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Are You Fedora? (Video 1)

How This Was Done

I filmed various folks introducing themselves at FUDcon. I got around 40 or so videos (some were do-overs). :) This video includes the first batch of individual videos I trimmed. I tried to use PiTiVi but the video it exports doesn’t appear to be playable. It crashes when I add an audio track and then export as well. So there’s no swanky background music on this video yet. I ended up using kino, which unfortunately meant having to use a non-Fedora repository. :( However, the final product was rendered to ogg.

If you have flash working the following link will be more convenient for you maybe: I Am Fedora: Video 1

Do You Want To Be in A Video?

Have a video camera or a webcam & cheese? Send me a video of yourself (look straight at the camera) saying, “My name is [your name], my IRC nick is [your IRC nick], and I am Fedora” and I’ll add your video to the pool of video clips for making more videos in the future.

PiTiVi Help

Is there anyone reading this who has some proficiency with PiTiVi willing to give me some tips on getting usable output and getting imported audio tracks to work? My use-case is simple: I want to take an already ready-to-go video and just layer a background music track on top. Kino doesn’t seem to handle extra audio tracks at all. :(

(I really like the Burnt Toast for Breakfast album by Sum-1 and thought it would make some good background music. I was thinking of using track 9, called “Monkey Business.” The album is Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.)

About Máirín Duffy

Máirín is a principal interaction designer at Red Hat. She is passionate about software freedom and free & open source tools, particularly in the creative domain: her favorite application is Inkscape. You can read more from Máirín on her blog at blog.linuxgrrl.com.

Discussion

12 thoughts on “Are You Fedora? (Video 1)

  1. I may be able to help…

    PiTiVi is still a little rough to use. Have a look at Avidemux. It sounds perfect for what you want to do. ;)

    heathenx

    http://screencasters.heathenx.org

    Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008, 1:13 am
    • Re: I may be able to help…

      Hi heathenx! I love your inkscape tutorials, thank you for them!

      I tried avidemux but it won’t let me open my ogg movie file nor will it let me import the ogg music file. :( Does it just not work with ogg?

      Posted by mairin | June 23, 2008, 4:16 am
      • Re: I may be able to help…

        You are right. Avidemux doesn’t work with input ogg files (bummer) but that shouldn’t stop you. You can do a quick convert of your video ogg file to avi with this mencoder script (install mencoder if you do not already have it…should be in your repos): mencoder input.ogg -ovc lavc -oac mp3lame -o output.avi. Then you’ll need to take your extra audio track and convert that into mp3 or wav (Audacity). Now you should have formats that Avidemux likes to work with. Once you get them into Avidemux you can send the final video into the OGM (the new Theora video container) container.

        It seems like a hokie way of doing things but Avidemux is pretty stable in Linux once things are in the right format and that’s why I try to use it when I can. Another you might like is Kdenlive. I have used it for a few things and it’s rather stable as well.

        Of course, no pressure from me. You should use the tools that you are comfortable using. What works for some doesn’t always work for others. If Avidemux isn’t your thing then there are others to choose from. ;)

        Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008, 11:08 am
  2. Doesn’t work on fedora 9?

    If I try to play in totem (with no ugly codecs installed) it doesn’t play. Only a single frame pops up followed by “failed to connect to stream”

    Oh well.

    Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008, 9:33 am
    • Re: Doesn’t work on fedora 9?

      Really? I don’t have ugly codecs installed on f9 and it works for me. :( It’s ogg format… which link did you click on, because one link is to the blip.tv flash?

      Posted by mairin | June 23, 2008, 2:18 pm
      • Re: Doesn’t work on fedora 9?

        I think I have what you want. Is this about what you are looking to do?

        Filesize: 6.6MB

        http://misc.heathenx.org/Mairin-IAmFedora740_hx.ogm

        I had to do a little Audacity-fu since your original video audio and the extra sound track audio was mismatched.

        Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008, 3:05 pm
        • Re: Doesn’t work on fedora 9?

          So it sounds great! But I can’t see it. :( It gives me the codeina popup when I play it. :( Maybe I’ll try to install some ugly codecs and see if it works then.

          Posted by mairin | June 23, 2008, 3:56 pm
          • Re: Doesn’t work on fedora 9?

            Hmm. I wonder if I made a mistake with the video inside of the OGM container. That’s likely why you cannot see the video. Honestly, I forgot to check that. Doh! I know the audio is OGG.

            Heading out to lunch. I’ll have a look at it when I get back.

            I would hold off installing the ugly codecs (unless you feel you want to install them).

            Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008, 4:08 pm
            • Re: Doesn’t work on fedora 9?

              Oh okay thanks! I’ll wait for your next version. Thanks so much for helping me with this!

              Posted by mairin | June 23, 2008, 4:56 pm
              • Re: Doesn’t work on fedora 9?

                I’m sorry. Take just about everything that I said and throw it out. I don’t know what I’m talking about. :) This wasn’t difficult to do but it did take a few extra steps to keep the formats completely open (Theora and Vorbis). Avidemux isn’t going to cut it here. Maybe I should have kept my big yapper shut.

                In the end I had to use a little ffmpeg2theora to convert an avi into ogg Theora and oggz-tools/oggzmerge to combine the ogg Theora and ogg Vorbis files into one video. Sheesh!

                Try this one (File size is a little smaller than the previous):

                http://misc.heathenx.org/Mairin-IAmFedora740_hx.ogg

                If that works for you then I can email you the steps that I took. No ugly codecs involved.

                Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008, 5:42 pm
                • Re: Doesn’t work on fedora 9?

                  This is PERFECT! Thank you! :) Would you mind emailing the steps?

                  Posted by mairin | June 23, 2008, 6:14 pm
  3. Good to see some quality promotional material, though I’m not entirely sure I understand the concept of being Fedora?

    Posted by Anonymous | June 23, 2008, 2:28 pm
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