[support-gang] FW: OLPC Projects/VideoEditing and Video Edit

George Hunt georgejhunt at gmail.com
Thu Jul 23 14:41:02 EDT 2009

Caryl, Robert, et al,

This seems to be a project worth supporting.  I'm not sure that my skills
are up to the task.  But I'd like to explore further what is needed and
whether there are others who would be willing to fill in the pieces which I
am missing.

I have programmed in various languages for 20 years, am retired.  Have
taught myself python, and been working on a samba-based network client for
the XO.  At this point I've learned how to use glade to do quick gtk
layouts, and become familiar with sugarizing an activity.

I ran into difficulty debugging c and c++ packages using gdb on an XO. I
still have lots of things I don't know how to do to be efficient in

I'd be interested If Robert could say a little more about what is needed.
Is the code posted? Or could you package it and send it to me?

I'm on vacation in California for the next two weeks, so may not respond
immediately.  I'll be back in NY and more available after Aug 4.

George Hunt

On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 11:01 AM, Caryl Bigenho <cbigenho at hotmail.com>wrote:

>  Hi All,
> Here is a great opportunity for someone to pick up where Robert left off
> and contribute something really useful, fun, educational, practical, and
> wanted for the XO and SoaS.  Robert is willing to advise and help anyone
> who wants to pick up this project to get a Video Editing Activity into
> Sugar.
> See details in our correspondence below.
> Chao!
> Caryl
> ------------------------------
> Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 09:43:20 -0400
> Subject: Re: OLPC Projects/VideoEditing and Video Edit
> From: rmo25 at cornell.edu
> To: cbigenho at hotmail.com
> Hello Caryl,
> My work on the project has stalled. When I left off last year, a gstreamer
> glitch was causing OGGs from the XO camera to freeze the system, which
> compounded with performance issues stalled the project. There's a good
> chance that that particular problem has been resolved, and I too would love
> to see a video editing activity on the XO.
> I'm not sure how much work I'll be able to do, but I am definitely
> available to advise and help out how I can. If a volunteer is interested, I
> would imagine a good deal could be done in porting an existing free video
> editor (pitivi is what I tried due to the similarities in its toolkit and
> that being used for sugar) to the XO interface.
> Keep in touch,
> Robert
> On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 11:38 AM, Caryl Bigenho <cbigenho at hotmail.com>wrote:
> Hello,
> I am a member of the OLPC Support Gang and am mentoring a project that
> wants to use simple video editing on the XO as a part of their activities.
> I see that both of you were working on this last year, but that nothing has
> been posted on the wiki about it for several months.
> What is the current status of your projects?  Is anyone working on them
> now?  What was the state of the projects when you last worked on them?  Is
> it something that one of our volunteer programmers could bring to
> completion?
> There is really a lot of interest in having a simple video editing Activity
> for the XO and Sugar.  At this point, folks are just suggesting a lot of
> substitutes such as Turtle Art and Google Docs presentations.  But, of
> course, what you folks were working on would be far better.
> Let me know what is happening!
> Thanks,
> Caryl Bigenho, OLPC Support Volunteer
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