Kino

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Kino is a video editor for Linux. It allows you to transfer videos via firewire from your camcorder to your computer and to cut and edit video files.

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Web site

Kino's web site is http://kinodv.org/

Install kino

To install kino find out your distribution and proceed accordingly

SUSE 12

This is an example how to install kino. It has been tested on 2012-03-08 on SUSE Linux 12.1 and should work same or similar on any SUSE 12. The example uses kino version 1.3.3.

  • Add some repositories
yast2 -> Software -> Software Repositories -> Add -> Community Repositories -> Packman
yast -i kino
  • to be able to save movies as MPGs, you need to install mpeg2enc

SUSE 11

This is an example how to install kino. It has been tested on SUSE Linux 11.1 as well as 11.4 and should work same or similar on any SUSE 11. The example uses kino version 1.3.3.

yast -i intltool libdv-devel libraw1394-devel libavc1394-devel libiec61883-devel libsamplerate-devel libglade2-devel
  • Get the source
wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/kino/kino-1.3.3.tar.gz
tar xvzf kino-1.3.3.tar.gz
cd kino-1.3.3/
./configure && make -j4 && make install
  • to be able to save movies as MPGs, you need to install mpeg2enc

Get a video from a camcorder

To get a video from a camcorder via the firewire interface:

  • switch on the camcorder, go to a position from that you want to transfer the video
  • connect computer and camcorder via the firewire cable
  • start kino, so open a console and enter
kino
  • in kino, click on Capture -> Capture

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  • on the camcorder type "Play"

Convert a video

Main article: Video Conversion

When you get a video from a camcorder via kino, it will be huge. I have a video of 6 seconds that takes 21MB. After conversion it takes 1 MB and the quality is resonnable. Here is the command to do the conversion:

$ mencoder test.dv -o test.avi -vf pp=ci -oac lavc -ovc lavc

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