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My Open Source Editing Workflow Using Linux, OBS, Kdenlive, Gimp & Shutter

I’ve been using it for a while. I want to do some more tutorials on it. The problem is, I don’t do a lot of complicated things with kdenlive, as I’ve been a little bit slow to get more tutorials out there. It’s a wonderful article, editor! It’s really easy to use it’s very, very powerful, and I’m going to show you a little bit of like my editing setup and how I do things now, I’m actually using right now, OBS 3 chords, so OBS is part of my workflow.

I’m going to drag it in here, so you can kind of see it if you’re not familiar with OBS. It’s a pretty amazing program. It’s free, it’s cross-platform! So if you’re a Windows user reading, my articles, you go, how do you do your screencast and recording OBS? You can use it in different platforms. Now I have it set up with different views like middle screen, left screen right screen, and then I have three screens without me in it and three screens with me in it with a webcam here.

So I got the webcam at the bottom and because you’re seeing OBS it’s not behind something you’re seeing some recursion of you know infinitely looking down into it. I record all my OBS streams and the Yeti microphone that I have up here been using it for a while. You can pick up Yeti for pretty reasonably priced. Is that the thx model? I think you can find these under $ 100 on eBay. I bought this one slightly used.

He still came in a box that said refurbished, never had a problem with it. I got it won the bid really cheap on eBay for him, so they’re a really high quality camera great for doing these voice recordings – and you know if you want to do YouTube articles having good camera, are having a good microphone really important. The camera is just a standard, logitech, hmm, the name of it C 720. I think you can they’re not expensive, nothing, real special about it and some lighting setup so back to the actually editing and workflow.

So right now this is being recorded with OBS, but we’re going to first go start with a project that wasn’t recorded and it’s one that was done with a series of articles that I took at a Chamber of Commerce event. So I’m going to leave it with all three screens pulled up now something kind of strange about kdenlive when you are out of focus on it and versus when it’s in focus. It has the third window over here.

So I’ll play the little thing that I did here and I’ll show you what I did to create this. So in my preview, clips are still here in the middle, but I drag it. So I have a big high res screen over there to view the the output, so I want to be able to look at it in high res, so I can kind of understand what it’s doing so you know I this was a little car bash event. They did so then we got Marvin there.

I threw with a little title at the bottom and then I cut while he’s talking. So you have the narration here and all these other clips are muted, so we create the whole effect, and what it’s doing here is all the clips are named right in here smells zoom into the middle screen now and the way they had the way they got All these names was – and I just drag them and drop them in. I download all the clips right out of my camera.

I play each clip and figure out which ones which you know, which one that so I had one that’s called bacon beer beer twos. I took pictures of beer cans, the DGA ones. I don’t need a name. I know DJ as my drone article, so I had two different drone shots that I included in this and then I have. I have one I labeled narration and he’s two. They were kind of useless, so they didn’t even get named. They didn’t get dragged into the project and in all you have to do from there drag over the files.

Let them go on top of there and then they’re here and then you can preview them and figure out. Okay. Where do I want to start so I’m going to drag one way over here and I just drag them in and I’m going to go back to the three screen mode. So you can see – and I drag it figure out – okay, where’s it going to start, and then I put that at the bottom tracks. That’s four they’re going to be for the narration part.

So that’s this bottom track that you see here and with the bottom track. That’s the whole narration, then each one of these I drag the mute over to so like I have have this one. The effect is mute and the way you drag effects on there is really easy. You just go over here, mute and it’ll double up a fact. If you want to apply effect twice because at two different ratios or anything like that, that’s easily supporting kdenlive, so I’ve mute all these other top ones across here.

This is the title clip and in a title, clip is just their logo for the chamber of commerce. That we put on top now this is where, when you’re doing the interaction to make sure it kind of, let me put it the three screens, so you can see the preview or I’ll just put it there we go so I wanted the it to fade over Here so it kind of fades in and out and then fades away now, there’s a little trick to doing that when you’re setting up the fades, when you want some of the things to come over the top on there and the way you’re I’m doing that is The dissolve is what I’m doing so.

