Depending on how you installed the software, you can log in as root or as a user if you used a package.

Figure A.1: Clockwise: Viewer; Compositor; Resources and Main/Program/Timeline
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You will now see 4 separate windows appear. The top 2 windows from left to right are the Viewer which is most useful for previewing clips and media and the Compositor which displays the current working frame at the timeline position. The bottom 2 windows are the CINELERRA-GG Program, also called the timeline, which is where the real work gets done and the Resources window showing a selection of media or effects.

Any of these windows can be resized to better suit your needs. Note that if your system’s native language is not English, some of the words you see on the screen will be correctly translated for you, others will be in english, and some will have not very good translations.

It is important to know that CINELERRA-GG does not directly change your media. It writes all changes to what is called the EDL, Edit Decision List. This way you original media remains completely intact.

Before you get startedi here is a note about Context Help. If you need more detailed information on a window, menu, button or other particular GUI element than is shown in the tooltip, press Alt/h hotkey and the HTML page in your configured web browser will display the documentation for the item currently under the mouse.

The CINELERRA-GG Community, 2021