Cinelerra 2019 notes

This post was written by eli on January 8, 2019
Posted Under: Linux,Software

Cinelerra is alive and kicking. I’ve recently downloaded the “goodguy” revision of Cinelerra, Nov 29 2018 build (called “cin” for some reason), which is significantly smoother than the tool I’m used to.


  • There are now two ways to set the effects’ attributes. With the good-old magnifying glass (“Controls”) in with the gear (“Presets”), which gives a textual interface
  • Unlike what I’m used to, the Controls only set the global parameters, even with “Genererate keyframes while tweeking” on (spelling as used in Cinelerra).
  • In order to create keyframes, enable “Generate keyframes” and go for the “gear” tool. That isn’t much fun, because the settings are manual.
  • If the Controls are used, all keyframes get the value.
  • When rendering, there are presets. For a decent MP4 output, go for FFMPEG / mp4 fileformat, then the h264.mp4 preset for audio (Bitrate = 0, Quality = -1, Samples fltp) and same for video (Bitrate = 0, Quality = -1, Pixels = yuv420p and video options keyint_min=25 and x264opts keyint=25).

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