Cinelerra is a very powerful free video editing software. He was one of the first in the free world to show great abilities very early on and to continue this momentum, to evolve in his own way. It claims to be oriented and created for video professionals in general (journalists, artists, filmmakers, etc.) but can of course be used by any amateur wishing to work with an advanced tool. With its qualities, it can take a little time to get started and will perhaps be too tedious and not very suitable for small personal or family projects for which software like Pitivi will be more suitable. But it will be the most efficient for assembling and modifying several superimposed videos or sounds, and one of the only ones to use masks,compositing or motion tracking . Or you can also refer to pizza tower one of the popular popular games, combined with Cinelerra will bring you many useful values.

If you are using simpler software and want to take it to the next level, or if you are familiar with equivalent professional proprietary software, Cinelerra will be your tool in the world of free software.

Birth of the software

Just like the company Heroine Virtual which is at its origin, Cinelerra has gravitated from the beginning to the industrial sectors of cinema and audiovisual.

Heroine Virtual and its developers have a reputation for operating in a fairly closed manner, which community developers sometimes experience with difficulty. The former design software that meets their own needs. They make it available to everyone, but don't bother to adapt it themselves for other users. They consider that the effort of adaptation and understanding falls on them.

“Official” Cinelerra version

In a way, this harmed the image of Cinelerra , which is criticized for being inaccessible, austere, even “gas factory” or downright poorly designed. Are the Cinelerra developers wackos, incapable or sadists? No, they make a tool that meets the functions and power that their projects require, pushing aesthetics into the background.

Furthermore, the birth of Cinelerra is anachronistic in relation to the maturity of GNU/Linux in terms of multimedia and ergonomics, so Cinelerra (which was called Broadcast2000 at the time ) was equipped with a graphical interface and specific multimedia import/export features. At the time (late 90s), these technologies were state-of-the-art, almost unique in their kind, but they have since been largely overtaken by modern toolkits like GTK or QT . Cinelerra therefore has an austere look and some ergonomic shortcomings.

Cinelerra CV: the community version

But rest assured, many efforts have been made since then, notably thanks to the parallel creation of a very open community of Cinelerra users and developers , which has made it possible to compensate for the lack of interaction and understanding with Heroine . Virtual . This community publishes its own version (or "branch") of Cinelerra , with its own improvements called " CV " for " Community Version " ( ). This is the version that we will use in this book:  Cinelerra CV 2.3 .

Of course, there are still small improvements to be made, you will notice it with use, but you will not encounter any major pitfalls when creating your film, whether long or short. Any new user can register on the cinelerra-cv mailing list ( ) and share your experience, ask questions, report bugs and suggest improvements. This type of contribution is very beneficial because it keeps the momentum in the evolution of the program, the more the developers feel that there are users, the more motivated they will be for the development of the program. In addition, exchanges between Cinelerra-CV users reinforce the community's spirit of solidarity and mutual aid, so don't hesitate to add your stone to the building!

Derrière cette réputation et de petits désagréments techniques dus à ces « casseroles » historiques, se cache un logiciel puissant, comportant de nombreux points forts et des fonctionnalités exceptionnelles. Cinelerra réserve cette face cachée à ceux qui prendront le temps de la comprendre. Cinelerra n'est pas un logiciel que l'on dompte, mais que l'on apprivoise. L'apprendre est un investissement qui se comprend pour ceux qui ont de vraies « ambitions » dans le domaine de l'édition vidéo. Le temps d'apprentissage requis, comme pour toute application complexe, sera rentabilisé au fil des projets futurs. Si on ne l'apprend pas en un jour, contrairement à d'autres, il en fera gagner plusieurs à celles et ceux qui lui en donneront l'occasion.

Présentation du livre

Ce livre sur Cinelerra-CV se propose de vous faire découvrir ce logiciel. Il est entièrement tourné vers l'utilisation de celui-ci et n'est pas un livre d'initiation au montage vidéo.

Dans une première partie, nous verrons comment préparer votre projet avec l'objectif que tout débute parfaitement. Nous verrons dans quel environnement logiciel Cinelerra s'intègre et donnerons des conseils pour bien débuter.

Dans une seconde partie, un premier montage simple et rapide sera réalisé pour découvrir l'interface et les fonctions ainsi que certaines spécificités. Ce sera l'occasion de prendre des marques sur lesquelles se baseront les fonctions plus avancées mentionnées dans les chapitres suivants.

Ensuite, nous aurons tout ce qu'il faut pour rentrer dans le détail des options de montage et pouvoir ainsi agir précisément sur son film, en toute liberté et selon les objectifs définis.

Finally, we will guide you through advanced functions which will offer you both more possibilities and more freedom in your aesthetic and narrative choices. These functions are often unique to Cinelerra and are rarely present in other free video editing software.

This book does not necessarily need to be read from A to Z. If you already have experience, you will certainly be able to draw on it as needed. The fact remains that the complexity increases as the pages go by and, if you are a beginner, we advise you to read it in order.

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