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List Unused Assets in a Cinelerra XML Project File

November 30, 2009 - 2:39 pm

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This is a bash script which contains a function used to figure out which assets in a Cinelerra project are not required for the edit list. I created it because I had pulled in a couple of thousand media resources for a project and wanted to eliminate bloat. I moved the project and found it […]

Test File Paths in a Cinelerra XML File

November 30, 2009 - 2:33 pm

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This is a bash script to test all the filenames and paths in a Cinelerra project to make sure they are still valid. #!/bin/bash #kk #kk #kk check a cinelerra xml file to make sure the file references are all valid #kk provide filename to check as parameter if [ -z “$1″ -o “$1″ […]

Creating Subtitles/Captions for a Video Project

November 25, 2009 - 5:56 pm

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I’m working on a quick 20 minute video for a non-profit group (and I do mean quick — less than two weeks from initial contact to the premiere). Everything has come together pretty nicely and I’ve finished the editing to my satisfaction in Cinelerra. Because some of the interviewees in the video have impaired speech, […]

Reinstalling A Corrupted Ubuntu Karmic Upgrade

November 25, 2009 - 11:08 am

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I have previously posted about my own Karmic upgrade problems. In my case, the system crashed in the middle of the upgrade (due to my own fault, nothing to do with the upgrade itself as far as I know), causing my half-upgraded system to be unable to mount the root filesystem and dropping me into […]

Looking at Video File Metadata

November 16, 2009 - 10:49 pm

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Three choices as per the details here: tcprobe -i filename ffmpeg -i filename midentify filename Info on file types here. I’m trying to understand video formats to make it easier to transcode for various purposes. I’ve found some useful links: > the DV, DVCAM & DVCPRO Formats HDV vs HD: A Primer Digital Video […]

Logging out with the Cairo dock

November 15, 2009 - 7:40 pm

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I’ve decided to take advantage of my new powerful laptop and enable a little eye candy. I’ve tweaked Compiz to my liking and enabled the Cairo dock (I used the Avant Window Navigator for a couple of days and liked it as well, but Cairo is even better). I’ve been able to set up my […]

Ubuntu Karmic Koala Upgrade

November 15, 2009 - 7:22 pm

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I have upgraded from Jaunty to Karmic on my Dell XPS 1610 and everything seems to work great. My upgrade was interrupted (my own fault for running another application at the same time and having it crash) and caused some serious problems for a few hours while I tried to fix it. The symptom was […]

Cinelerra Audio Sync Problem on Ubuntu Jaunty

November 13, 2009 - 6:39 pm

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Everytime I try to set up Cinelerra on a new project or on a new system configuration, it takes a while to get everything working well. In my case, I have several new variables to contend with: I’m starting with HDV footage from a new camera, I have a new machine, I’m using a new […]

Capturing Old VHS Tapes

November 13, 2009 - 4:04 pm

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Yes, I’m digitizing everything — it’s like all of my belongings are slowly being vacuumed up into the computer. This time it is VHS tape I’m working on. I’m not concerned about commercially recorded tapes — I got rid of all of those a while ago. Rather, I want to capture the tapes we have […]