GNU/Linux is ruling the roost today – it dominates almost every aspect of our lives by powering devices that we use without consciously knowing that it’s running Linux. One area where GNU/Linux is still behind is the consumer desktop market which is dominated by Microsoft.
Linux’ struggle in the desktop space is catch 22 – a school of thought says Linux is not succeeding due to lack of mainstream apps, whereas the other school of thought says developers are not interested in the platform as it doesn’t have the user-base they need to make it a viable platform for some investment.
While the desktop itself is declining (we will discuss about it sometime later), there will always remain a strong demand for the desktop in the specialized market. Some of these markets include gaming and audio and video production.
Arrival of Steam for Linux may change the gaming landscape for Linux and if it can show a decent market, more players may enter. That leaves us with video and audio editing. As an amateur film maker, I do see a dearth of professional grade film edition software for GNU/Linux. There are many applications such as KdenLive, but none come closer to the likes of FCP (older), Avid, Media 100, Adobe Premier or Sony Vega Pro.
While my quest to fine a good open source video editor for GNU/Linux may not end anytime soon, I have good news for those who are looking for a casual yet promising video editor.
If you ever dabbled with video editing on Linux, I assume you are aware of Open Shot. If not, let me tell you that Open Shot is a great open source video editing software for Linux.
Open Shot can take your videos, photos, and music files and help you create the film you have always dreamed of. Easily add sub-titles, transitions, and effects, and then export your film to DVD, YouTube, Vimeo, Xbox 360, and many other common formats.
Open Shot has a very bright future as it just ran a successful Kickstarter campaign. Jonathan Thomas, the Open Shot founder, writes on the official blog:
I am still waiting for Amazon Payments and Kickstarter to release the funds to me. I’m not sure how long it typically takes for this to happen, but I just wanted to let everyone know I am still waiting for the funds. I will be making equipment and supply purchases once the funds clear, so I will keep everyone updated on this front.
Another good news is that the project is switching from Gtk to Qt. Thomas says, “One of the biggest decisions we have made so far is to switch the user interface toolkit that OpenShot uses from GTK+ to Qt. We have carefully considered our options, and our team believes it is the only reasonable path forward.”
When I said Open Shot is very promising, the above two were not the only reasons for my belief.
Thomas says, “I have many more updates to share as well, but I’ll be spreading them out over a week or two. Things such as hardware acceleration plans, distributed editing (i.e. video server) prototype & update, and more improvements to our timeline interface. Stay tuned!”
So, if you have not tried Open Shot yet, do give it a try. It’s available in official repositories of major GNU/Linux distributions.