Human Rights TV

My name is Jack Adams and I am currently looking at using kdenlive for our editing studio at Human Rights TV. We currently use Premier Pro 2 but as we are dedicated to open source principles we want to move away from any association with the world of shackled software. I have been searching for an appropriate editing tool and it seems to me that kdenlive provides all I need and I would love to provide feedback and assist in development as our own project grows. everyone involved with Human Rights TV is a volunteer and we train people who have suffered human rights abuse in video production as part of our brief. Currently I am training three individuals in video editing and from 2008 we will be moving that training onto kdenlive. We work in different languages, are cross cultural and are growing at an amazing rate after our success in the pilot project in 2007. I hope this brief introduction will create some interest and I will be happy to communicate with the community on any issue of interest to you regarding what we are doing. All the best for 2008. Jack.
As a post script I thought that you might actually like to see some of the material we are working with, the delivery architecture is under development and should be up and running by 8th Jan but in the meantime you will have to put up with our test bed. ... rtv089.flv

This should give you a good idea of what we are dealing with.

Awesome to see Kdenlive being used for such a great project Jack! Thanks for sharing it here. It did look like the footage was still interlaced, but fortunately the camera's pretty static so it doesn't stand out much. Hope it goes really well for you guys though and all the best to you and all the people you're helping!


I am really glad if Kdenlive can help projects such as yours. As we are currently rewriting large parts of Kdenlive for KDE4, any feedback on the GUI is more than welcome.


Thanks for these two responses. Re the interlacing, yep, canopus/premier/.flv, and poor management by me! But as you noted, the basic nature of our format allows us a hell of a lot of leeway. Re the technical comment, well I am not the person to really talk about that (though I have a feeling I am gonna be involved in yet another steep learning curve), at my end I am busy gathering material, convincing the donkey with no legs that he can walk and training up the guys that want to get involved. I also make the coffee, develop the strategies and marketing whilst keeping everyone happy as they swing through their own peculiar mood cycles.

What we can offer you is a team of full on end users blissfully unaware of the technical issues behind delivery of the editing software but working from a basic format that really lays the foundations for film making.On the other hand we do have our tech man, Mike Smith, a rabid proponent of Linux and all things Open Source, who is behind our technical development from studio set up to web site delivery.

Mike and I have been working together since 1999 and Human Rights TV is the culmination of that collaboration. Mike is the computer officer at Christ Church College and the web site there is from his own hand so I am sure that you guys will appreciate the technicalities more than I do.

will give you a look.

What I can tell you about the project is that it commenced on 1st September 2006 (at which point nothing existed but a single discussion document) and as of now, Jan 2008, we have recorded a national independent series of hearings run by serious heavyweight political figures who will be launching a national media campaign from March 08 until our next general election.
We have also recorded the national pro bono conference for the legal profession globally which will hit our target funding audience right on their desktops.In addition we have collected material from individuals and small groups across the UK and despite all the big wigs we have attracted have never forgotten that it is the individuals we are about. Hence the training of the dispossessed.

Sorry to take up space and go on a bit but I hope you will forgive me because finding your work is the end of our pilot year which had the specific objective of finding a workable open source solution for editing. For me, you are the cherry on our cake!

On the other hand we do have our tech man, Mike Smith, a rabid proponent of Linux and all things Open Source, who is behind our technical development from studio set up to web site delivery.

... That would be me :)

Glad to see you participating here Jack, this project is just fantastic. We will have a All-Linux studio before long, mwah-ha-ha

I have only only a couple of gripes with kdenlive and they are very small ones, firstly is it possible that a project can be rendered without having to manually execute the rendering script. Secondly the whole interface feels sticky and sluggish even on fast computers, other than that I am more than impressed.

Mike :)

sometimes Mike I think that you think I am just lazy!!!! Yes, I too think this project is fantastic and because when we rendered an flv kdenlive did it faster han premier pro 2 which was operating on a much faster system. That got my juices flowing because i could see production time coming down and that means using kdenlive reduces costs. And as I am the one paying that helped me sleep at night!