Roy Schestowitz wrote:
Linux Media Center Better Then Windows Media Center?
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There's one HTPC system we haven't covered. Linux MCE is a
free package designed to run on Ubuntu and Kubuntu that
combines several applications into a powerful system that
goes well beyond the scope of a traditional HTPC.
In addition to PVR functions, you get centralized control of
media appliances, as well as full home automation. This
includes support for lighting, climate control, security
cameras and a PBX with voicemail.
Linux MCE is now sold as an affordable appliance as well.
See Fiire below.
Yea sure. How about Soundforge, Cubase, Protools, Logic, and
all the VST instruments like Ivory, Garritan etc that go along
with Windows and Mac. How about plugins? Jack this you
weirdo.... Get real you Linux kook. Linux is a joke when it
comes to multimedia.
Cinelerra is a highly advanced and professional video editing,
but still remains open source. Cinelerra solves three main tasks:
capturing, editing and compositing. There is virtually no limit
to the video resolution so whether its standard or high
definition (hd) doesn't really matter in Cinelerra. And when it
comes to exporting it supports H.264, which most likely is going
to be the predominant format for hd video.
By utilizing OpenGL and compatible graphic cards Cinelerra is
able to preview your edited video in real-time - no rendering
required. This makes editing a much more simple and intuitive
task - giving you full creativity. Video effects can also be
added and Cinelerra comes with all of the standard effect plus a
few extras - this includes both audio and video effects.
And finally when you have to render your final movie - you can
setup a renderfarm of cheap workstations to do the job for you. A
renderfarm is a low cost way to get a whole lot of cpu power to
quickly solve you problems and finish your jobs.
In summation, I've done the research and deployed Linux on three
systems in a professional recording studio environment - and my
employers and staff could not be happier.
To begin, this operation is an audio production facility housed
inside a medium market radio station, the flagship of a
seven-station group. This is a very conservative company, and it
took a lot of arm-twisting to get them to allow this shift away
from the comfort zone of Windows.
A caveat here: These systems are not routinely doing elaborate
multi-track production, although that is quite possible using
open source software. Using a combination of Broadcast 2000, SND,
and ReZound, we have been creating some astonishing work. One of
our competitors recently paid $24,000 for a Windows-based
dedicated editing station that does little more than we can on
our $950 off-the-shelf PC running Linux (and they paid another 3
thousand dollars to fly in a trainer to teach their staff how to
These systems are primarily used for simple audio file creation,
shipping and receiving of same, CD archiving; the basic day to
day stuff. They are however running and in use 24 hours a day,
365 days a year. In seven months of continuous use, the original
Linux box has never lost a single byte of material, never locked
or crashed, and never needed a single re-boot. Two other systems
are equally stable and functional.
Now to the numbers: The office manager has accused me of
shuffling expenses. Our tech support and repair costs have
dropped to zero. I've posted two tech questions to the Mandrake
support site, and received the correct answers within 24 hours.
Any non-Mandrake questions I had along the way were answered by
simply typing the problem into Google. We paid $69 for Mandrake
9.0 Power Pack edition, and have installed it on three systems so
far - that's $23 per machine. For XP, it would have been $165 per
license, and several hundred dollars more for the additional
software required, again multiplied by three.
Increased productivity, greater stability, tighter security,
lower costs, higher quality finished product. Let the Linux FUD
slingers say what they will. At our facility, we're sold on the
viability of Linux and Open Source software as a professional
editing suite and desktop tool.
Using Linux For Recording & Mastering
Mirror Image Studios
The Linux Software
The Linux environment at Mirror Image is based around the JACK
low-latency audio server, the Ardour DAW and the Rosegarden MIDI
+ Audio sequencer (see my article on Linux and music in SOS
February 2003, available on-line at
www.soundonsound.com/sos/feb03/articles/linuxaudio.asp). As an
early user of Ardour, Parker thinks he probably produced the very
first full album to be made using the program — when it wasn't
even a beta version. "I knew it would be an almost intolerable
technical challenge, but felt the proof of concept would be good
for me and the Linux professional audio community. A feature that
I really appreciate that other DAWs don't have is the Sound File
Database (SFDB). It's a database interface to the file system — a
useful tool for anyone who intends to use large sample libraries."
Ardour has now matured to the point where Parker can consider it
for more projects, although there are still a few glitches to
work out as of the second beta release, which will lead to
version 1.0. But the potential for efficient, stable and highly
flexible technology offered by the Linux system keeps Parker
motivated ("I'm no good at benchmarking, but I have put this
system under some real-world stress tests and the performance is
incredible"). Despite claiming to be a non-technical user when it
comes to computers, Parker has been able to engage directly with
Linux audio developers. Parker's many hours spent behind a mixing
desk have provided useful experience that the developers need to
get the software right, so it's a two-way collaboration. This
partnership effort has helped the development of new applications
that will complete a pure Linux setup at Mirror Image, from first
take to finished CD.