Software

This is the software we currently use to run our editing stations:

Ubuntu Studio (www.UbuntuStudio.org)

Ubuntu Studio is a free and open source operative system, and an official flavour of Ubuntu. Ubuntu Studio is the most widely used multimedia orientated GNU/Linux distribution in the world. It comes preinstalled with a selection of the most common free multimedia applications available, and is configured for best performance for the Ubuntu Studio defined workflows: Audio, Graphics, Video, Photography and Publishing. Ubuntu Studio is a community effort, created by volunteers, targeted towards all skill levels, from beginner to pro, and aims to be easy to install and easy to use, as well as provide all the tools nessecary for any type of media content creation.

We also use kdenlive (www.kdenlive.org) for video editing, Audacity (www.audacityteam.org) for audio editing, GIMP (www.Gimp.org) for photo editing, and several other mainstream Open Source programs for other tasks. We also use YouTube (www.YouTube.com) as a collaborative tool for some things as well as the "standard" output channel for publishing final content. Of course there are other options for all facets of this work, and we don't want to set any limits on what you do. In most cases, we have good reasons for our selection of tools, even if it is simply "it works."

All of these tools are included with Ubuntu Studio, so it is usually not necessary to do anything more than the base installation of Ubuntu Studio. However, the processing and disk I/O requirements are such that Ubuntu Studio should be installed rather than trying to run if from a USB stick.