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My dad's currently using windows movie maker to try to make a video out of a series of JPEG images and some MP3s. He's not very happy with it, since Windows movie maker seems to downsample the source images he's used, and not very efficently - despite them being the same resolution as the output WMM is supposed to make, and the replaygain based audio level normalisation on the tracks don't work.

So, i'd want a free programme that has storyboard mode (else i'd use visualdub) that'll not try to change the resolution of images used to make a video (assuming all images are the same resolution), and preferably accept the normalised mp3 files we're using. WMM isn't a option, since Its what i'm trying to find a replacement for.

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You probably want to use Windows, but If you would like to give Linux a chance, you can try this distro: bandshed.net/AVLinux.html –  Maciek Sawicki Dec 15 '09 at 12:53
    
I run linux on a day to day basis. I really don't think i want to walk dad through another OS tho. There's a load of video editors... just that almost non run on windows –  Journeyman Geek Dec 15 '09 at 14:18
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Yeah, open-source video sequencers aren't really Quite There yet. It has long been a sore point on Linux, so much so that there are now multiple projects pushing through development, competing to become the favoured Linux video sequencer for the average user. Projects such as PiTiVi, Kdenlive, OpenShot... LiVES... Lumiera even.

But most of these are only partially usable even on Linux. Some have OS X builds. Windows builds aren't there yet. I would expect it to happen eventually as the Linux versions become more mature and developers can focus on other tasks like porting. But not today.

Today about all you've got that runs on Windows too is the video editor built into Blender. I don't think your dad's going to like that.

[To be fair, I never found a commercial video sequencer I really liked either, although Vegas probably came closest.]

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that's what i'm afraid of. There's a load of possibilities i'll try in linux, but its gonna be a bit of a pain, workflow and training wise :) –  Journeyman Geek Dec 15 '09 at 14:20
    
Yeah, it's not a happy situation... there's nothing as polished and complete in the sequencing space as there is with Avidemux in the raw processing space. If you do have a go with the Linux apps, be sure to use the very latest released versions, as development is moving fast and the old versions you may find in distros' package managers tend to be pretty much unusable. –  bobince Dec 15 '09 at 17:13
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