Although they haven't achieved the ubiquitous status of digital still cameras, digital video cameras have become increasingly common in recent years. Likewise, while Linux support for still digital cameras is quite good, its support for DV cameras can be called . . . well, let's just say it's "progressing."
Don't be discouraged by my tone in that last sentence, though. You should have no trouble downloading video from your camera to your computer, editing those video files, and adding effects and even subtitles. To be honest, there are still some problems, especially in the area of file format conversions, but, as with all things Linux, it will only be a matter of time until the wrinkles are ironed out. There are also a couple of cool video editing apps that, while not quite ready for prime time, seem promising and are well worth keeping an eye on: PiTiVi and Diva.
For the time being, however, the application of choice for the digital video camera user is Kino. Kino, shown in Figure 17-6, is an iMovie-like application with which you can capture video from your camera and then edit it. To install Kino, run Automatix, click Media Players and Editors in the left pane, click Kino in the right pane, and then click the Start button. Once it's installed, you can run Kino by going to the Applications menu and selecting Sound & Video ► Kino.
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Although we usually tend to think of the digital camera as the best thing since sliced bread, there are both pros and cons with its use. Nothing is available on the market that does not have both a good and a bad side, but the key is to weigh the good against the bad in order to come up with the best of both worlds.