I don't know about you, but Windows users frequently show me photos/DVDs/slideshows edited with the usual programs for video editing. Yes, I could use Windows, too (note: not one of my computers has Windows installed.), but I love using a Linux distro, particularly Ubuntu. So I chose to learn Cinelerra and discovered that, after the first impression, it's very easy software to use. The envy of the “Windows users” would be priceless.
You can arrange the Cinelerra windows any way you want. I set mine this way:
On resources to the left box I set text mode and to the right box I set icons (doing everything with right mouse button). If you lose a window (don't worry!) you can go to "window" in the main menu and try "show (your missed window)".
When you close Cinelerra, the program remembers your windows arrangement. If there is a problem, you can choose to return to Default Positions on the Window menu on the main window.
You can also find the important flags showing camera X Y Z that we will use later in our tutorial.
If you use Ubuntu, you probably need the following settings:
Go to Settings > Preferences
and set it this way:
We chose Alsa for the Audio Out driver and "Stop playback locks up".
If you are using PAL, select the video format 720x576 with 25 frames/sec. For NTSC, choose 720x480 with 30 frames/sec. In the last box choose "Import images with duration of" 8 seconds, or whatever length you expect most of them to show. You can lengthen or shorten them later. Back on the main window go Settings > Format and choose PAL or NTSC.
We are ready to go! Go to "File > Load files"
I know that the "load files" window is a bit spartan and without preview, but it is functional. You can choose to display icons, as I have done (the doll on the top). Click on the file to be imported. The name will appear in the next box down. The box below that shows what types of files are visible in the main list. Leave it as *. Choose “Create new resources only" and click the green check mark.
Now you can find your clips (represented by thumbnails) in the Media folder of the Cinelerra Resources window. Drag a thumbnail onto the timeline.
You can increase the duration of a still photo by dragging the edges of the thumbnail.
Set the compositor like this:
On the main window make sure you have selected the key icon meaning"generates frames when tweaking".
Now wind the movie to the start and go to the composer window. You can move the image around by holding down the left mouse button and dragging. You can also zoom holding down the shift key on the keyboard and moving the mouse cursor up and down. Now go to the timeline and move the white flashing line, then move the image in the composer one more time, then rewind and play the videoclip, you will be able to see the image moving on the video... looks good!
( If you lose sight of the lines of cameras use the button ).
Next: we will begin to learn how to mix multiple tracks and add video and audio.
byez Paolo Rampino and Dennis Kent.