First offThe Hardware
I'm doing this project on my laptop. It's a Lenovo IdeaPad Y510, with an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor at 2.0 Ghz, and 3GB of DDR2 memory. It has a 250 GB hard drive, and an Intel GMA 950 graphics chipset. This is currently my most powerful machine, at least until I build my new gaming rig. It should serve it's purpose well, in that it's a mid-range system, hardware-wise. Maybe even low-range. The Software
I'm using Ubuntu Linux, release 9.10 as my main operating system. This software is available as either a WUBI installer, or a live cd, here
. I recommend the WUBI installer, for it's simplicity. Just be sure to give yourself enough room to work with. We all know how much space video files can take up.
For my main editing software, I've chosen to use Cinelerra, available here
. I've just started using this myself, so you're all going to be learning with me, and possible teaching me.
Ubuntu, in and of itself, doesn't support DVD's. This is because DVD's are what's know as a restricted format
, and Ubuntu is built on the idea of free software. Hence, it isn't natively able to use encrypted DVD's, which is what anime usually is on. Fortunately, there is a way to make it work. This site
explains more about the specific reasons for this inherent non-compatibility, and furthermore, how to enable support for commercial DVD's.
I will continue to update this thread for the duration of the project, and as I add software to be used in the creation of an AMV. Please feel free to ask any questions, or to help out!