Cinelerra – The Forgotten Guide | Installation

Cinelerra only runs on Linux. Period. Forget Windows and forget Mac. So you’re probably running Ubuntu Linux. Other Linux distros should work as well. You need to know if you are running a 32-bit OS or a 64-bit OS. 64-bit OS is much better for processing reasons.

You want a 64-bit processor, but that only does you any good if you are running a 64-bit OS. You really, really want a multi-core processor. Cinelerra uses OpenGL so you need a decent graphics card. At least 1GB RAM is a minimum. If you don’t have a hard drive >= 500GB by now, now is the time to get one. Cinelerra is a hog, you can never have a fast enough processor or good enough graphics card.

Cinelerra doesn’t really require a whole lot of external dependencies, but there are a lot of other programs that you want in your workflow. Get mplayer, mencoder, ffmpeg, transcode, Gimp (should be installed already) and download img2list.

If you’re on 64-bit Ubuntu or Fedora, get Cinelerra here from Heroine Warrior. If you’re on 32-bit systems, get Cinelerra from here from The second link is to a fork of the original Cinelerra. The forked version is maintained and updated by the community, but lags in development from the main version. To find out more about the forked community version go here.

The 64-bit version from Heroine Warrior needs to be built from source code.  Note: It may not build on gcc-4.7 so you may need to use gcc-4.6.  This may affect Ubuntu 12.10 users.




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