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Kino is a non-linear DV editor for GNU/Linux
Kino is a non-linear DV editor for GNU/Linux. It features excellent integration with IEEE-1394 for capture, VTR control, and recording back to the camera. Kino captures video to disk in Raw DV and AVI format, in both type-1 DV and type-2 DV (separate audio stream) encodings.
You can load multiple video clips, cut and paste portions of video/audio, and save it to an edit decision list (SMIL XML format). Most edit and navigation commands are mapped to equivalent vi key commands.
Also, Kino can export the composite movie in a number of formats: DV over IEEE 1394, Raw DV, DV AVI, still frames, WAV, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4. Still frame import and export uses gdk-pixbuf, which has support for BMG, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PPM, SVG, Targa, TIFF, and XPM. MP3 requires lame. Ogg Vorbis requires oggenc. MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 require mjpegtools or ffmpeg. MPEG-4 requires ffmpeg.
The current release introduces an experimental fx module, which is accessed from the FX tab in the main window. It provides some basic audio and video fx such as importing, filters and transitions for audio and video. It also provides some basic plug-in functionality to allow third party extension.
Currently, Kino does not support other video file formats or encodings. It does not support multiple layers or tracks of video and audio. We plan to implement most of these features, but first we chose to focus on the basics of IEEE-1394, video, audio, and file input and output. We place a lot of emphasis on quality, stability, performance, and workflow.
Here are some key features of "Kino":
Free Software (GNU GPL)
GTK+ 2.0 (GNOME) UI
XML (SMIL like) project file format
GDK or XVideo
Peer and developer support forums
User interface translated to Danish, Swedish, French, Czech, and Spanish.
Extensible project metadata system.
Ability to "publish" project file and still frames using an extensible scripting interface.
DV-based (libdv codec)
PAL or NTSC
AVI (type1 or type2) or Raw DV files. with large AVI (OpenDML) and LFS (>2GB) support
IEEE 1394 (Linux 1394) capture and export
IEEE 1394 transport control (AV/C)
USB Jog/Shuttle transport control
Fast and frame-accurate navigation/scrubbing
GUI transport controls, scrub bar, and shuttle control
Storyboard view with drag-n-drop
Trimmer with 3 point insert editing
Fine-grain thumbnail viewer (Timeline, but not a typical NLE timeline)
Drag-n-drop from file manager
USB Jog/Shuttle input
Undo/Redo up to 99X
IEEE 1394 DV Export
Export audio as WAV, Ogg Vorbis (oggenc), MP3 (lame), or MP2 (mp2enc)
Export (and import) multiple still frames as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, PPM, and others
Export audio/video as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 (with mjpegtools or ffmpeg)
Export raw DV via pipe, which is extensible with shell scripts.
Background generator: solid colour, gradient, colour range, noise, and image import
Effects plugin API (API not yet stable)
Reverse (i.e. inverse or negative)
Fade to/from colour
Barn Door Wipe
Colour Differences (and Similarities)
Dub (from external file)
Mix (from external file)
(optionally libquicktime and libavformat)
What's New in This Release:
Bugfix SMIL 2.0 parsing on numeric locales not using period as decimal point.
Update FFMPEG export scripts to support latest version.
Added SRT subtitle SaveAs option that supports user metadata.
FX/Audio Transitions Dub and Mix now under Audio Filter.
Improved Type 2 AVI parser.
Automatically stop capture at end-of-tape (when AV/C enabled).
Russian translation update.
various bugfixes and cleanups.
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