Usable for production: Icecast is ready for most production requirements. It's a mature project with a solid base for audio streaming. Streams provided with Icecast are enjoyed by anyone using software capable of listening to audio streams. For anyone looking to start a schedule audio stream for their podcast or even a full-on Web based radio stream, Icecast is a strong candidate.
Blender -- Two parts 3D modeler and one part video editor - Blender is an amazing software application. This 3D rendering software is capable of rendering 3D models, wire frame models, and even 3D animated movies. Blender has been compared to Maya based on its capabilities.
Perhaps the biggest strength Blender presents is that it runs great on Linux and on closed source operating systems as well. Once you're familiar with the software, there isn't much this software can't do.
Usable for production: Blender isn't merely ready for production use, it's highly recommended. This software has been used successfully to make TV commercials, create assets for film and allow digital professional to create amazing things.
Lightworks -- Unlike other Linux compatible NLEs (non-linear editors), Lightworks has been used to create Hollywood movies seen by millions. Like with any video editor, there is a workflow to get used to. It's not going to feel natural to someone coming from Final Cut. However, once the layout and controls are mastered, Lightworks is a solid video editor capable of producing high-end production media.
Usable for production: The catch with using Lightworks is you'll get what you pay for. The free version will allow you to edit video and export it to YouTube friendly formats. Unfortunately you won't get the ability to export your creations into a more professional format. That functionality among other advanced features is left to the paid version. That said, the cost is made very affordable thanks to the option of paying a small fee monthly or paying all at once. With the paid pro version, Lightworks is indeed ready for serious production work.
Now you might have noticed previously I neglected to include changing workflow in my list of hurdles to overcome. The reason for this is simple – a new workflow is a self-imposed barrier. I also neglected to mention software such as Audacity, OpenShot and Kdenlive. As important as those software titles are, the fact is most of them are not really comparable to the applications I listed above.
I believe software such as OpenShot, Audacity and Kdenlive are fantastic for producing podcasts. These are titles I rely on myself. But for studios with a budget, it's tough to beat Lightworks, Blender, Icecast and OBS. These application titles are ready for prime time assuming the end-user is willing to put in the time to learn how to use them.
What say you? Are you left feeling that even with the available software Linux remains behind? Perhaps there are software tools you rely on more than those I've listed -- tools such as FFmpeg for example. Hit the Comments and share your experiences.
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