Blender is a 3d animation and motion graphic platform for Linux, Mac, and Windows. Let's add video editing to the mix for a killer app.
Final Cut Pro X has successfully alienated many industry professionals, and if nothing else, it's showed us that the world needs a cross platform, free, stable video editor from a community that has the interests of video editors in mind, not their own bottom line.
Blender has been a stable, cross platform 3d animation and motion graphics platform for years now, and already has rudimentary video editing capability.
I have not contacted the official Blender Foundation or its group of developers about this idea, so all of this might well be possible for free, from the dev team of Blender itself. However, I thought it might be a novel idea to get it, well, kickstarted. So with the money from Kickstarter, an open source developer will be hired to write the necessary code to improve Blender's Video Sequence Editor. All code will be released as GPL code so that it is ensured to remain open source and free to everyone, regardless of what kind of computer they have!
Please note that this kickstarter idea is in no way endorsed by the Blender developers or the Blender Foundation.
We need to hire a programmer to write specialized code to make Blender more finely-tuned for video editing. This will include a lot of the features already being suggested by many Blender users (see http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Dev:Ref/Requests/Sequencer for details)
I've already interviewed a few developers and even had one hired for a week until we realized that the job was a lot bigger than the grand or so (what one would spend on Final Cut stuff anyway) I could personally afford to pay him. So I figured I'd take it to kickstarter and see if other people wanted the same thing!
Actually it can be done already. I used to edit in it a lot and even wrote some tutorials on how to do it here: http://straightedgelinux.com/blog/howto/videoBlender/index.html
Its incredibly powerful, and integrating it with Blender's already amazing capacity for motion graphics and compositing could make for a killer app regardless of your computer operating system! But at the end of the day, it needs finesse. $8000 of it, to be precise.
Well, yes! Everyone in this industry is dropping Final Cut after it became "iMovie Pro". Avid is a licensing nightmare and still feels like a video editor stuck in the 90s. Adobe Premiere is getting better but.....
It's time for the video editors to take charge of their own destinies and create a video editing, compositing, motion graphic platform that works regardless of your computer system and regardless of your budget. Blender is 3/4ths of the way there.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on April 5, 2012.
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