[Cin] Youtube channel (@ Rafa Mar)

Andrea paz gamberucci.andrea at gmail.com
Sun May 24 19:50:36 CEST 2020

I wanted to propose a text as a basis for an introductory video to
CinGG's Youtube channel. Taking Ugin and Phyllis' advice to make
videos about the specifics of the program, it occurred to me to make
an overview of the main tools and put it on the front page of the
channel. The hope is that it will interest and intrigue new users. I
took the various points from the introduction of the manual.
If you have any advice, changes, additions and corrections let me know.

Note: if you feel like doing the video as well you are welcome,
because quality and aesthetic success is important and I am not very
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30 good reasons to use Cinelerra GG Infinity

In this video we will present an overview of the editing possibilities offered by Cinelerra GG, without going into explanations and guides. For further information and tutorials you can refer to the manual in pdf and various video tutorials found in this and other channels.

1- 30 overlays for alpha blending (Porter-Duff, also)

2- Dynamic keyframe support (curves, autos, toggles, Compositor and editing capabilities)
    In Cinelerra all plugins and tools are keyframable. It is one of the most powerful features available in this NLE.

3- Advanced editing tools: Proxy; openEDL; File by Reference; nested clip; nested assets
    Proxy are highly configurable and easy to use.
    OpenEDL allows to intervene only on a part of the project leaving the rest unchanged. Switching from the whole project to the part and then going back is immediate: a click of the mouse is enough.
    Cinelerra GG doesn't do destructive editing, but if it's convenient to alter the source you can use the File by Reference, which incorporates a partial EDL not as a copy but as a reference: every variation will be reported also in the original file, changing it forever; it's useful for example when we want to use the usual credits in more projects, altering a small part (the date for example?) to adapt it to the new project, but leaving the rest unchanged.
    The nested clips work the same way as in other programs: you edit a clip at will and then you can take it and use it in the same or other projects without having to repeat the changes each time.
    Cinelerra also offers the possibility of nested assets, so that they can be transported from one project to another. It's like rendering a project with various plugins and modifications and bringing it into another project. The difference is that there is no rendering, but only the transport of the EDL, with all the advantages of lightness, usability and modifiability.

4- Camera/Projector movement capabilities
    The Camera allows you to set a Viewport (from the input media) of the chosen size and aspect ratio. It also allows sophisticated Camera movements. The Projector allows you to choose the size and aspect ratio of the output and also to easily create Split screens. Everything is keyframable, of course.

5- Interview, live preview, search of edits on the timeline and search of sources in the Resources window
    To choose the media to bring on the timeline, start by examining the contents of the Resources window. You can magnify each source and run the first 5 seconds in order to select what you need most. We can also see the position it has in the timeline and also the position of the clip part in relation to the entire source from which it is taken. Finally from the Timeline we can select an edit and see which asset it refers to in the Resources window.

6- LV2 plugins (Calf Studio Gear)
    Being able to use the powerful LV2 plugins with their comfortable and beautiful GUI is an important improvement to be able to do audio mixing.

7- Batch rendering (without gui, also) and Render Farm
    You can launch the rendering of one or more projects even from the command line, without having to open Cinelerra GG; and decide the starting time. You can also distribute the time-consuming rendering calculations across multiple CPUs and multiple PCs on the network.

8- Hardware acceleration by vaapi, vdpau, nvenc/nvdec (some cuda plugins)

9- HiDPI support and scaling by resolution

10- Up to 8k and more

11- ShuttlePro/Xpress support

12- Many Stabilization and Motion Tracking tools

13- Capture and recording capability (broadcast TV, also)

14- Multi-cam with audio sync
    In Cinelerra it has always been possible to manage multi-cam; now we can do synchronization through audio waveforms.

15- Tools for DVD/BluRay creation/editing/mastering

16- Title plugin with unlimited script size; subtitle tool

17- Simple Motion Graphics with Sketcher plugin
    You can draw directly on the frames: lines, arrows, shapes, curves, etc., which we can then animate through keyframes.

    18- Advanced Trim features (Ripple, Roll, Slip, Slide and Edge) and Grouping edits

19- Debug e bug fixing
    Use terminal debugging tools (gdb, valgrind, prof2) and then contact the developers and quickly fix the found bugs. This is thoroughly documented in the manual.

20- Rich and powerful mask tool

21- Numerous configurable Videoscopes (and with graticulae provided by users)

22- Several Shortcuts
    It is easy to perform most operations using keyboard shortcuts. Editing becomes much faster.

23- User defined bin/folders

24- Patchbay tools with playback, fader, gang, arm, mute, mixers, nudge, gain and alpha blending operations

25- FFmpeg as main internal engine (codecs and plugins support)

26- Shared effects/Shared tracks
    You can use the same plugin on multiple tracks via shared effects, so that configuring the first one results in the same changes on the other tracks. This saves you time, small configuration differences between the different tracks, and you save a lot less stress on your system.
    Shared tracks bind a new track (full or empty) to the original track. In this new shared track we can apply plugins and various modifications leaving the original track unchanged.

27- Compositor window tools: masking; ruler; Cropping; Zoom, Safe regions, Color Picker and Camera/Projector

28- Background rendering
    When too many changes and plugins slow down the playback, we can use the Background render to have momentary renderings of the timeline that do not suffer from slowdowns.

29- Customization of dimensions, colors and transparencies for each track on the Timeline
    You can adapt the individual tracks (or all together, or all audio or all video) to our needs and get an optimal overview of the Timeline.

30- Many powerful audio mastering tools
    Cinelerra has always had powerful native audio mixer plugins. For example the new Multiband Compressor.

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