Open Source Tutorials

The tutorials on this page cover the use of free, open-source applications that can supplement your favorite editing program.

Open Source - Adobe Encore  Using x264 To Encode Video For Blu-ray Disc Authoring
Adobe Encore Using x264 To Encode Video For Blu-ray Disc Authoring
In this video tutorial, Jeff shows you how to set up x264 to encode video files that Adobe Encore will import for Blu-ray authoring without re-transcoding them. He demonstrates the open-source Advanced Frameserver, as well as MeGUI an open-source graphical front-end for x264 that also contains its own version of AviSynth. He shows you how to use the Advanced Frameserver to simplify exporting the Adobe Premiere Pro sequence that x264 will encode.
Open Source - dv2Film - Giving Your Video a Film Look
dv2Film - Giving Your Video a Film Look
In this video tutorial, Jeff demonstrates how to get that coveted "film look" for your video footage. Using Dan Isaacs' dv2Film AviSynth filter and other free, open-source applications, you can give harsh, overly-sharp video a softer, film-like look and feel. The raw video is converted before any editing is done, which enables you to edit the converted clips in your favorite editing program as if they were film. And although the name of the filter is dv2Film, it works just as well if you need to give HD footage a film look. You'll need some of the tools from Jeff's Essential Open-Source Toolkit tutorial to be able to use dv2Film.

Running Time: 22 minutes, 36 seconds
Open Source - hd2sd - High Quality Scaling From HD to SD
hd2sd - High Quality Scaling From HD to SD
In this video tutorial, Jeff shows you how to use Dan Isaacs' excellent AviSynth filter, hd2sd. This filter uses high-quality scaling and deinterlacing algorithms to produce pristine results when you scale your High Definition footage down to Standard Definition resolution. Although some commercial editing programs can produce results almost as good as hd2sd when progressive HD footage is scaled down, nothing comes close to hd2sd's quality when you're scaling down interlaced HD footage. This tutorial requires that you have some of the tools that Jeff demonstrated in his "Essential Open-Source Toolkit" tutorial.

Running Time: 27 minutes, 43 seconds
Open Source - The Essential Open-Source Toolkit
The Essential Open-Source Toolkit
In this video tutorial, Jeff shows you how to find, download and install several free, open-source applications that will enhance and expand the capabilities of your current editing and effects software. These tools work on their own, or in concert with your software, to streamline your workflow and make your final output better. The tools Jeff has chosen to include are stable, reliable and arguably best-in-class. They are the foundation you'll need to be able to use the additional tools that Jeff demonstrates in some of his other tutorials.

Running Time: 24 minutes, 19 seconds
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