Monday, July 21, 2008

New camera!

Originally uploaded by mricon
We were out shopping for a new kettle on Saturday, and inadvertently walked upon a big sale in downtown La Baie. We already had a budget for a video camera, with all that baby business and all, and now seemed as good time as any.

The camera is nothing fancy -- a JVC Everio, which is a MPEG2 camera with a 30G internal HDD. It also supports micro-SD, but I don't have any of those lying around. Since it was a spur-of-the-moment purchase, I got it with my fingers crossed -- hoping that it will work with Fedora without too many glitches. Video is something I haven't yet had a chance to work with -- at all.

Thankfully, there are no glitches as far as getting stuff from the camera onto my desktop. You plug in the USB cable, select "back up files" from the camera console, and it shows up as simple external storage. The files are in .mod format, which is immediately playable by Totem, mplayer and vlc.

Editing is another matter -- I first tried Pitivi, but it didn't work very well for me. The interface is simple enough, but when I tried to trim a clip and render a theora movie, the result was that the video frame freezes where I wanted to trim it, but the sound just keeps going until the original end of the clip. Shoddy.

Next up was Kino. This works quite well, except for an occasional crash, and a very annoying bug that makes the sound lag the picture by about 2 seconds -- but only while editing. When rendering, everything matches perfectly. I'm sure this can be configured around if I ask the right people. I was even able to do some simple cheesy transitions between clips. See attached. :)

I also installed Cinelerra, but ran away scared. It's way over my head at the moment. For now, I'll stick with Kino -- seems to do everything I need it to do without too steep of a learning curve. Hopefully, the problems I'm seeing with it at the moment are just me cutting my teeth on it.


Anonymous said...

Editing is another matter -- I first tried Pitivi, but it didn't work very well for me.

Hopefully things will get better soon with Pitivi. Brandon Lewis.( is working hard on Pitivi for GSOC.

Plus Jonathan Thomas
( is also working on his own editor with Gstreamer.

And someone named Rick ( is also working on another linux NLE although this project is only beginning.

You may also be happy to know that works pretty good but a compile is necessary for fedora and there are a few dependencies not satisfied in the standard/livna repos.

And last , I expect, any day now ;-) a new release of Kdenlive

nicu said...

But how about the image quality? The sample you posted looks good but it is very low resolution. How large is the maximum resolution? How good is the image at that resolution?