I bought a Canon 60D DSLR a few months back and have been doing a little bit of video including some interviews. Being a Linux user I looked into the different free software that is available for video editing. This isn’t my first time working with video but it is my first time editing video on Linux. I have plenty of experience with proprietary software, and no doubt Adobe Premiere and Final Cut, the industry standards set a pretty high bar. Unfortunately my experience of video editing on Linux has not been good, instead of editing I ended up spending hours trawling through documentation and forums and with a deadline looming I eventually gave in and opted to edit my videos on Adobe Premiere on my brothers Mac. Companies like Adobe have established markets and deep pockets. They develop great software but it’s expensive, not available for Linux users and it’s neither free nor open.
As you know it’s not always easy to make a living developing free software so when you do find something you like its important to make that extra effort, to put your money where your mouth is and do what you can to support it.
Linux users really need a high quality video editor
Linux users really need a high quality video editor and this is why I am delighted to discover Pitivi. It’s early days yet but so far so good, I’m impressed. Pitivi has an active and committed community of developers with a clear sense of where they are going. They are currently running a crowdfunding campaign to take Pitivi and Open Source Video Editing to the Next Level. You can vote for features too.