What is Dream Studio?
Dream Studio is a Ubuntu Unity based multimedia littered operating system.
To get a better look at why Ubuntu Unity is not the best Linux distribution check the link in the description.
Although based on Ubuntu’s Unity distribution, Dream Studio comes jam packed with the most up to date and inclusive audio, video and image editing software that will take the user through the post production process.
Rather than having user search software manager and updater or using terminal to enter codes, install the latest software or multimedia plugins, Dream Studio includes this in its installation process. It isn’t so much a unique operating system, as it is Unity– equipped with, what some would call, necessary inefficient multimedia packages.
Understand, all applications included with Dream Studio can be found on the web and added to ones own current Linux operating system distribution- without the need for Unity. However, Dream Studios design was to be the complete package for users requiring advanced software tools to launch their newest website, edit their next video project or pitch their newest audio piece.
So, if you would prefer to have a more ‘press and play’ system that can be used to create graphics, music, video, or websites, you could either purchase the individual software for each application and then install each title on the necessary machines, or you could install Dream Studio along side your current Linux distribution. This operating system based on Ubuntu Unity 12.04 and is the product of Dick MacInnis.
Dream Studio includes the following applications:
Ardour: Professional digital audio workstation, comparable to Digidesign Pro Tools, Steinberg’s Cubase/Nuendo, Apple’s Logic, and Sonar for music/film scoring.
Blender (with Oceansim patch): A free industry must- 3D graphics application, similar to 3DS Max and Maya
Bombono: DVD authoring program comparable to iDVD and many other DVD authoring software.
Cinelerra: Non-linear video editing, comparable to leading solutions such as Apple’s Final Cut Express and iMovie, Sony Vegas, and Adobe Premiere. New Light UI theme.
CinePaint 1.0: The same software used by editors of the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.
Darktable: A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers similar to Adobe Lighroom
GIMP: Raster graphics editor with features similar to Adobe Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro
Inkscape: Vector graphics editor with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, and Xara X.
Ivy Bridge Support: Includes the Linux 3.8 kernel which will allows users to use proprietary hardware drivers like that from Nvidia.
Kompozer: Complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing similar to Adobe Dreamweaver and Apple iWeb
Light Works: The editing choice for many professional productions including both Pulp Fiction and Braveheart.
Scribus: Professional page layout, akin to Quark Xpress, Adobe Indesign, and Microsoft Publisher.
SlowMoVideo: Makes Fluid videos and supports drawing speed curves.
SynfigStudio 0.64: Kinetic typography, video titling and credits and cartoon animations.
Dream Studio also includes:
- Up to date program releases
- Drum machines like Hydrogen
- Close to 100 software synthesizers
- An audio mastering suite (JAMin)
- Standard software for day to day work, such as Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, and more
For most users, Dream Studio may be a bit of overkill, in that, many of the installed software either is not very user friendly or requires more essential patches before it preforms as desired and many may find their system bogged down or running hot because of the many useless, pre-installed multimedia programs that are repetitious in design and function. At the end of the day, The design of Dream Studio is present everything that is on the market and the role of the end user should be to scale bake and refine/target what specific applications are needed.
To date, Dream Studio is a repainted Ubuntu Unity, that still has the strengths and weaknesses as the release, this comes despite the developers attempt to create and excellent multimedia package. For instance, applications such as Firefox, Cinelerra and Ardour include customized themes but in terms of functionality and user-ability, they measure the same with a few tweaks and modifications- that (at times) are designed to hide other major flaws of the application.
A warning to non-Unity users
For many users, Unity s fine- for everyone else, there is a reason the newer Unity release has lead Ubuntu to drop to the number 4th most used Linux release, aside from Linux Mint, Android. Magela and even the restricted Macintosh. Dream Studio comes packaged with all the bells and whistles of Unity but that still does not mask that still, underneath the hood, the fledgling Ubuntu Unity desktop. So many users will not see it, as better but more as a Unity. So when you fire up Dream Studio, understand that is more software packages running on Unity.