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Cinelerra is perhaps the most powerful non-linear editing suite available for the Linux family of operating systems. The history behind Cinelerra is too long to summarize here. If you are interested in finding out more about Cinelerra, travel to http://cvs.cinelerra.org/


Currently an amd64 version of Cinelerra is unavailable through the repositories. This guide will help you compile a version of Cinelerra from scratch and install it on your computer.


First we are going to require some building tools. These can easily be added from your Ubuntu repositories. Make sure that you have all repositories enabled, and issue the following command on the command line. If you are unfamiliar with the command line or repositories, you should browse the forums or the help site for more information before proceeding.

sudo apt-get install build-essential automake1.7 libtool xorg-dev libasound2-dev libogg-dev libvorbis-dev libtheora-dev libopenexr-dev libdv4-dev libpng3-dev libjpeg62-dev uuid-dev libmjpegtools-dev liba52-dev liblame-dev libsndfile1-dev libfaac-dev libfaad2-dev fftw3-dev libraw1394-dev libavc1394-dev libtiff4-dev subversion git-core checkinstall yasm

Custom x264 Library

As of this writing, the x264 library that is required by Cinelerra has incompatible compile settings from the repository.

See this forum post for more details on how to compile the latest version of x264. It details how to compile and install the latest version of yasm (0.7.1 at time of writing) which is required to build x264.

To this end, we must download and compile a custom version. Once again, issue the following commands at a command line:

git clone git://git.videolan.org/x264.git x264 

This will 'checkout' a full source tree of x264 from the official site. Next we will perform a custom compile to allow it to interact with Cinelerra:

./configure --enable-pic --prefix=/usr --enable-shared

Once this completes, you can install the library by issuing a sudo make install.

Compiling Cinelerra

The final step is to compile Cinelerra. This process requires us to:

  1. Download the source tree from the CVS repository.
  2. Configure the compilation for our platform.
  3. Build the source into binary executable format.
  4. Install the binaries to the proper directories.

Download the Source

svn checkout svn://svn.skolelinux.org/cinelerra/trunk/hvirtual

Configure the Compile

Enter into your newly created source tree directory and issue the following command:

./configure --prefix=/usr/local/ --enable-mmx --enable-3dnow --enable-opengl --disable-mmx




sudo make install

AMD64/Cinelerra (last edited 2017-09-02 17:03:42 by ckimes)