Will video editing programs be ported to Linux?

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Daniel Kelly \(AKA Jack\), Oct 27, 2004.

  1. Will any of the video editing packages currently available on Windows / OS X
    be ported to Linux? E.g. Adobe Premiere, Vagus, Final Cut Pro, Avid, Media
    100 etc? Please speculate / share rumours / give links to suggestive press
    releases etc...

    Here are some reasons why I think that this may (/ should) happen...

    1) OS X is Unix based and so a Linux port would be pretty easy for packages
    like FCP and Avid XPress.
    2) Avid have already released a version of iNews for Linux
    3) All the large animation houses use Linux for their 3D design and
    rendering so it would make sense to do the editing in Linux as well
    4) The onslaught of high definition video and digital intermediates needs an
    OS with a bit more ooompf that Windows
    5) Linux has several advantages for video: better file system, more stable,
    generally faster, runs in 64-bit mode on the G5 / AMD64
    6) Apple have released a version of Shake for Linux
    7) Discreet love Linux to bits.
    8) Most digital intermediate jobs are done on Linux
    9) Linux is free!
    10) Linux now has good support for FireWire, graphics cards, sound etc
    11) The use of networked render farms easier to Linux than to Windows
    because there's a long history of using Linux for clusters
    12) It would make a lot of sense for guys who sell whole editing systems
    (like Avid / Media 100) to use Linux because they could talor-make their OS
    for the exact hardware setup to squeeze every last drop of power from it.

    This post is a follow on from my previous post about video editing in Linux.
    One major conclusion from that thread was something like: Linux is a poor
    choice for a digital video editing environment because it doesn't have any
    mainstream editing tools so you'll be left out in the cold if things go
    wrong and you'll be unemployable. This problem would be solved instantly if
    there was a mainstream editing package for Linux.

    (also, I must again say a big THANKS to all those who contributed to my last
    post - it was one of the most productive and interesting newsgroup
    discussions I've seen in a long while)

    Thanks in advance,
    Daniel Kelly \(AKA Jack\), Oct 27, 2004
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    Peter Hayes Guest

    It isn't as easy as it might seem at first sight. The OS X programming
    interfaces don't have equivalents in Linux. Of course anything can be
    ported if you try hard enough, but it isn't simply a matter of a few
    tweaks and recompile.
    Shake isn't an editor, it's a compositor, but the Linux release is
    I look forward to 3DSMAX for Linux / OS X.
    The OS costs in a professional post production environment are peanuts.
    There are other more valuable reasons for using Linux or OS X.
    Peter Hayes, Oct 27, 2004
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  3. Great, thanks a lot for your replies.


    Daniel Kelly \(AKA Jack\), Oct 28, 2004
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    Johan Stäck Guest

    Johan Stäck, Nov 2, 2004
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    Chris Cole Guest

    Looks like Adobe are dipping their toes in the water...


    Chris Cole, Nov 4, 2004
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