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CINELERRA

Unleash the 50,000 watt flamethrower of content creation in your Linux box. It's a movie studio with the efficiency of a box.

Cinelerra is not community approved and there is no support from the developer. Donations to community websites do not fund Cinelerra development.

Cinelerra is intended to be useful and fast, representing the most used features from 15 years of editing, but not compare to the leading commercial editors. By modern standards, it's probably minimalist.

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REAL TIME PROCESSING

Seeing Wavelab producing real time reverb and EQ in 1997 was the inspiration for real time processing in Cinelerra. Today, most every operation can be done in realtime, including processing of the time domain, out of order.

Also, track bouncing, side chaining, and reuse of effects between multiple tracks has always been supported. Media can be played through the timeline, from the capture source.

OPENGL

Cinelerra supports OpenGL on some NVidia graphics cards, which greatly accelerates playback. This depends on the card & driver. The standard for GPU programming has shifted over the years between NC, GLSL, & CUDA. Intel & ATI/AMD had their own standards. Cinelerra was written in GLSL, which only worked in NVidia & now seems to be the minority.

CODECS

Cinelerra does not support every codec ever invented, but it does support the most common WMV and FLV derivatives well enough to transcode them into a format suitable for editing. Most formats can be edited straight off the DVD, Blu-ray, or original file, without transcoding. The format that all your favorite online video networks import, H.264 video + MPEG4 audio on Quicktime, is the standard export format.

RENDER FARM

For most operations on a modern computer, you can get comfortable speed without a renderfarm. But just so you know, it's there. Renderfarm is supported for rendering and background rendering, creating a theoretically unlimited maximum speed.

The biggest difference between this renderfarm and normal renderfarms is you don't need to pay for node licenses. You can keep installing nodes without paying for either the operating system or the application.

FLOATING POINT

Store and retrieve images in the best possible fidelity with floating point imaging and file formats. Access OpenEXR, the official file format of Lucasfilm. Access CR2 images from Canon EOS digital cameras in floating point. Adjust color levels without losing information. Never have to guess how far out of range the colors are. Save high dynamic range intermediates for multiple steps without losing data.

64 BIT COMPUTING

Since it's Linux, it's been 64 bit compliant for years. In fact, Cinelerra is only tested in 64 bit mode. The reason is the large amount of virtual memory required for page flipping and floating point images often exceeds the limit of 32 bits.

THE BIG FEATURE LIST

There are a lot more.

ASSORTED FEATURES AUDIO EFFECTS VIDEO EFFECTS
Split pane editing
Compositing + editing
Still image panning
VU meters
Unlimited tracks
16 bit YUV compositing
floating point compositing
Background rendering on clusters
Free form editing
Firewire, MJPEG, bttv video I/O
Firewire, OSS, Alsa audio I/O
Batch capturing
Batch rendering
SMP utilization
Realtime effects
Quicktime, AVI, MPEG, and image sequence I/O
OpenEXR images
OGG Vorbis audio
64 bit internal audio representation
Headroom monitoring
LADSPA plugins
Bezier masks
Track routing like a real console
Track nudge for audio and video
Reverse audio and video in realtime
Bidirectional, variable speed scrubbing
Different overlay modes
Nested sequences
Text to movie
Compressor
Delay
Denoise
Despike
Parametric EQ
Gain
Reverb
Invert
Loop
Normalizing
Pitch shifting
Resampling
Reverse
Oscilloscope
Spectrogram
Synthesizer
Time based interpolate
Time stretching
3 way color
HDTV Standards conversion
Various Effect TV plugins
Slideshow scaling
Blur
Brightness/Contrast
Chroma Key
Color balance
Decimate
Deinterlace
Delay
Denoise
Difference Key
Downsample
Flip
Freeze
Gradient
Histogram
Hue/Saturation
Inverse Telecine
Invert
Linearize raw images
Linear/Radial/Zoom Blur
Loop
Motion Tracking
Oil Painting
Overlay
Perspective
Polar
Reverse
Rotate
Scale
Sharpen
Shift Interlace
Swap channels
Threshold
Time Average
Time based interpolation
Time stretching
Title
Translate
Scopes
Unsharp Mask
Wave
Whirl/Pinch

TRADE SHOWS

Cinelerra was shown at a few trade shows, back in the day.

Sig Graph 2004 NAB 2004 NAB 2001 NAB 2000

SCREENSHOTS

SCREENSHOTS

DOWNLOADS

Downloads have no support or warranty and are not community approved. Linux derivatives are so incompatible, don't be surprised if the source code requires some tweeks and the binary doesn't work.

SOURCE CODE tested on Ubuntu-14.04.1

64 bit binary tested on Ubuntu-14.04.1. Decompress and run ./cinelerra in the directory.

Cinelerra videos from the internet:

All these youtube videos are made on Cinelerra.
All these vimeo videos are made on Cinelerra.

NEWS

9/8/14 - Cinelerra 4.6 Split pane editing. OpenGL supported on Intel HD. Titler improvements. Bugfixes.

10/31/13 - Cinelerra 4.5 Speed curves mainly for video & in degraded quality for audio. Some control over whether automation follows edits. Ability to transfer keyframes between audio and video tracks. Motion temporaries are stored in /tmp/m and /tmp/r files. Time Avg clears the accumulator on keyframes.

9/7/12 - Cinelerra 4.4 Faster startup and responsiveness. Audio oscilloscope. Histogram updates. Audio gap removal. Better recording from webcams. Better live audio processing. Introducing the Bright theme for outdoor use.

8/5/11 - Cinelerra 4.3 has dropped. Mainly, playing around with text to movie synthesis, lots of bug fixes. Turn your script into an instant movie with live updating and seeking, with text to movie.

10/15/10 - Cinelerra 4.2 has arrived. Mainly a bugfix & personal need release. Of main interest might be the "Edit->Align edits" feature, which aligns all the audio edits with the video.
Then there's the keyframe spanning feature, where highlighting a region with keyframe generation on causes effect tweeks to span all the keyframes.
Then there's the fact that all assets are opened in subprocesses so they don't bring down the entire program when they crash.

9/24/09 - Cinelerra 4.1 has arrived. We finally have nested sequences.

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