I did a dissolve, but you have to choose what it interacts with. So it’s interacting with article because article is over the top of the narration article, but on the last part I have it interacting with article one, because I want it to dissolve into that article because they’re at different layers on there. So you got to make sure that so this one dissolves there, this one’s a solitaire, pretty easy to do and then, with the title clips they are – and I didn’t name this one because there’s only one but there’s multiple title clips, where I want to put an Overlay things on there, you just take and drag a PNG in here.

Woofster not drag it because it doesn’t support drag-and-drop. But you add, image find the PNG which I threw in there. Their logo is actually a PNG and her website just downloaded it and throw it in there, but you can use any other tools to create and manipulate the photos, drag the put the PNG in air and then to give it some contrast. I just drew a rectangle with the rectangle tool up here, so you can just add a rectangle and then you can set the color of the rectangle and the Alpha blend on it.

So I didn’t want a solid rectangle. I wanted a semi-transparent and then I wanted it underneath, so you can go up here to the top where it says, Z, index and hit down, and it puts it at the very bottom. So let me cancels, I don’t really want to make that change to this. So it’s pretty straightforward and then you just drag a few fades in here. So I fade between all the different cuts as it goes through and Marvin.

You know, Nick isn’t doing the narration at the bottom and when he mentioned something. So I listen to the narration and where he mentions things I at that point a shot of it, so he talks about the beer available at this event, so we cut to the beer scene. You know other time, it’s when he’s not seeing anything. That’s visually relevant! He’s talking with his hands a little bit then I’ll reference back to the drone shot and that’s what these are here.

So I can reference the shots. I got there. He mentions word bacon, so I reference to the bacon shot here. So it’s pretty straightforward when I’m doing the editing – and you know it’s not not real complicated, so I haven’t unloaded tutorials, it looks a little bit complicated of all. She was dragging across time lines and doing there. I don’t really do much more than some dissolve fades and things like that’s just to get the point across because you know there’s plain people are really good at editing.

It really talented and they’re do so amazing stuff. I just really haven’t taken the time to do that, because, as long as I get my YouTube articles done I’ve kind of stopping okay, that’s good enough for now. Maybe I learned some advanced stuff later now. I’ll show you a little bit of how we do the OBS ones. So when we do the OBS ones and say no, but I can save any changes on here. You’ll notice that the article is split, then the reason why and if you can see this it says offset 5.

There is a 5 frame delay to get the audio synched up with this, and the way you do that it’s actually pretty easy. Someone start a new project and show you what this and the five frame delay is because I run a 30 frames a second and when I record with OBS, it seems to cut the audio I’ve played with the delay settings inside of OBS didn’t work. It’s not it. I it’s easier to split. It split the audio so when I first get something done in OBS, a my OBS folder here, where it records things well drag see which articles this one yeah, it’s one of you, so I drag it here.

I think you right-click on the article and you’re going to say, split audio and then it’s quicker. If I do, I use the mouse and control the zoom in all the way. However, you want to zoom in it doesn’t matter and I’m going to ungroup the clips. So they’re now two separate entities and then I count frames 5 frames over just drag this and I know it’s a 5 frame upset. Now that’s going to vary based on your system, your setup, your computer, but this is how you split the audio out.

If you need to for OBS, because it’s annoying, if the voice isn’t synced up with what I’m doing, that’s that’s a weird thing like reading someone talk but the audio it’s. It is really annoying. I’ve accidentally done it a couple times tonight publish articles. So I try to be very conscious and do this so once I have this and then you select the clips again hold the control key, just like both scripts and then I go ahead and group the clip back together.

Now the reason you group it is because I’m going to start slicing and dicing in here, so I go to the cut tool and I’m going to slice out the beginning doesn’t say nothing. I just usually let it you know, start scrolling and get myself composed and start playing a article but other times there may be another clip you go. I don’t want this in here, so you take that out. If I didn’t have it grouped, I would be happen to line up and drag this, especially if I did something like this and put another article in between or anything like that, you want to make sure that this stays aligned.

That’s, why did the grouping of the clips? So it’s really straightforward for editing like that and most of the time when I’m doing these tutorial articles, you know on firewalls or anything like that, where I’m using OBS as a screen capture. I just go in here and clip out things that are irrelevant: I’ve, readed the peeks and say. Okay, can I cut this out if I really paused her um, it’s one of those things like okay.

