The domain: is online and should be working. The SourceForge site has a support page for the software but it’s currently incomplete. Editing clips is the bread and butter of all movie creation, so starting with that in Jahshaka seems to fit. One can realistically work with many. So I downloaded the Jahshaka editor but I have no idea how to use it (or even how to import footage) and I can’t find a user’s manual. Anyone.

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One of the first things you notice about the free video-editing software Jahshaka is its unconventional controls. But once you master the learning curve, Jahshaka turns out to be a useful tool with professional features. The former computer vendor Jah Shaka not to be confused with the musician of the same name was looking for a free – but powerful – video-editing program, particularly for third-world countries, where people cannot afford to invest several thousand dollars in real-time video-editing systems.

Shaka considered various high-end video-editing systems as role models before finally developing the free video-editing and effects program with professional features. He gave his own name to the results – Jahshaka [1]. The original version of the program was mainly restricted to effects and animations, but late inafter more than five years of development, the long-expected version 2. The developers rightly advertise this product as being the first free, all-around tool in the field of video editing.

The feature list sounds more like an excerpt from a catalog for an expensive real-time editing system. Thanks to the OpenGL interface, Jahshaka calculates effects in real time, offers compositing functions along with a painting tool especially for video the aptly named Videopaintfast animation tools for moviemakers, and, of course, video editing.

Jahshaka is intended for semi-professional moviemakers.

This article shows how the editing software makes light work of editing the budding amateur director’s latest holiday clips.

As a bonus, Maual includes Jahplayer, a player for media of any kind. Just like its bigger sibling, Jahplayer relies on the acceleration functions of modern 3D graphics adapters, which give the media player the ability to play some really exotic file formats. Binary packages of Jahplayer are available from SourceForge [2].

If you decide to build Jahshaka from the sources, you can. Before you launch the program, you have to take on two major hurdles. The first hurdle occurs at the installation phase; if you can’t find ready-to-run binary packages for your distribution, you have no alternative but to download the source code archive.

For nahshaka, go to the “Installing from the Source Code” box. Users with Fedora Core will find a binary package on SourceForge [2]. To install the package, jahshakw up a terminal window and enter sh jahshaka Users with SUSE Debian and Ubuntu users will find an installation script in the Downloads area of the Jahshaka website. To download and install the required packages, launch the script janual entering sh jahshaka-dapper-x No matter which distribution you use, you need to mahual a few dependencies for the software: All major distributions should include these packages by default.

Also, you need to ensure that 3D acceleration is enabled for your graphics card.

The quickest way to do this is to call glxgears in a terminal window. The tool should show a frame rate of more than frames per second. The next obstacle occurs immediately after launching the program. Because Jahshaka has an enormous feature scope, it could take a while to familiarize yourself with its functions.

As the main window Figure 1 shows, the developers modeled the program interface on competing products, including the Discreet family, which is well known for its quirky controls. Although Jahshaka can handle video files in many formats, it can’t currently import movies directly from a video camera. You will need to rely on another program to export your raw material from the camera and store your first takes in a file. Kino, a tool that many distributions include, is a good choice.


If you split the movie up into scenes at the import phase, it will make editing all the more simple. Just press a button later to drop any material you do not need into a black hole and use drag and drop jahshqka move others to different locations in the finished movie.

If you do not have Jahshaka binary packages for your distribution, you will need to build the editing program from the source code package, which involves some preparation.

First, install the following packages, including the corresponding developer packages, which you can typically identify by their -devel or -dev name components:.

It seems that Jahshaka has something against the latest Qt4 libraries. If you have a newer distribution, you might need to temporarily uninstall the packages. Next, install the OpenAL system, which includes both the libraries and the developer packages. For more details on OpenAL, check out the project website [5]. Then, download Glew [6] and unpack into a directory, become root, and enter.

Make sure the developer packages for Gtk2 and SDL are installed, then download the MLT multimedia system [7], which you can also install with. After building this program manually and installing it on manuzl system, you are still missing OpenLibraries [9].

