I’m new to Blender. Although I am not a 3D artist, I am interested on using Blender’s Video Sequence Editor to edit video (as suggested here: http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/8589 ).
The problem that I am having is that, at the point of actually loading the video file (on a Video Sequence Editor window type, by clicking on add -> movie and browsing to the file), I get the following error:
<b>ERROR: The selected file is not a movie</b>
The error does not say that the format is unsuported, just doesn’t recognizes it as a movie, although I’ve checked with dv video, on avi files, mpeg, quicktime, etc., all wIith the same results.
(BTW, I am running Blender 2.36 on Debian (DeMudi) on a Pentium M laptop, but yesternight, I was also testing on a friends computer, with Blender 2.41, with the same results)
I am being able to load static images, and, strange enough, Blender does not complain if I click on a movie file when adding an image; It puts it on the time line, but (¿of course?) it doesn’t play.
I checked a couple of tutorials and they just add the movie without any prior ceremony.
Perhaps adding video files needs Blender to be compiled with some special options?
or is there a kind of format that is easily recognized by Blender as a movie?
The article cited above says that Blender supports FFMPEG (a very powerful converter, which supports many different movie formats); I do have that independently installed, but Blender, according to my package manager, doesn’t depend on it.
What could be wrong? Any ideas?
Thanks in advance,
[ note: I have also posted this question here: http://www.blender.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8316 ]