5 Nov

Happy Halloween to Everyone!

[credit: jdudney1]
I have been hard at work on an experimental OpenShot PPA for Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala). This PPA installs the newest version of OpenShot, Python bindings for MLT, and most importantly... uses all of the default packages in Ubuntu 9.10 (i.e. FFmpeg, libx264, and Frei0r).

It is safe to install and uninstall, and is now friends with VLC, Totem, and all other FFmpeg-based packages! I repeat... it "should not" screw up your FFmpeg version or uninstall VLC. Of course, this assumes you are using the default FFmpeg and VLC. If you have a custom version of these packages, please do not install from this PPA.

I have tested this PPA successfully on both 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Ubuntu 9.10. However, the 32 bit version of Ubuntu 9.10 has presented a few issues with our video output. If your video output is squished into the top of the preview window, has green or pink bars, or any other strange output, please post a comment and let me know. Also, in the 32 bit version, if you have trouble, try disabling desktop effects to see if that helps or not. If you are successful installing OpenShot from this PPA, please post those comments as well. With your input, this should help narrow down the types of issues that need to be addressed.

Here are the details of this PPA (Detailed Instructions):
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/jonoomph/openshot-edge/ubuntu karmic main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/jonoomph/openshot-edge/ubuntu karmic main

Signing key: 1024R/EDFBD1F9
It is my goal to have OpenShot perfectly working on both 32 and 64 bit versions of Ubuntu 9.10 before I release version 1.0. So, any help testing this PPA will be greatly appreciated.

It has been a good learning experience to create my own PPA, and I am very impressed with the entire Debian build process. It is very thorough... if not a bit overwhelming and intimidating. But I figure if I understand the packaging better, then I will be in a position to help other distrubtions package OpenShot, and hopefully we can keep a PPA up-to-date at all times. And that is a good thing for the OpenShot community.