I started out the week trying to make a screen cast using recordMyDesktop and Lombard but was having a terrible time getting the video to export. Since I had clips of varying sizes I worked on a program that I could use to scale all the videos to the same dimensions thinking that might help. Unfortunately, even when the clips had the same width/height I wasn’t getting the output I expected. I’ve since filed a bug and set off to read the Lombard source code.
I’m typing this on my not-so-new Eee PC netbook running the new-to-me Trisquel GNU/Linux. For a libre OS it does a pretty bang-up job of just working (wireless internet, webcam and sound, oh my!). Bonus surprise: I plugged the usb microphone from rockband into the computer and Gnome immediately recognized it and allowed me to record audio with it!
I was trying out screen capture software in Gnome and needed a video editor and found Lombard by yorba.org. It’s written in Vala and compiles with very little fuss and actually seems to work. Now it’s definitely got bugs but how cool is it to have readable source code for an entire video editor?
It’s still in a pretty rough state but you can move the “destroyer” around with the arrow keys and drop “depth charges” by holding down the space bar and then releasing it after a desired length of time. The timing is kind of terrible at the moment…the submarines always win.