Quite obviously, musicians and the people around them have a great need for video editing software — not only because YouTube is a popular place to listen to music, but because videos have so much promotional value. Tour diaries, talk-to-the-camera confessionals, live show videos, viral stunts, and other types of videos are all part of the gameplan for recording artists these days.
However, there’s no good way to edit video on Linux, meaning that freedom-loving open-source types have to switch to Mac or Windows if they want to put together a video.
Sriram Ramkrishna, director of GNOME Foundation, told us he’s trying to change that at SXSW 2014, by raising funds to hire full-time programmers to build the beta Pitivi Linux video editor (pictured above), based on the GStreamer multimedia framework, into a full 1.0 version that anyone can use.
“This is about trying to improve the video editing experience that we have in GNOME,” explained Ramkrishna. “We don’t have, under Linux, a very good experience with media, at all. And video editing is one of those things, which a lot of people do… [Pitivi] also improves GStreamer, because we have to work with that lower-level library, so then, everybody benefits. Video editing, even music — everything gets better by supporting this program.”
“We have been using only open-source software, and have been promoting Creative Commons and open ideas,” said Goetske. “Even though we’re coming from really hardcore open-source values, and ideas, at the point when it comes to video editing, everybody has shifted to a Mac, because there is just no good software [for making music and other videos on Linux].”
If you’re a Linux music and/or video person who wants to see this happen, you can donate here.
And as a side note, if you’re looking to get into Linux, you might check out GNOME 3, which Ramkrishna demonstrated on a ThinkPad, and which looked pretty simple and slick, especially for Linux, with no need ever to use the terminal interface, and a nice music player control extension right there in the toolbar.