Switching a Toshiba Notebook with Windows Vista to Linux
I mostly work with photo's and still graphics, but I will be starting some video editing soon. Any recommendations on easiest to learn and which is most useful to my needs? Please let me know if more info is needed about my system.
See, any Linux distro has same capability to do multimedia jobs. Depends on...
See, any Linux distro has same capability to do multimedia jobs. Depends on its repository / dependency that can match with the same version of Linux OS. So, distro selection is up to u. For related SW, u can use 64Studio that helps as serve as an all-in-one solution for audio and video recording, editing, and other forms of media production. An alternative installer is available for systems with 32-bit processors. Remember, it is Debian based. Other related SW is LiVES, Open Movie Editor Stopmotion, MPEG4IP, Avidemux. I am not recommending Ubuntu Studio, because it is basically works on Ubuntu OS. If u install it on another Linux OS, this is quiet difficult.
I tend to select the distribution to use by how much effort I want to use to...
I tend to select the distribution to use by how much effort I want to use to keep it up to date. Currently for friends and family use and I'm feeling lazy I use ubuntu/kubuntu 10.04 LTS because of the three year support cycle. I use Fedora 15 because, for me, it provides a good balance of leading edge and stability.
As for software, gimp is the image editing software for Linux.
For video, I have used Cinelerra in the past but have found it to be less that useful recently on 32 bit machines. kdenlive is definately worth looking at. Blender (http://www.blender.org/), although billed as a 3D animation package, is a very capable video editing package and the one I use by choice.
Gimp and Blender are available on the Windoze platform if you wanted to take a look before you make the very worth while leap to Linux.
Linux distro suggested by Matthew are good, I'd like to report you few...
Linux distro suggested by Matthew are good, I'd like to report you few programs I use for video editing:
- Cinelerra: non linear video editing software, it has also some composing functions as well
- Kino: non linear video editing software, I prefer cinelerra but this one has a lot of interesting functions when you capture data from a Firewire device (like a video camera)
- avidemux: simple a simple cut and paste video editor, easy to use and useful for few limited tasks
- kdenlive: nice multitrack video editor
Linux Mint or Ubuntu Studio would be best for your needs. In reference to...
Linux Mint or Ubuntu Studio would be best for your needs. In reference to your software needs, I would like to recommend for you to read up on ffmpeg (for video editing) and imagemagik (for image editing). Those two command line programs may sound boring, but they can accomplish many tasks far faster than a gui application will.