[ale] ALE CENTRAL MEETING for Thursday, Feb. 12
aaron at pd.org
Wed Feb 11 01:38:43 EST 2004
Someone tagged me, so I'm it...
ALE Central Meeting for
Thursday, February 12, 2004, 7:30 pm
at the Emory University Law School
Desktop Linux for the Media Minded
- presented by Aaron Ruscetta
A ground up assessment of constructing a modern Desktop GNU
Linux system and Open Source software suite that supports, as
much as possible, the more common, midrange A/V media production
applications that can be purchased for (and are used frequently
by the presenter on) competing commercial systems.
The [realistic] base target of the project is the creation of a
semi-pro Linux Audio Workstation, but a complete list of the
optimistic goals for the final media system includes:
-- Built primarily from budget minded commodity computer hardware.
-- Based on a complete desktop framework from a well supported,
easily installed Linux distribution [no kernel re-compiling].
-- Support for basic CD and DVD burning for storage and
duplication of video, audio and computer data.
-- Hard/Soft support for GUI Multi-track Audio recording,
processing, format conversion and editing.
-- H/S support for basic IEEE-1394 DV video I/O and editing.
-- Support for basic video DVD authoring and recording.
-- Support for complex audio CD authoring and mastering.
This presentation is being undertaken on short notice and the
project itself is currently a work in progress. As a result,
the evaluation of the process and possibilities may be somewhat
incomplete, but the presentation should still prove informative.
Aaron Ruscetta is an audio, video and electronic media
production professional with more than 25 years of experience in
numerous media and computer disciplines. His career has included
many years of work in live broadcast production and directing,
plus more than a decade of work in state of the art commercial
video production, editing and electronic effects design. His
closely related interests in computer media technologies led him
into several cherished years of adjunct teaching of computer
arts, graphics, 3D modeling and animation at the Atlanta College
of Art. He eventually combined a decade of independent computer
studies with his extensive media systems knowledge to design,
program, implement and commercially distribute software and
hardware products supporting computer based video and non-linear
Aaron [aka Aarexx Aaron] migrated to Linux platforms in 1999
after more than a dozen years of [hyper]active usage, study,
advocacy and development work surrounding Amiga multimedia
computers. He served the Amiga community in numerous ways,
including frequent professional writing for periodicals and
filling volunteer leadership roles in the Amiga Atlanta users
group, where he was proudly awarded the title of "Videot
Savant". He is currently serving the Linux community as
associate moderator for the ALE Central meeting.
For the past few months now I have been tracking the progress of a
few of the more promising mid-range audio and video editing
projects, and have meanwhile been assembling [read: waiting for huge
bargains on] parts for building a dedicated Linux media work station.
A few recent package releases have convinced me to it's time to glue
all of the parts and research together, with the huge added
incentive being that that Michael Hirsch and I couldn't find another
volunteer to provide the main presentation for this month's ALE
I was also encouraged and aided by a timely article in the Linux
Journal. Starting with the January, 2004 issue, the magazine is
running a regular Linux Audio column written by the well recognized
Guru of the topic, Dave Phillips. The first installment included
reviews and installation hints for the latest Linux Audio
Workstation options, and served as a convenient guide for much of
what I am trying to try out for the presentation. You can check it out at
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