For the past few days when I went to look at my blog I was greeted with a message telling me that the software was being updated. Actually, since I'm on the inside of IBM, I knew that was going to happen and was not surprised, though I was a little impatient.
The developerWorks community runs on IBM Connections, formerly Lotus Connections, which is an application to design your own community site with, well, all the stuff that's here. (Is it just me or does IBM seem to have a lot of things that were "formerly known as..."?) The down time was to process an upgrade to the latest version of Connections. That is a massive undertaking, much like moving Joomla from 1.x to 2.x.
I'm really intrigued to see how these updates affect things. The previous site had a good deal of customization to make up for the demands of a public-facing community and the unique needs of developerWorks. As everyone who develops and integrates knows, those kind of customizations can create a lot of pain when you move into updates. It's one of the dangers of customizing, but sometimes you need to do it anyway to get what you need.
So far the site seems a lot more efficient, which is good. The editor I'm using to write this is much better than the previous one. We'll see how it goes.
Congratulations to the team who made this transition happen. You made it look easy, even though I know it wasn't.
Favorite free video editors
I'm working on a project to help people learn about doing video blogging and such. Because it's the way I am, I'm encouraging do-it-yourself (DIY) techniques which includes free and open software. On LInux I tend to use Cinelerra for my editing, though I've recently been playing with OpenShot and even Blender. Unfortunately, of those three only Blender is multi-platform. The others are currently Linux-only. (You can get a live CD/DVD which boots Linux with the software for editing, but that's suboptimal for most people.) avidemux is multi-platform, but I haven't really used it. Seems good for some general cleaning and trimming but doesn't have anything I've seen in the way of multi-track editing. I've also noted that YouTube now has a video editor, which has a similar philosophy to avidemux.
In general, I suppose I would point a complete novice who just wanted to cut out the whoopsies to the YouTube editor. But I'm curious about what others have found. Please don't bother with commercial software. It's not hard to find things to buy. It's trickier to find ways to learn.
Blender is awesome
I've been working with Blender a lot more to do some title kinds of work. I haven't done too much with it, but it's extremely powerful once you build the skills. I've been working on adding titles similar to how they did it in the series Fringe-- live 3D elements that are part of the setting. Here's one that I managed.