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Open source as a civic duty

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I occasionally get asked why I spend so much of my free time writing software and giving it away for free. There are a number of reasons for this—I like to build things and I use it as an excuse to practice and improve my skills—but one of the most driving motivators for me is that I see open source contributions as a civic duty, a moral obligation to the rest of the world.

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MediaGoblin now seeking crowdfunding for growth

MediaGoblin

Remember when we told you about MediaGoblin, the open source media publishing system? Now they're building higher and higher, and they're looking for help.

As they write on the campaign page: » Read more

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Kdenlive Part 6: Workflow and Conclusion

Kdenlive Part 6.  Cut and Print.

Post-production is a long and involved process. As these articles have demonstrated, Kdenlive is capable of handling every step with efficiency and flexibility. In this final article, we will discuss the final export of the full project from Kdenlive, as well as examine the over-all free software workflow of post-production. » Read more

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Kdenlive Part 5: All About Audio

Kdenlive Part 5. All About Audio.

Traditionally, the film editing process was regimented and compartmentalized. The assistant editors helped organize footage, the editor cut the picture, a sound engineer mixed the sound tracks, and a music composer provided the score. In today's quickly evolving landscape of film production, these roles are becoming less clearly defined and many of these tasks are falling upon the editor alone. And in the independent world it's been this way for a very long time. » Read more

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Kdenlive part 4: Color correction

Good photography doesn't just happen. Careful attention to lens settings, depth-of-field charts, and lighting will produce quality images but even those, since the days of the earliest photography, have been taken into the darkroom and adjusted. » Read more

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Kdenlive Part 3: Effects and Transitions

Some of the compositing tools of Kdenlive

It is expected that even a modest video editor will feature a set of basic video transitions. The challenge is to offer critical effects without becoming bloated and unfocused in scope. Kdenlive manages to offer the most commonly required effects with all the standard options without sacrificing stability or quality. » Read more

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Kdenlive Part 1: Introduction to Kdenlive

Kdenlive

GNU/Linux has infamously been wanting for a good, solid, professional-level free video editor for years. There have been glimpses of hope here and there, but mostly the editors that have the look and feel of a professional application are prone to blockbuster-worthy crashes, and those that have been stable have mostly been stable because they don't actually do anything beyond very basic editing. Kdenlive changes all of that. » Read more

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An open source tutorial on an open source study on open source communities on open source...

Academics - students and teachers both - often want to know what open source community participation will "count" for. Course credit? Research and publication? Better tools to increase efficiency? Teaching? Presentation opportunities?

The answer is "yes." » Read more

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Open source for designing next-generation digital hearing aids

At 64 Studio, we use the Linux kernel with real-time patches to ensure reliable, glitch-free I/O for our customers' demanding audio applications. Having source code and full control over the design of the system means that we can tweak the machine for the best possible performance on the target hardware. Typically, our end users are in the "pro audio" market--music production, recording, or broadcast. When an audio engineer switches on their new mixing desk, they probably don't realise that it's actually an embedded GNU/Linux device, albeit one that weighs a few hundred times as much as their Android phone. » Read more

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