One of the complaints working on the Windows and Linux side is we really do not possess a good, free, open source video editor. For the Windows side, yes, we can purchase Adobe Premier, but as a small-scale video ‘tinkerer’ Premier really goes beyond what I need. I did need something more than Windows Movie Maker offered though.
On the Linux side, our choices are even more limited. I tried Cinerella and a few others, but video editing definitely is lacking on this side of things.
Along come VideoLAN Media Creator. VideoLAN, you may recognize, also maintains the best media player on Mac, Windows, and Linux. More commonly known as VLC, VideoLAN takes the honor of the title ‘MacGyver’ of audio-video media. VLC will play anything. Anytime I cannot play a file in Windows, Mac, or Linux, I know VLC will play it. Plus I create many playlists with it and sync those between computers.
So now VideoLAN offers video editing. I downloaded the Windows addition. Currently they offer downloads for Windows, ArchLinux, Fedora, and a few others. No Ubuntu or Debian packages and no source code yet. On my Vostro 1320, VLMC comes up with the screen you see in the image. A two-panel screen showing the clip preview and the project preview. They you have tools for each and a video and audio timeline. It also appears you have room for more timelines. The Media List box rounds off the main screen, from which you choose your content.
While early on, an early release that ‘will (probably) eat your dog,’ I look for continued good things from this project. I hope this may finally bring stable video editing to Linux and more functionality to Windows, without forking over a few hundred dollars for top end editors. I will keep you posted on my experiences!