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Interview with Edward Hervey about the PiTiVI video editor

May 13, 2009 Leave a comment

If you don’t already know, PiTiVI is an open source non-linear video editor. It’s still in the relatively early stages of development, with quite limited functionality compared to some of the well known commercial tools, used in production environments. PiTiVI is written in Python and uses the Gstreamer framework to do the back-end heavy lifting. While PiTiVI still has a long way to go, the last 12 months has seen some good advances and dedicated resources being assigned to the team by Collabora Multimedia.

Here’s an interesting interview with lead developer Edward Hervey, talking about the past, present and future plans for PiTiVI.

I’ve tried to use PiTiVI in the past, but unfortunately found it too limited for my editing needs. Subsequently I switched to Blender, which while predominantly a 3D authoring tool, does include a reasonably powerful video sequence editor. The learning curve for Blender is quite steep, so it’s not for everyone. Let’s hope a tool like PiTiVI can emerge to make open source video editing much easier and accessible for everyone.

Irony at NAB

May 8, 2009 Leave a comment

A couple of weeks ago I attended the yearly National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show in Las Vegas. This year the show itself was a little quieter than usual – for example the RED camera circus wasn’t in town, drawing hundreds, blocking aisles and making a nuisance of itself – which generally meant it was easier to walk around, talk to people and actually learn a few things.

There wasn’t a lot of Open Source video products around that I could see. At least no one was openly touting their Open Source credentials. Smartjog were there, and they use FFmpeg as the back end transcoding solution in their servers.
However, I was highly amused by the irony of Microsoft, demonstrating new Silverlight 3.0 features, and using Big Buck Bunny as the demonstration footage. Could they not afford to license footage from elsewhere for their big screens? A small dose of irony in my day.
Big Buck Bunny and Silverlight
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