beccatoria: (Default)
OKAY! For reasons best known to...some part of my brain for sure, I have made a series of tutorials to show people how to make vids on Linux. I've done this for a few reasons, firstly because there should be more vids, and my own experiences getting to grips with Cinelerra were more challenging than they would have been had there been an active vidding community to assist me, since a lot of the tutorials were aimed at different types of video editing or deeply technical. Secondly, I think more people should be aware of the option. Not only are Linux and Cinelerra philosophically free, as in open source, they're also financially free, as in zero cost. And they run much better on systems with lower end specs.

So you know, vidding has a somewhat deserved reputation as being an expensive hobby, but you really can have a program that can do fancy editing shit without spending a lot of money or having a superawesome machine.


These tutorials are split into two parts. The first focuses on basics, including getting a Linux-based Operating System (I recommend Ubuntu) and setting that up, installing programs, setting up Cinelerra, basic editing on Cinelerra with a focus on what is most applicable to music videos (in my own biased opinion, of course!)

The second set of tutorials is a collection of stuff I've done over the past year that is more advanced. It's basically focused on achieving more complex effects and/or stuff that many other editing programs have presets for but Cinelerra doesn't. That's the thing about Cinelerra, it can do most of the stuff Vegas or Premiere can do, it's just not always obvious, preset-level easy, and will involve using a program that kind of looks like it was made in 1994.


TUTORIAL SET #1: Basics. )

TUTORIAL SET #2: More advanced effects. )

Finally, a few links:

The Cinelerra CV Manual: this is the official manual for the community version of Cinelerra (which is the version we are dealing with here; see here for information as to why if you're curious). The manual looks big and intimidating and probably isn't a good first step for a total beginner, but it's very comprehensive and very useful and will pretty much answer all your questions. So it's good to link it here for posterity.

Various Other Tutorials: The official Cinelerra CV site links to various other tutorials in various languages with various focuses. It's probably the most complete centralised repository of tutorial links I've found, though you can also just plain old search YouTube.


beccatoria: (crossbones)
Okay guys, I was bored so I made a few more Cinelerra tutorials! For far utterly invisible rest of the Cinelerra-based vidding community! :D OPEN SOURCE, GUYS. IT'S FUN! I'm also vaguely toying with making a very basic, "this is how you vid in Cinelerra..." tutorial, but there are already a lot of "how to do basic editing in Cinelerra" tutorials on YouTube and I don't wanna duplicate work. Plus I'm not really sure it'd help anyone. I guess we'll see how bored I get.


Colour correction using the histogram

(This is the idiot's guide version because honestly even I don't understand the histogram very well, but I finally worked out how to use it JUST A LITTLE and was's not so bad! I wish I had found out what it meant AGES ago!)

Animated effect (It is in colour and stuff too - the YouTube cap here makes it look like it's just edge detection; that's just one stage.)

(It's like a tacky version of A Scanner Darkly!)

3D Transitions

(Cus Cinelerra is kind of cruddy on the transitions front; not that I ever really use anything much other than fades anyway...)


Previous tutorials are here.
beccatoria: (we are the cylon vidding machine!)
Remember when I used this blog to like, be a fan in ways other than vidding? Today is not that day. (But honest, I'm trying, I even have TV shows I'd LIKE to write about weekly, I'm just too lazy.)

So, what is today? The day I spam you with useless Cinelerra video effects tutorials even though none of y'all use it. ;)

All of these are effects you can find tutorials for in other programs, but I couldn't see any video tutorials for Cinelerra for these particular effects and some of these are things you need to go about backwards or differently to get done in Cinelerra. So. On the offchance anyone ever wants them: TUTORIALZ!

Glow effect & Edge Detection effect (sorta).
Cus for some reason Cinelerra doesn't come with either as standard. Not that I think I've actually ever used either either. Either.

Moving Split Screen Thingy Using Masks.
More about like...masks in general and a Thing What I Did With Them. But anyway, keyframe masks to make them move! It occasionally looks cool!

I gave John Crichton a lightsaber. I'm awesome.

Sin City/Colour Splash Effect.
That effect where you make everything grayscale and then keep a single colour. I have no idea what the proper name for it is...

And now you all know I have an accent. Except the ones of you who were relieved to discover I didn't. ;)
beccatoria: (we are the cylon vidding machine!)
Okay, so, as you all know, I switched operating systems last October/November from Windows to the Ubuntu GNU/Linux Operating System and mostly I've been really happy with that decision. To be honest, the only place which required even a small amount of readjustment has been with vidding (I imagine that there'd probably be a similar adjustment in any area which requires specialised computer programs, it's just that I don't, for instance, use in depth graphics programs almost ever).

SO. When I switched, I was worried about vidding because I'd heard that Linux didn't really have a strong suite of video editors. I have discovered that this is...not really true, but it is true to an extent. What it lacks is a midlevel vidding program such as Ulead or Vegas. The choice seems to be something akin to WMM/iMovie vs something that offers levels of functionality akin to something like Premiere but without much of the user-friendliness for newbies.

There really is no need for Yet Another Linux Video Editor Review, since if you google "linux video editor review," I'm sure you'd find much more in-depth reviews, certainly more accurate reviews (since I'm explaining things through my rather untechy personal experience, and particular computer setup). Especially since I don't think anyone reading this blog is a Linux Vidder, but hey. Maybe one day you will be. Maybe this will entertain you; it's certainly entertaining me as I currently lack the focus to do any actual vidding after a long day at work.

Anyway, mostly this is just me musing on Cinelerra, noting a few resources for it, and noting the other Video Editors I am aware of along with brief comments on them and why I didn't choose to use them as my primary vidding program. This is ungodly long, cus in large part it's here for me so I can one day look back on it. But if you're curious, look closer...


Overview of the look )

Basics & tutorials )

A sidenote on Cinelerra vs Cinelerra CV )

Installation & settings )

Stuff it does that I like )

Stuff it does that I'm indifferent to )

Stuff it does that I don't like )


Other GNU/Linux Video Editors )


Cinelerra is an incredibly impressive piece of software for a free release. It's very powerful and frankly, the more I get to grips with it, the faster and more effectively I feel I'm able to edit. That said, it isn't amazingly user friendly. I got to grips with it reasonably fast, to the point I felt comfortable editing in it pretty much straight away, but it's worth noting two things. Firstly, that my use of other video editors definitely helped me understand a lot of basic concepts I otherwise would have been completely at sea about, so it's maybe not so great for total newbies (though also not insurmountable; perhaps OTHER issues I had wouldn't have arisen as I would have brought no preconceptions), and secondly, I was happy to just get on with it and learn as I went. A LOT of stuff confused and frustrated me and I fell back on my habit of coming up with complicated work arounds. However, unlike say, WMM, or even Ulead to a degree, in Cinelerra, more and more I'm learning the sensible way to do things that doesn't require these workarounds.

Which both confirms to me that it's an excellent piece of software and that it's not very user friendly at first. ;)

If you're looking to start vidding, or continue vidding in a simpler environment that requires less of a steep learning curve, I'd recommend getting either OpenShot or Kdenlive.



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