edit: OpenShot 2.4.x works now, but i'm still a ShotCut fan using v18.x
EPIC FAIL | Story time…
OpenShot v2.1 is an opensource video editor that everyone is raving about. It was super easy to get a project going and i really liked the ease of use. But I’ll be damned if i could export any video without a crash.
All my research suggested i needed newer version of ffmpeg and mlt. However, every time i tried installing newer packages from jessie-backports, it just did not work with any useful explanation.
$ sudo aptitude -t jessie-backports install ffmpeg libmlt6 No packages will be installed, upgraded, or removed. 0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 0 B of archives. After unpacking 0 B will be used.
It turns out there are commands that could help. Essentially you need to find package dependencies. Enter
aptitude why <package-name>or alternatively
apt-cache --installed rdepends <package-name>.
aptitude why ffmpeg ; aptitude why libmlt6reported their dependencies. After a few runs and a few un-installs (
sudo aptitude remove flowblade openshot kdelive) I was able to install newer
jessie-backports. Afterward I was able to re-install the above-mentioned removed packages.
It was s good learning session, but as it turned out OpenShot still crashed for exports – each and every time. I’ve also installed every possible codec to no avail.
So I was back to re-testing alternatives:
- Lightworks was too confusing; I really wanted this to work, but i don’t have that kind of time for the learning-curve right now, although I hope to graduate to it.
- Blender was far beyond overkill. This is primarily for animation, but also does simpler video edits. I want something normal people can use. (Not that I’m claiming to be normal)
- I didn’t get very far with Kdenlive either. I think I didnt give it a real good go, but none-the-less I moved on.
- Avidemux was way too simple for this project, but is super good for quick chops.
- FlowBlade v1.8 almost did it, so close, but i never had enough frames for successful crossfades (disolves).
- ShotCut v16.10 won! It just worked, every time! – Crossfade and export worked for my first project without complaints nor crashes. Thank you ShotCut Team!
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