Linux Guide to Music & Audio Production PART-3 is OFFICIALLY in post-production!

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Below is a screenshot of the project in Kdenlive just after rendering:


And this close-up of the finished dialogue:

Total length is 1 Hour and 43 Minutes of 1080p videos with dozens of compositor sections including animations using images, and layering videos on top of each other. Kdenlive managed to render it to .mp4 using NVENC on my graphics card at highest settings in just 50 minutes 04 seconds. Pretty impressed by that alone.

That rendering is then imported into another project file that includes about 3 minutes of the intro sequence which you can see in this GIF:


Now I'm going through and watching the entire thing for little mistakes or changes that I need to make. So far I've found about 3. I'll fix them in the original project file and then render those small sections to be added to the Post-Production file(the GIF above) where I'll edit them in before the final render.

After that it's just a few hours in Inkscape & GIMP to make the thumbnail and it'll.....


I've been working on Part-3 for I think nearly a year now. Finishing this is like such a relief and weight off my shoulders. Just being able to say it's in post-production is such a relief.

Oh, and I have to finish the written document guide that will accompany the video series.

Which is also a lot of work honestly, but editing a document is easy in comparison to recording, editing, and compositing.

I plan to try to publish the written guide here on Hive to draw some more users to the platform.


That looks like a lot of work. Have you found the tools to be robust? I have done a little video editing on Linux, but I tend to do more with audio in Audacity and Ardour. Those do all I really need.

I will have a video project soon as I am looking to digitise some home movies. I will just be looking to edit some clips together. I may be using kdenlive.


Yes, and I've done it in spurts, and then kind of neglected it on and off. Also it never really feels "done". Even just tonight I did some editing on it despite thinking I was ready to render it.
I've found working with music on Linux to be very powerful. It can be a little over-complicated at times (as Linux tends to be), but you also get a lot of possibilities from the complicated parts.
Audacity is great, and I definitely need to cover it at some point in the series as I've already had people ask about why it hasn't been mentioned. I tend to use Ocen-Audio over Audacity for small things, but Audacity is definitely more powerful.
Ardour is excellent, and I think of it as the Pro-Tools of Linux. In all of the real studios that I've read about using Linux they rely on Ardour as their core software. I tend to do less recording of live music though, and more "producing" with virtual-instruments/beats so LMMS is my go-to. I was an FL-Studio user on Windows and LMMS is designed like a clone of it.

Speaking of home movies, I need to transfer a ton of VHS to digital and I'm terrified of doing it because tape seems so fragile to me. I'm tempted to send it to a professional because it's hours of important memories that I don't want to lose.

Linux does have some great tools and many are free to use, but I do pay something to the Ardour project. It can do far more than I need, but I could still use more features.

When I transfer my films I'll practice on some that are less vital as they may be fragile after 50+ years. I'm not sure VHS tapes would last this long.

I need to donate to a project. It's something I've been meaning to do.
I will probably donate to Kdenlive or Inkscape at some point in the future.
What features do you find are missing from Ardour?
Have you tried Harrison Mixbus? It's actually built on the same core as Ardour, and Steve Harris is one of the top developers on both projects. Mixbus costs around $90 US though, but their tracks/buses have built-in analogue-DSP engines to make it sound/feel more like a real console. I'd be willing to bet Ardour has far more users than Mixbus.

And yes the VHS tapes are usually quite frail after a long time. These have been stored well though. I know people who have had VHS that are quite old and put them in a VCR and had them work. I'm pretty sure the data can still be retrieved from them no matter what, but not with a tape-deck reel device.

I hope that eventually some open source projects will join Hive so we can support them with votes.

I'm not sure what Ardour might be missing as I have not used many other DAWs to compare. I still have lots to learn about it. I have not used Mixbus, but it does look good.


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