Hello and thanks to Dan for your software. I really like your approach to making software. Brian et al too, thanks
- I don’t use many filters. In fact the linux distro I use doesn’t even have working html or webvfx framework (Archlinux). Doesn’t bother me, I’m doing fairly formal stuff so basic cuts and the odd blended piece of footage and this works well.
- I’ve usually got maybe 3 hours of footage that has been converted into Prores intermediate files in the timeline divided up into a dozen or so tracks and more in the playlist. I still haven’t worked out an efficient way to organise my footage. The last shoot had a B-cam and that added more complexity to this workflow. Basically, I love using the playlist, however, I think I need another level of organisation. Proper isolation of separate groups of clips. Bins basically or a playlist within a playlist. Just thinking out loud here.
- Stability was great this past month, maybe 150 hours of editing and maybe one or two crashes that I couldn’t attibute to a bug (audio waveform scope crashing the program (latest git built from source this past month).
- Love the shortcut keys for popping the various tools on and off the editor window. This is so useful.
- My workflow is to render out to another intermediate format and all of the audio tracks separately (stems) and then I process the audio in Ardour 5.12 with xjadeo and combine the finished audio and video finally with ffmpeg. This workflow allows for a lot of flexibility and allows for getting a professional setting of levels according to established practices (LUFS). This project which I hope to finish today I will try adding the compression and getting the levels where I want them using LADSPA tools. So
- I relied heavily on the video histogram as well as the video waveform tools in this project and it behaved quite bizarrely. Sometimes just freezing, then continuing, then freezing. However, it worked enough that I got the job done. Maybe it was 12 tracks in the timeline?
This is just feedback and if it’s of no use, feel free to delete (after you’ve read it). Summary, love the stability, please keep up the amazing work in that area. Fancy filters mean nothing me but I know it’s a part of your interest in making this software accessible and useful to a large audience (it means nothing to me got that song in my head now).
EDIT: One thing I just remembered I would like some feedback on Dan is I used a few short clips that were supplied by someone else and I didn’t bother transcoding them. They worked perfectly and I was able to do frame accurate cuts on them without a problem. They weren’t All-I (Intra) codecs either and I was surprised by this. That you can combine multiple formats into the same clip effortlessly I am certain is a big advantage to your software over other established products. I can imagine there is a huge amount of work in the background to make this happen and look as easy as it does.
My question is this, if I am able to get frame accurate cuts from bog standard h264 footage, what is the advantage to transcoding? Thanks again in advance for any replies