LiVES development began in late 2002. The author was inspired to start creating a new video editing application after purchasing a new photo camera. In addition to taking photos, the camera was able to record small clips of video; however for technological reasons, the video clips were limited to a duration of just ten seconds. As well as the limitation in duration, the clips were recorded without audio because of a lack of microphone on the camera. The author decided that a means to increase the usefulness of the camera would be to use a program to join together several of these ten second segments of video, and to add in some audio – perhaps music or a commentary. Finally he hoped to be able to encode the finished result. However there was a problem – the author was committed to using only Linux, and at that time none of the applications available for that operating system could import the camera’s format. On the other hand, the author was able to use a different program to actually play the video clips on Linux, although not to edit them. Since the player program was able to output the frames as a sequence of images, the author had the idea of making a simple editor to play the images in sequence and to edit the images, then to add sound, and then to encode. Thus LiVES was born.
Researchers: Gabriel Finch (Salsaman), Giordano Cabral