Cinelerra and VST support

Cory K. coryisatm at
Tue Jan 29 01:57:02 GMT 2008

Haig Dedeyan wrote:
> You only outlined 20 hours of your day. You still have another 4 hours to help 
> people :-)
> FWIW, I think ubuntu studio is a very solid distro compared to others that I 
> tried so kudos to the whole team.
> Perhaps adding cinelerra and a very painless way of having vst plugins would 
> throw this distro miles ahead of everyone else.
> Haig

Cinelerra and VST support would have been added to many free distros
years ago. There are legal issues that stop it from shipping by default
or getting them the repos at all. Developers seldom don't do things
because they are dicks. They are users like you and would love to
provide these things. There are often issues users just don't understand
or refuse to accept.

VSTs are completely proprietary and licenses are needed to use it in linux.

I'll repeat the Cinelerra story here even though a search will also
yield the story.

Cinelerra required some non-free components to build against. Even when
addressing that it had about 1/3rd of its files unlicensed and or
licenses that contradicted one another. Just a complete mess of a
situation that nobody but it's own community should be asked to clean
up. So even while straitening out some non-free depends, the messy
license issue stopped everything.

FYI - Cinelerra3 is at the beginning of development and hopes to address
these issues.


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