Today at the makerspace we were discussing The Things We Lost W/R/T the development of computing.
We talked about the Cannon Cat, we talked about Hypercard, we talked about the ST and the Amiga.
One topic that came up towards the tail end of the discussion that is near and dear to me is Sugar, the DE designed along side the OLPC project.
It was a radically different approach to computing, and could have been a strong step towards a more Humane future for computers.
Gemini, for example, decided to take the web back to a human scale. This is good!
I'd love to see, and to participate in, more open source projects that explore these broken branches and dead ends.
Let's make computers Humane.
Choice paralysis can be a real problem in lots of modern software.
Give me some sane defaults, make choices for me, give me a way to override them when it makes sense. Tell me to fuck off and use another tool when that makes sense.
What could a specialized video editor look like, as opposed to a general purpose video editor?
@kelbot Windows Movie Maker was still just trying to follow what other NLEs did.
It was a standard NLE with bits missing.
And yeah, it was pretty functional and reasonably quick to pick up.
@ajroach42 Hmmmm, I don't know. But I'd definitely like to see one built on GStreamer! Allowing you to visually assemble media pipelines.
GStreamer has some infrastructure for precisely this, but I don't know if it's used anywhere.
@ajroach42 Reminds me of how I'd design HTML & CSS editors: They'd be seperate.
When writing documents you'd default to a nice theme (Kev Quirk's Simple.CSS?). But if you don't like that look, you'll be able to open a sidebar full of all the controls webdevs have access to.
Why don't office suites hide their styling options behind the paragraph style selector? That'd encourage better typography, whilst so happening to adhear to oversimplification that's all the rage!
@ajroach42 While I don't remember names, there was a decent amount of entry level video editors in the early Multimedia era (late 90s).
Those were mostly aimed at home video market, where you would make quick videos out of your vacation footage, etc.
The one I played with was quick and simple to use: drop some clips, choose transitions if you want, add titles and text, maybe some effects (I remember adding falling snow to a static winter pic) and go.
I think there were also themes to choose.
@ajroach42 Only supports an A/B cut. One button push zooms to a slider to select your cut point. If there's audio, cut automatically happens at the bottom of a trough in volume unless you turn that off. Alternately specify a time stamp to cut in 0.1 second increments
@ajroach42 90% of the video-editing I do is "chopping clips shorter, then smashing them together" (with titles between, sometimes, if I'm feeling fancy).
This is like "trip report" type of stuff, like you've got a bunch of video-clips from some adventure ... so something that let me "select the next clip, shorten / chop / split it, put it on the end" would be amazing.
(...and for me personally, the clips will be sorted in a directory somewhere so like "edit_video *.mp4" or so to start :)
@ajroach42 i saw a terminal editor that was a linear real-time editor. You would do small 'takes' until you were happy with one and move onto the next. I forget what it was called. It was optimized for remote conference presentations and videos.
@libc early imovie was great. Very near what I want. Currently it's just a stripped back clone of final cut or whatever.
Windows movie maker was ... uhh... maybe a little too simple?
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