There’s got to take this part out now. Another thing I do maybe notice, maybe you don’t – I leave long pauses when I screw up and then I cut it out and try to remember where I left off and I think I get it pretty accurate, but I part of the quality testing I’m doing is Going through here and making sure that okay, is that good or not like okay, I screw that up. I said this wrong, so I’ll leave a long pause, so I don’t have to start the article over and that’s how I know.

That’s the Edit point. The other option is going through and writing down the minutes and seconds. So when I did something the hardest part about that is, when you start clipping things out of beginning you’ve, now offset the minutes at the end, so kind of my recording tip I do screw up. I don’t just rip these well. Sometimes I do. If I get lucky rip them in one set, without any pauses, without any stopping without any breaks but a lot of times, but there’s pauses, there’s breaks, there’s me pausing to make sure I pull up a screen off to the other side and look at the specs.

I sometimes put a couple notes if I could have to read detailed specs or like a CV, vulnerability or some some really specific detail that I want to make sure I’m accurate on how long she pause, and I got my phone in front of me and I Look at the phone read the number again and I just leave a pause in there. That way. You know we cut out the pause cut out me looking at the phone and keep the article going also a few sneeze, or something like that.

This is helpful. Just leave a long pause makes it easy to find in the article – and I know, there’s at least one long pause towards the end here. I think in this one. No, maybe not, but I just look for those that way. You can just quickly find the spot that you paused and cut it out for editing without having to start the whole project over. So that’s kind of the basics for how I get the article done, how to beat the article recording nothing real, complicated there.

The next thing we do is I’m going to grab a screenshot of things to build. My thumbnails, because in YouTube is important to build good thumbnails, because you want them to be contextually important, not just randomly generated. Cuz YouTube will pick a frame and you know it didn’t let you choose, but that’s not the best way to do it, and I used Photoshop for the longest time today and I’m still not a big fan of GIMP.

But I got good enough at GIMP in order to make this happen, so I bust up my trusty screenshot tool. Let me pull it up, put it over to the right window here and I grab a screenshot of whatever we’re doing so I’ll pull these up. So this is just a screen grab from it. So what I’m adding – and I mean put it back to three screen frame – real quick. So too I say: okay, maybe I want that screen. You’ll see it over here on the right and then I just use the screenshot tool, and I have it set on timer on purpose.

I’ll show you why and now that has grabbed a screenshot. All of that and then I can quickly edit the screenshot. If I need to do something in here, like you know, put an arrow or something things like that, this is now the first piece of it, so I grab screenshot now the other time. The screenshot tool is really handy and, and the reason it’s not a countdown as if I have to show you a menu for something.

So if I wanted to show you the control menu here, we are going to go ahead and grab a screenshot, and I want to grab it of this enter and a delay reaction of the reason I have it set to a two. Second, timer is so then I can grab a screen grab of something like a menu or a context. Menu just have to help some websites where I want to show something in motion so to speak, and you hold it open to give you the idea of that.

It’s there so that’s kind of the reason for the delay. All the other things is so the mouse over when you do drag it over, doesn’t get kicked off, and that can be a pain in about two. Like I mouse over on a YouTube ad, where you get the tile, I only want to screenshot to the YouTube article in stead of the little the play button and things like that. So, by doing it and letting it fade for two seconds, it’ll fade out the tools on there now, the other way I do this is and grab a window and drag it over here is you know, needing logos for things and stuff like that, so Google logo And we just do a quick image search.

So if I’m talking about a company, I can just grab their logo from them this one’s animated. I don’t want an animated one and I can either use a screen grab or we’re going to show you how I do this in GIMP. So let’s open up GIMP real quick. So I pretty much don’t use GIMP for anything about this. So here’s the clip I made for that a citroen research, article and everything’s just a series of layers, so I don’t touch these top layers that I have in here.

There make sure the webcam is out of the way these top layers up here. I don’t really mess with so we’re going to go ahead with this one. I see it says: citron exposés, that’s the text layer. This is my logo. This is a bottom template and then here’s the clipboard one clipboard. So we’re going to purge that clipboard purge that clipboard and if we want to edit the text I just go down here. My article editing workflow will actually do this article.

