Herman Robak, Debian user

I have been involved in the Skolelinux project since its inception in July, 2001. I became the coordinator of the translators. Gaute Kvalnes and Axel Bojer took over that responsibility, gradually, and have not done any translation work for a while.

Things I do

When I am not at work I may be using a video camera, or performing and discussing video creation and processing on Linux. My primary motivation is not passion about the craft, but rather that it needs doing.

Taping talks

I have been the dedicated videographer for events hosted in Oslo, Norway by the organisations EFN, NUUG or Skolelinux.


I am the mailing list moderator for the "community version" of Cinelerra, which is a branch of Cinelerra. Cinelerra is a non-linear video editor for Linux.

The branch was made to provide a playground for those who wanted to tinker with Cinelerra's source code, and share the fruits of their labour with other tinkerers or users.

High definition video

In 2005 I purchased a 1080i HDV camera ("prosumer" high definition video), to check out how viable HD video production was for Linux. To my great delight I found that Cinelerra is quite useable for editing HDV video directly if you have a hell of a CPU, like a 3.4 GHz Xeon, and a lot of RAM. In 2006 I got a dual Opteron PC for that purpose.

I would like to see an easier way to render downscaled video in Cinelerra, though. There are still those who can't download or play 1920x1080 video.

Herman Robak, herman at skolelinux no