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Old October 18th, 2011, 10:44 PM   #1
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Editing Canon 60D files in Linux. Yes!

Yes, you can edit Canon dslr .mov files in Linux.

I have a old Acer Aspire AMD 8400 3 core computer with 4 gig of ram, and a mediocre video card. Just for kicks I loaded Linux Ubuntu 11.10 64 bit onto the machine. Which runs fast!

I then transferred raw video files from my Canon 60D unto the Ubuntu Desk Top directly from the sd card. I then added the video files to the timeline of a video software called Kdenlive. The preview playback of the raw .mov files was somewhat jumpy, but the files on the timeline were still workable. I experienced no crashhes. Just for kicks, I transcoded some of the files within Kdenlive to a provided DHxHD 720p at 220 mb/s codec. (I chose it based upon the fact that my output project was for the web). The DHxHD proxy files previewed in Kdenlive much more easily. Work flow was smooth.

This was my first experience with Linux and my first experience editing with Kdenlive. I'm only a average video editor, so I have not experimented with Kdenlive's full editing capabilities. Which appear impressive.

I rendered the following small test project to a mp4 using the 720p template provided in the Kdenlive render pull down menu.

Render times were faster than I have ever achieved using my Vegas Pro 8 or 10. Which shocked me.

Yes, I know that Lightworks is coming to Linux in a few months.

I never though a person could take an older computer, and by using only free software, edit video like this.

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Old October 18th, 2011, 11:02 PM   #2
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Re: Editing Canon 60D files in Linux. Yes!

A couple of months back I loaded Ubuntu to my system and learned similar lessons with KdenLive. I since upgraded my windows side to 64bit, and haven't attempted a reload of Ubuntu yet.

But the experience showed me that Linux editing has come a long way. Problem is there are some key tools I use on the Windows side that I just don't want to give up at this point.

I also have the Windows version of Lightworks loaded to my system now. I've had a bit of a struggle with Lightworks. Its GUI seems a bit confusing to me, but I have managed to do a few things with it that have impressed me. I used the keyer in Lightworks and felt it performed better than what I have used in other editors.
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