Why not? Well, I can’t really give you the screen grab for it. Well, I could do some things I’ll do a couple things here, give you an idea. So my using Linux and Cayden live. I got small things right, see Linux. We need some commas in here Linux and comma kdenlive kind of a gimp imma was the screen tool. Shudder so well I’ll finish this, I’m just going to make sure you guys have an idea now, along the way it keeps a crash, doesn’t seem to be pretty stable, but it doesn’t crash often so I saved that now KJ.

I want to put more things in here, so we’re actually going to downsize the text a little bit like this and put the word using here then I’ll go down the bottom using git and shutter. I pretty much the tools I use for almost all my articles and hang up. We got a head OBS in here, OBS put a comma alright. Now a Vinci. Now I got ta go pull the logos for those things I kind of like. I said I like having logos on there.

This is where it gets pretty easy for doing this and GIMP, and normally I do this on my split screen. Tiles. Keep it all in one screen for you, but let’s say we want a few kdenlive logo getting live view image and it’s a PNG file. You can see here so we’re just going to go copy image go over here to get edit paste as new layer. Simple really easy to do now. This is where it gets a little confusing.

Normally I’m used to Photoshop, where I can just grab bars around it and resize it. You have to use the scaling tool and GIMP and then, by default the scaling tool isn’t synched. So I want to synced, so if I do scale it it, I don’t want to screw up the logo like that. So I’m going to do this. Do this and then I can adjust and scale it. So it doesn’t skew the logo into some unusual sides and I click scale and away we go.

Then I go back over to the this tool. Then I can manipulate it move it around wherever I want. So you know I’m just pasting each one as a new layer, so I don’t have to download it off the internet or do you think that which is actually pretty handy, so I can just go here now: we’re going to have the OBS logo like this one. It says open broadcast software copy image, edit paste as new layer. Oh someone knows a shortcut key to paste this new layer.

Let me know, because I see how it there ctrl shift V pastes it, but it doesn’t do it as a new layer doesn’t do what I wanted to do so yeah that so one of those little details, if you know some shortcuts, if I’m doing something you Know, hey Tom there’s a better way like I said, I’m still, learning GIMP and still getting better at it. I want to keep everything in Linux much as I can because Photoshop real easy to do this, and I would probably I could do things so much faster in Photoshop and I’m putting some effort in here to learn kemp.

So then we get the OBS logo shutter logo, but you get the idea that you go through here and then that’s how I create the thumbnails now the other step, that’s going in their face. This new layer move this down here. The other step is exporting it now. It saves it in a format. That’s a GIMP format, so you’re not able to do that, and I don’t save my thumbnails. Like you see, if you see the name at the top here, it’s YouTube.

2017 template GIMP dot. Xcf! That’s the GIMP format file for that it’s 1280 by 720, which was the recommended, as I understand for 2017 size for a thumbnail for YouTube, and so when I’m done, I export it and I title it workflow for editing in Linux, and I just dropped that to My data drive, I have a bunch of different folders and things like that, but I drop it right to the data drive and hit export yep at standard PNG format when it’s done and then when I do my Youtube upload I go through and you know render To article export the article to the article folder and then this I don’t really keep a lot of my.

I don’t keep any of the templates like once I edit this and I edit and save over again. I keep the output results because they’re not that important. I rarely go back to a thumbnail and go oh man. I you know want to redo this thumbnail, so I’m not big on CV to save all of them. Then I realized I just had piles and piles of everything, and I’m like this is useless. The same with the articles right now, I’m only keeping about 6 months of source, so the source material that went into it unless it was a special project that I think is worth saving most of my articles.

I do not keep the source for for lack of knowing what to do it that I you was archiving it at. You know you’re you’re, creating terabytes and terabytes a day. I don’t know it’s like. I could. You know I’m very big on redundancy. So if I’m going to save it, I save it everywhere. I make double copies and then, when you have like 9 terabytes double copied, you’re like I now have a harddrive collection and what I’m going to do with all this source footage.

I save only the output footage of and one of the reasons. Why is, for example, when I do my larger projects with clients that go on, for you know maybe a few months well like a big wiring job we end up with, and it’s funny things we’re producing a huge volume of data with all the time-lapse cameras. But it’s not only useful, we just shoot it all, and then I organize it all and say: what’s worth keeping and the rest of it, you can’t scrap.

