap a solution as possible as he is
> > > cutting grass for the costs. Any ideas about what
> > > kind of video hardware I need? (using a donated
> > > Celeron 900 Mhz mainboard and probably have an 8Gb
> > > drive in the junk bin that I can start him off with)
> >
> > To be honest, multimedia stuff like this is about the only area where
> > Linux
> > lags at the minute. Kino is not bad, and I've used it on 8.2, but it
> > is not
> > terrific either. There is also an app called Kdenlive which looks
> > quite
> > promising, but I haven't used that yet.
> >
> > I think the above deal with digital video (eg from digicams). You
> > will want
> > an analogue solution, since you're working from videotapes. I think
> > there is
> > a demo version of MainActor on the 8.2 disks, which would do this,
> > but the
> > last time I used MA I thought it was very buggy, and the company
> > seems more
> > focussed on Windows stuff now.
> >
> > Not to put too fine a point on it, it may be that at this stage you
> > should
> > bite the bullet and use Windows for this. There are many apps in
> > development, but they haven't gone far enough along to be easy to use
> > (just
> > the same way as a couple of years ago there were very good CD burning
> > apps,
> > and then K3B came along as a really well-designed end-user package -
> > we're
> > not there yet on video-editing). If you're trying to introduce your
> > lad to
> > Linux, the worst thing you could do is put him off it early on by
> > trying to
> > get it to do something it's not quite ready for - he'd take that as a
> > comment
> > on the whole OS, and forget about all the other office, network,
> > systems,
> > graphics, programming, games etc that are better on Linux.
> >
> > If he's interested in doing some creative video stuff, you might do
> > worse than
> > point him at Blender, which is a free 3D package which can be used to
> > make
> > animations. That works very well (although it's not something he'll
> > pick up
> > overnight!), and is under heavy development since it was made GPL
> > last year
> > (after a "community" buyout).
> >
> > --
> >
> > Best wishes
> >
> > Kevin Donnelly
> >
> > www.kyfieithu.co.uk - Meddalwedd Rhydd yn Gymraeg
> >
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>
>
> I know this will go against what you want to teach the lad, but what
> about going to a Mac OS X workstation? You would have both worlds...
>
> The best of the best in image editing (Mac IS the tool for video
> editing, at least for now), and a Unix-Based OS... And also there are a
> lot of documents around there on how to install Linux side by side with
> Mac OS.
>
> And, more important, you keep the boy far away from the dark side.
>
>
>
>
> =====
> Riccardo G. Facchini
>
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