Video Timeline and Monitoring

Ardour offers a video timeline and video monitoring for convenient audio mixing and editing to video, in order to produce film soundtracks and music videos, or perform TV post-production tasks.

The video capabilities are:

  • Import a single video and optionally extract the soundtrack from it.
  • Provide a video monitor window, or full-screen display, of the imported video in sync with any of the available Ardour timecode sources.
  • Display a frame-by-frame (thumbnail) timeline of the video.
  • Allow for a configurable timecode offset.
  • Lock audio regions to the video.
  • Move audio regions with the video at video-frame granularity.
  • Export the video, trim start and end, add blank frames and/or multiplex it with the soundtrack of the current session.

The setup of the video subsystem is modular and can be configured in different ways, including:

  • One machine for all video decoding, video monitoring and audio editing tasks
  • Two machines, one for video monitoring, one for Ardour
  • Three machines, separate video server (for timeline decoding and file archive), dedicated video monitor, and Ardour

Ardour does not:

  • allow for more than one video to be loaded at a time.
  • provide video editing capabilities