Sometimes the camera looked at nothing for a long time or it just was not interesting. It wasn’t worth adding to the article, so I come back to it and I go yeah. This isn’t uh. This isn’t really worth keeping. So that was a lot of what my source footage would be, so yeah hardly became worth duplicating. All of that now a little piece of my workflow, though that is going on actively because of the fact that some of these projects take weeks to complete all of my article folder on my local computer, is synced up with sync thing to our rate array.

Just for all my articles, so even as I save this, it’s resyncing as I render it out any of these articles – it’s resyncing it on there as I download cards. It gives me confidence because a lot of people have done this, where they download a card to the computer and they go alright. Now I’m going to use this cardigan somewhere in between before you get around to editing before you before you get to back up the hard drive got here in computer.

Now, you don’t have either you’re like crap. I lost it all. So in fear of that I win, you know because my computer’s, it could be a single point of failure. It’s just constantly, as my computer’s running syncing everything to the server, so I don’t have to think about it. So I don’t mind dumping a card and reusing it, and I have several cards. I try to hold on to them until they’re edited, but sometimes I got more stuff to shoot and it’s going on for weeks.

So that’s kind of the general editing workflow for this and then when I’m done, I just you know upload it to YouTube, which I don’t think. I need to show you how to do that that part’s, the easiest part of all this, but you can see quickly. You can build these little templates and this is all open source. This is all you know: kdenlive gimp and shutter running I’m running this on academia, but you can run this on a bun too or most any other Linux distribution of your choice and it’ll run pretty smooth on there.

I’ve really been happy with how it works in kdenlive or KDE neon and kdenlive. The themes seem to work really good together and it’s been just smoothest, so the latest iterations of Keaton live have become very, very stable. Like the software, all the editing work, I used to be like a religious, a verse, a verse clicking save all the time, and I don’t have to seem to do that. It is often because it just doesn’t crash like it used to but uh.

That’s it for kind of my workflow and how I get things done. I guess I could show. I got another one of how to clean up audio in audacity, I’m not going to get deep into audacity in this article. I have another article already covered doing some of the audio cleanup, but if you have a good microphone, not much of a need for it. The only time I’ve ever had you already clamp is when I, when something gets messed up and there’s like some background noise that has to be edited out, then I will break out audacity for that and that I did a separate article already and I’m not going To cover the topic again, but the pro tip on audacity is: you can actually support your tracking job, so you can actually take the article you edit it and drag it right on top of audacity and it’ll import, just the audio, then you can process it export.

It and I, in that article, I believe I left the script. You know elevate blow to it, that you can reemerge from the command line and put them back together or you can, if you want split out audio and then import it back as a second track. So I had some audio that was really tricky to edit, so I actually pre process the audio in audacity and then merge it back together in kdenlive and you can drag audio files and kdenlive and they work just fine.

So hopefully that gives you an idea of the editing. I do if you have questions comments or you think you’d like me to expand more on one thing I other than the little tutorial I gave you that’s my basic usage of GIMP. I have not gotten much better than edit. I yeah. I did it’s it’s a lot for me to learn still because after using Photoshop for at least 15 years, maybe longer probably longer, I think I started Photoshop.

Oh yeah, it’s 2017, so I started learning Photoshop. Like 99 98, so after spending that many years in Photoshop, it’s not that it’s GIMP, just it’s a very different environment, so I’ve done everything I can to make it a little bit more photo like find all the equivalencies. That’s usually I do. Is I start with how to do this and GIMP like Photoshop and some of the YouTube searchers there’s a few youtubers out there that have some great compute GIMP tutorials that are really well done and very very well.

So look for those if you’re fighting you can usually find a good tutorial on yep of how to get something done, and but this is the basics of I figured out how to do the layers. I heard I’ve had a right-click and drag in there, so I can quickly create the thumbnails and get processing done. This also allows me to get articles done really fast, because I don’t have to spend a ton of time jumping between virtual machines, like I did before, with okay, how to spin up my virtual machine just so I can run Photoshop, so I can get a thumbnail Made you know anything that adds to my workflow time cuts down time, that’s just not as productive so but happy to get it all in here.

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