This is a listing of some of the best cross-platform open source software available for media production work.
- Blender - http://www.blender.org/
Blender is simply the best free 3D content creation software available. Its powerful suite of 3D tools support modeling, animation, particles, fluids, Python scriptability, a video sequence editor, a game engine, and other advanced capabilities usually found only in commercial 3D products. Blender is a must-have for many areas of 3D and multimedia production.
- Wings 3D - http://www.wings3d.com/
Wings 3D is a capable, easy to use subdivision modeler that can import and export a variety of 3D file formats.
- CinelerraCV - http://cinelerra.org/
CinelerraCV is the most advanced non-linear video editor and compositor for Linux.
- Kino - http://www.kinodv.org/
Kino is a non-linear DV editor for GNU/Linux. It features excellent integration with IEEE-1394 for capture, VTR control, and recording back to the camera.
- VLC Media Player - http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
Graphics & 2-D
- GIMP - http://www.gimp.org/
The GNU Image Manipulation Program is a powerful image editor comparable to Adobe Photoshop.
- MyPaint - http://mypaint.intilinux.com/
MyPaint is a fast and easy open-source graphics application for digital painters. It lets you focus on the art instead of the program, and works well with graphics tablets
- Cinepaint - http://www.cinepaint.org/
CinePaint is a deep paint image retouching tool that supports higher color fidelity than ordinary painting tools. It is ideal for film, and is widely used in Hollywood.
- Inkscape - http://www.inkscape.org/
Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
- Pencil - http://www.pencil-animation.org/
Pencil is an animation/drawing software for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics.
- Synfig - http://www.synfig.org/
Synfig is a powerful, industrial-strength vector-based 2D animation software package, designed from the ground-up for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources.
- Audacity - http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
An easy to use audio editor for recording and editing sounds.
- Ardour - http://ardour.org/
Ardour is a digital audio workstation. You can use it to record, edit and mix multi-track audio. You can produce your own CDs, mix video soundtracks, or just experiment with new ideas about music and sound.
General Use Software
- Open Office - http://www.openoffice.org/
This Office Suite powerhouse can hold its own against Microsoft Office, for most purposes.
- AbiWord - http://www.abisource.com/
Similar to Microsoft Word, it has all of the essential word processing features most people need.
- Scribus - http://www.scribus.net/
Scribus is a page layout and creation tool that supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.
- Firefox - http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
Arguably, the best overall cross-platform browser with unparalleled customization and extensibility options.
- KompoZer - http://www.kompozer.net/
KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing.
- FileZilla - http://filezilla-project.org/
FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.