I recently ran a gauntlet of linux video-editors. Maybe ran is the wrong word; muddled through more closely matches my experience. I started with the favored bet- PiTiVi had recently released a new version that showed promise. I found it in the Ubuntu repo and marked it for installation. The gui looked nice at first blush, with a convenient ‘drag your clips here’ box prominently featured. I dragged my still images into the box, and PiTiVi fired back a message about incompatible formats. Since my images were plain old jpg, I reckoned the problem lay with PiTiVi. A cursory search revealed that PiTiVi, being still in beta, didn’t support still images. Call me mental, but it seems like still-image support would be essential (and perhaps even easier to implement than video-clips) to a program looking to compete with iMovie or Windows Movie Maker.
So I started looking.
A linux video-editor with a finer pedigree is Kino. I grabbed Kino from the Ubuntu repo, and once again found a pleasant gui inviting me to capture footage or add clips. I dragged my images into the clips folder … and nothing happened. It turns out that Kino doesn’t really support still images either. You can hax0r it to include some still-images, but it’s nearly impossible to work with the images once they’ve been added.
I kept a’ lookin.
I googled Ubuntu imovie, hoping that would catch any discussion of linux alternatives to iMovie or W.M.M. Someone mentioned KdenLive. Found it in the repo & installed it. I hesitated, and then cautiously tried to add still-images to my clips folder … Success! Astounded, I added my music & video clips and started to drop them into the timeline. Everything was going my way, so I finished arranging my clips and attempted to add some text to the timeline. There is a handy little text-editor built in, which I opened and inserted my text. I dropped it into the timeline, but it wouldn’t show up on the preview monitor. Anywhere. I spent alot of time trying to overcome what seemed like a small problem (especially given my aborted attempts with other programs), but all my effort was in vain.
I’ve since given up the search.
On reflection, PiTiVi will probably be what I need in a few months/years. But how can Ubuntu compete with OSX or Windoze without a proper video-editor in this, the age of Youtube?