DreamStudio Unity 12.04.3
An Ubuntu-based Linux distribution designed especially for multimedia production
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What's new in DreamStudio Unity 12.04.3:
- Lightworks for Linux Beta – The long awaited Lightworks for Linux Beta is included in a special 64-bit Installation ISO (it’s currently only available as a binary, with no x86 support), so you can try it out from a LiveUSB or DVD without having to install. You will, however, need a Lightworks Linux Beta registration to use it. Lightworks has been the editing platform of choice for a vast amount of Hollywood productions including Pulp Fiction and Braveheart.
- CinePaint 1.0 - CinePaint is back! This makes DreamStudio the only distribution that includes it by default. This is the same world class software used in Hollywood blockbusters like The Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter.
- LICENSE TYPE:
- GPL (GNU General Public License)
- OUR RATING:
- DEVELOPED BY:
- Dick MacInnis
- USER RATING:
- ROOT \ Linux Distributions
DreamStudio Unity is an open source distribution of Linux designed from the ground up to be used by artists to produce stunning videos and razor sharp images, as well as beautiful music tracks. It is based on the world’s most popular free operating system, Ubuntu, and uses the Unity desktop environment.
Distributed as 64-bit/32-bit Live DVDsThis Ubuntu-based operating system can be downloaded via Softpedia or directly from its official website (see link above) as Live DVD ISO images of approximately 3GB in size, suitable for both 64-bit (amd64) and 32-bit (i386) hardware platforms.
Boot optionsWhile the Live DVD have been instructed to automatically start the live system with default boot options, it will allow you to boot an existing operating system from the first disk drive detected by the BIOS, run a memory test, check the integrity of the disc (only if using a DVD media), change the language for the live environment (default in English) and the keyboard layout, or add extra kernel parameters.
Modern and productive graphical interface powered by UnityAs mentioned, Unity is in charge of the graphical session of the DreamStudio Unity operating system. It uses the same setup as on the official Ubuntu release, but prompts users with a very instructive welcome dialog from the get-go.
Includes a plethora of multimedia production related appsAs expected, the distribution include a plethora of multimedia production related applications, among which we can mention Ardour digital audio workstation, Audacity audio editor, Blender 3D modeller, Bonobo DVD-Video authoring software, Darktable photo workflow program, GIMP image editor, Inkscape vector graphics editor, LiVES video editor and Mixxx DJ mixing software.
Bottom lineIn conclusion, DreamStudio Unity is proves to be a really great operating system for setting up a multimedia production workstation in a shortest time as possible. It uses the productive and ultra-modern Unity desktop environment on top of a rock-solid Ubuntu base.
DreamStudio Unity was reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on June 30th, 2014