For a long time I’ve been meaning to make a mock-up screencast of the Lumiera (the new non linear video editor for GNU/Linux) workflow. However, I haven’t really tried for real yet – just tought a lot about it.
I’ve edited much of my life, I started when I was still at the first school you go to. I don’t remember age, but somewhere around 7-9 years old. Over the ages I’ve become faster and more steady when it comes to editing movies. I’ve never liked the Cinelerra-method of editing though, with two different “modes”. Edit-mode and Move-mode (or whatever they’re called). I want to have tools mapped onto the keyboard, as that is much more effective in my mind. It is also a hell of a lot easier to learn and understand. Much of Cinelerra’s problem with me (except for the crashy-crashy behaviour) is that it has a strange method of editing.
When Lumiera gets usable, it’ll be mostly used by people who has not used Cinelerra before. That is why I’m rather sceptic to making it behave almost like Cinelerra. I know there are many people who use Cinelerra, but most use Final Cut Pro, Premiere, Avid or Vegas. And I also guess that we’ll see a lot of people who are not pro editors who want to use Lumiera for their projects.
Ok, I’m not so very concerned about these newbies; I want Lumiera to be my work tool, and I thus want it to be as effective as possible. This is how I often edit after using the normal two-screen to get a rough edit
Quick and dirty overview over my video editing workflow
I do trimming, splicing, moving and generally enhancing my edit. All of this is fast and I do it with one hand on the keyboard and one on the mouse:
I press «r» for Roll, press one corner and move it in, — the clip gets shorter, but the movie follows along from the back (so there is no gap). This is my most used tool, it can also be used in reverse, — then it lengthens the clip, showing more of it and pushing the other edits behind it further to the right. This makes the full movie longer.
When all of the clips are in the rhythm (so that it looks smooth and nice) I use the other roll-tool «r r» which doesn’t alter the length of the clip, but only what segment of the clip is shown.
I press «s» for Split, splitting the clip in two. This is a move I do remarkably often, and it frustrates me how hard this is in Cinelerra. Lumiera must not be the same. I sometimes split a clip, then i «r r» it (changing the time things is shown), making it jump in time. A jumpcut. It works perfectly for editing video to music, hip-hop-ishly.
Well, that’s why I want to make a video of it
It’s hard to explain it with words, it would be so much easier to show it with a screencast. Now that I’ve publicized my intentions, I guess it will be easier for me to just start doing it, and not wait around anymore.
I want Lumiera to be the best! :D