[CinCV] Announcement from Michael Collins (the new registrant of cinelerra.org)

Michael Collins michael.collins at cinevention.org
Sun Mar 16 00:12:44 CET 2014

The recent insecure screed from Mr. Montgomery is very peculiar.  When I
"grabbed" Cinelerra.Org, it was a website which which was literally
abandoned and about to go to a Domain Auction since none of you on the
list, over a several month period, refused to "grab" and do something with
it on your own.  So, Mr. Montgomery is clearly wrong on that count.

Now, regarding not doing anything in the first few weeks after the
transfer, I made it clear from the beginning that the re-build was going
to take some time and the plan was to release it before an important media
convention in April. Since none of you showed any interest to update it on
your own, I did not see any reason to make any immediate changes for your
benefit. The plan to release the first stage of the re-write for a
specific purpose at the trade show is still in effect. Considering nobody
from the list has really bothered to extend themselves with any ideas or
direction, except in a somewhat cursory fashion to me since my opening
statements on the website itself and in a few e-mails directed to the most
recent "active" list members I am assuming everyone is following Mr.
Montgomery's lead and sitting back and watching. My specific purpose in
contacting so-called active members of the list ahead of time is because I
have a significant commitment from a major sponsor which I will release
over the next month to responsible parties working on important pieces of
Cinelerra. If no one has any openness nor cooperative nature towards me
and the direction I want to take things here, I wont bother you. So, I
will hold off on pursuing that level of cooperation as everyone would
prefer to follow Mr. Montogomery's lead and "watch".

Finally, considering that Cinelerra as a concept was originally an  idea,
which I first suggested to Adam Williams as the next stage of his already
published Broadcast 2000, I am not going to apologize to anyone for
"grabbing" a moribund and failed project  and trying to breath  life into
it on my own time, money, and support. Particularly, since I have 
personal stake in Cinelerra which pre-dates any of the efforts of anyone
on the list, except for Adam himself. I do recall with a big splash that
many of you left Cinelerra entirely to start a new project which stalled
to a halt quite a while ago.  So, maybe that option is still out there for
those who don't like me or my style. The only key element you will never
have is the far-reaching and inspired leadership of a great and historic
inventor and innovator like Adam Williams.

Developers I have worked with for years here on the West Coast  have  a
strong interest in supporting a new direction for Cinelerra which will
include extensive support for Adam's work and also from members of the
community who will likely be new members and older members after they have
stopped "watching". After these first few weeks I can see why the site was
dead and  I can see why Adam's response to so much of what has gone on
here is probably and usually a very generous "meh".

> When I said 'I didn't mind' it was more 'doesn't really affect me'.
> I haven't seen Michael do anything yet aside from grab the domain and
> send mail.   If he turns out to pour time and energy into Cinelerra,
> then we can decide if it's good for the project or not.  Or maybe
> that's the last we're going to hear from him. In which case, the
> proper reaction is probably an Adam-like 'meh'.
> My take is send mail, say hello, and go about our business for now.
> Monty



Michael Collins

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michael.collins at cinelerra.org

Phone - 855.562.3456 x804

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