I have been searching a way to do this in Linux, but it seems impossible with current tools. I think it would be a neat improvement to Pitivi, given it aims to be as easy as possible.
The idea is to have an automatic mode, that with very few settings makes creating a video-summary from your last holidays a piece of cake.
It could be a step-by-step wizard:
Step 1: choose the sources.
- Folder(s). It will get all multimedia files found in such folders.
- Image default duration. It could default to 3s or something like that.
- Soundtrack(s). Choose 1 or more songs for your video.
- Image effects. Default: pan, zoom. Allow multiple.
- Transitions. Default: dissolve. Allow multiple.
- Audio on videos: choose among "no change", "reduce soundtrack volume", "mute soundtrack", "reduce video volume", "mute video".
Step 2: a grid view of all multimedia files, automatically sorted by either Exif data or file creation data.
Grid items should have a check mark to include them or not in the video. They should also be draggable to set the desired order. A live preview should be available too.
This dialog should have buttons:
- (Un)select all.
- Auto-select. Selects items randomly to fill up to the duration of all combined soundtracks. It could get some more intelligent in the future.
Step 3: Preview.
Just a live low-res preview of what you have chosen.
- Clips would appear in order specified in step 2.
- Image clips would have random effects from among those chosen at step 1.
- Transitions would be randomly chosen among those specified in step 1.
- Soundtracks would appear sequentially as chosen in step 1.
- Video and soundtrack volume would be mixed as chosen in step 1.
- Go back (to change something).
- Edit (to go to normal Pitivi mode).
What do you think? Does this fit the project, or should it be a totally different one?