This is a listing of some of the best cross-platform open source software available for media production work.

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3-D

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.

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Wings 3D is a capable, easy to use subdivision modeler that can import and export a variety of 3D file formats.

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Video

CinelerraCV is the most advanced non-linear video editor and compositor for Linux.

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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.

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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.

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Graphics & 2-D

The GNU Image Manipulation Program is a powerful image editor comparable to Adobe Photoshop.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Audio

An easy to use audio editor for recording and editing sounds.

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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.

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General Use Software

This Office Suite powerhouse can hold its own against Microsoft Office, for most purposes.

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Similar to Microsoft Word, it has all of the essential word processing features most people need.

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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.

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Internet

Arguably, the best overall cross-platform browser with unparalleled customization and extensibility options.

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KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing.

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FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.

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