I “roll my own” Debian w/ Mate. It’s my own script based build and ultra slimmed down with no additional packages installed. I can do everything I need to do except edit video - and I desperately want to use Shotcut…
I’ve tried in the past to get Shotcut to work, and it was loaded with missing package errors (more than just gstreamer) due to the lightweight build. As a workaround I’m dual-booting ‘windows’ with Premiere. I don’t like either - at all. We’re an open source / *nix only family (I’m a server guy) and I don’t like breaking tradition just to edit videos… Premiere has finally pis**d me off enough (complicated does not equal better) to want to solve Shotcut on Debian.
‘windows’ wouldn’t even be in this house if it weren’t for issues editing video (editing with gpu acceleration, stabilization, color grading, key-frames - I’m not talking about OpenShot style simple editing).
From memory I think I was missing mlt, ffmpeg and gstreamer. If I remember right I had issues rolling back gstreamer from the Deb 9 repo - I think it was 1.1 and I needed 1.0… There was a list on the download page that listed packages - I followed that and still couldn’t get it working.
So my three questions are:
Is there a standalone that already has the missing packages at the correct version (would solve rollback issue). I did try the portable version last time to no avail - that was probably over 6 months ago, so maybe it’s changed?
Is there a way to turn on debug or a much more verbose output that will tell me specific packages and their versions I’m missing to standard out? I turned on verbosity last time and it didn’t help to identify - so I’m asking about something more verbose than that, like debug or a stack trace. I don’t really want to deal with dependency building this way.
Is there a tutorial that will list the packages and point to their correct versions, preferably in .deb form (vs adding repos)? Or, better yet - a script that would check versions and pull them from a github or similar? I would prefer this method. In fact, I think I remember some site that had a blueish/purple background that tried to list requirements - I followed that too, but I was missing more than what it called for.
Note that the last time I tried, I was able to get the program up. From memory, there were issues with missing icons (yes, I use my own icon set) so the interface didn’t look right (non-issue, I can fix it) and I couldn’t get stabilize to work (that is an issue, yes, ffmpeg was installed). The biggest problem was that there were still tons of errors on the back end - that broke my confidence… I want to feel very confident as these are more than just moving images - they’re our memories.
I’m sold on Shotcut… …and would prefer to just have a list of what to install vs the “needle in a haystack / throw everything at it” process I used to try to get it half-working last time - along with no significant errors on the backend.
…so I haven’t tried installing it again as I’m obviously wanting to “install and go” thereby avoiding the same hassle - which means I don’t have a log for you.
-> Lastly, thank you to the devs and the mlt guy - you’re fixing what keeps *nix desktops from the mainstream and making the world a better place!
Thanks in advance to all who put effort into their replies!