On my blog a lot of commentators who are fans of M$ begin to harp about how that other OS has huge advantages in choices of applications, graphics and in particular video editing, whenever they are losing an argument.
I don’t do a lot of video but those who do often use GNU/Linux. From the links provided by a reader, it seems the history stems from use of UNIX operating systems, and graphics on UNIX workstations. It was natural and easier to switch from high-cost hardware and software to GNU/Linux on commodity hardware.
So, the naysayers are “out to lunch”. Their pet “video editing” section is dominated by GNU/Linux:
- Linux in Hollywood
“Linux made Yoda a lightsaber-wielding action figure. In Lord of the Rings 2, waves of Orcs attacking the colossal fortress at Helm’s Deep are not thousandsof human extras, but digital actors created using Linux. To consumers,Linux may rank third after Windows and Macintosh, but Linux dominates motion pictures more than anyone but studio insiders may realize. It has been used to produce more than 30 blockbuster films, including Lord of the Rings, Star Wars: Episode II, Harry Potter, Shrek,and Titanic.”
- The Day the Earth Stood Still
“â€œLinux is an integral part of what we do here at Wetaâ€, says Production Engineering Lead Peter Capelluto. â€œIt’s very well suited for the dynamic needs of the visual-effects industry. Our department would have a much more difficult time accomplishing our goals with any other operating system.â€
â€œWeta predominantly uses Linux for our workstations and also for our renderfarm and serversâ€, says Capelluto. â€œThere are a few applications that require the use of Mac OS X, Windows and Irix. Whenever possible, we use Linux. The open-source nature of Linux and the many Linux applications are a major advantage. We also prefer it for stability, low cost, access control, multiuser capabilities, control and flexibility.â€ Capelluto’s department develops pipeline software, such as the digital asset management system and the distributed resource management system for their renderfarm.”
- WETA is hiring
Look what they want:
“Jobs available at Weta
1st May 2012
We are currently looking for an enthusiastic and approachable person to help maintain our desktop computer infrastructure. Applicants should be conscientious, strong in problem solving and attention to detail, work independently as well as in a team and occasionally be prepared to work flexible hours. This is a desktop support position and an ideal skill set will include:
* An good understanding of the Linux desktop operating system. In addition, a working knowledge of Windows and OSX would be an advantage.
* General computer knowledge (including networking, applications, hardware)
* Great customer service
* Experience working in an IT support role (eg on a helpdesk or as a technician)
* A tertiary or industry IT qualification
* A film industry background (either onset or post-production) would also be viewed favourably.
All candidates must hold New Zealand or Australian residency.
Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and complete the technical online questionnaire at www.wetadigital.com”
So, knock it off, naysayers. GNU/Linux is a general-purpose operating system. There isn’t anything a computer can do that GNU/Linux cannot facilitate, including graphics and editing video.