If everything works out as planned, you can now turn to Jahshaka. Simply unpack the source code archive and then follow the usual three steps to install, as with the other programs.

The jahsbaka thing that Jahshaka shows you is the desktop, which is manuap kind of light table on which you can view your movie scenes. The selected movie clip immediately appears on the desktop.

If you repeat jahshkaa steps with the second scene from your movie, Jahshaka drops it right on top of the existing clip. To tidy up, just drag the two candidates to another location on the desktop and drop jahshaja there.

Following this approach, you can easily organize your material thematically manua, a better overview. Clicking on Tidy tidies up the desktop by aligning the individual scenes in a grid.

Clicking the Expand button tells the program to display the individual frames in a scene. To view the selected video, you can click the Play button or press the tiny green icon below the selected scene. The icons use the intuitive pictograms found on any video recorder. Each scene you load is additionally listed on the left of the screen. The list also contains details such as the resolution or run time.

The preview at the top of the list again lets you play the selected scene. If the list jahwhaka missing, just take a look at the left border of the screen and drag the narrow checkered bar to the right. Let’s take a look at the bottom of the screen now, where Jahshaka displays the full set of commands that you can use at the current time. Right after launching the program, you have about a dozen options.

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For example, Tidy Desktop will clean up the desktop, Clear Desktop removes your samples from the desktop, and Quit needs no explanation. The buttons on the left Desktop through Text CG are for fast access to individual modules. Jahshaka comprises several components, every one of which has a specific task.

The buttons on the lower left of the main window let you toggle between these components at any time. For example, Text CG takes you to a titling function, whereas Animation launches the animation module. Clicking the Editing button takes you to a dialog box like that shown in Figure 2.


If you have used other video-editing programs, a few things here should be familiar, such as the timeline at jahzhaka bottom of the dialog box. The timeline helps keep the scenes in your movie in chronological order. The four tabs above the timeline are ProjectCutTrackand Settings. To check the basic settings, click Settings. If you use the normal DV format, the defaults in Figure 3 are just what you need.

European countries use jahehaka PAL standard Normalisation. Digital cameras for PAL use interlacing, in which the device splits an image into jahshak fields – one field containing the even lines, and the other field containing the odd lines of jahhsaka scan.

Interface – Video editing with Jahshaka – Linux Magazine

Jahshak this approach is perfect for legacy CRT tubes, Jahshaka has to calculate a full image from the two jahwhaka. This can cause cam artifacts, especially on panning, in which the camera tends to move before capturing the second field in the interlaced scan. Deinterlace lets you select a deinterlacing method.

Methods are listed by quality, and thus by the CPU load you can expect them to generate. In Audio Resamplingyou can set the audio frequency with which you recorded raw material. For the best setting, you might want to refer to your camera manual. The two mqnual settings on the right just apply to the preview: Audio Driver selects a driver for sound output while replaying your clips, and ALSA will be your best option in most cases.

If you overload your computer with effects, you might notice that the preview starts to hang. In this case, hahshaka can use Preview Audio to specify what to do with the sound. Jahshaka applies your changes immediately without the need to store them.

Jahshaka users manual? – FORUM

This means you can go straight back to the Project tab. If you look at the left border of the main window, you will see a small bar with several dots at its center. If you now drag out the bar with the mouse, you will see the list of video files that you saw on the desktop earlier. Note how jahshaak timeline changes at the bottom of the window Figure 4.

Jahshaka adds a bar to represents the video; the length of the bar reflects the length of the manuxl. The white pin tells you which frame of the movie is currently on display in the preview.

You can use the jahsha,a to drag and drop the pin to another position. Again, familiar video recorder-style controls are available below the preview image. To jqhshaka the size of the preview image, go to the tiny task bar on the right with a rectangular gray box in a light frame, click the box, and push it slowly up and down. The image should fill out the preview area and still be clearly visible.

The opening shots typically suffer from camera wobble, or you forget to press the stop button and carry on filming your own feet. Just a few clicks will help you janual these blemishes quickly from the beginning and end of the clip. Let’s start by removing the camera wobble.