ffp is looking for a maintainer. Much remains to be done to reach the goal of a complete movie studio package, although other free software programs have been developed to do video editing and perhaps other parts of the job. Figuring out what is available now and then working on what remains to be done would be the basic approach here.
Administratively, the project should be migrated from sourceforge to savannah and updated for current GNU standards and infrastructure.
If you're interested, please take a look at this general information about GNU packages and being a GNU maintainer, and then email firstname.lastname@example.org with a bit about your background and interest. Thanks!
(The original author was Jonathan Day, but we've had no luck contacting him. If you are Jonathan, or know how to reach him, please email us.)
What exactly is it that I'm proposing will make up the software side of this project? Simple. A complete suite of utilities which, when used together, will act as a complete virtual film studio. Yes, this is ambitious, but it's almost irrelevant as to how close to the goal this project ever goes. Every utility that is written is one more utility people can use and one fewer that people need to rely on closed, proprietary packages for. Taking this one step at a time, there is no reason at all why this should not achieve the same level of success as the FSF has had in developing a full, free Operating System.
A number of non-free, zero-cost programs exist, which perform many of the functions listed. However, the lack of freedom means that they cannot be adapted to work with any of the packages above, or any of the other GNU software. I cannot, in good concience, recommend using them, as a part of this project, for that reason alone. Unless the programs are freed, there's simply no way to ensure that they'd work with the other software.
Even in those cases where there is compatibility, it is very strongly recommended that people use "free" alternatives, if at all possible. If no free alternative exists, and you are interested in writing one, please feel free to do so.
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