HOWTO: Compile Cinelerra 4.3

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On August,5th,2011, Adam Williams and his staff at Heroine Virtual released a new Version of Cinelerra. Unlike the prior versions(enhancements) this one contains many bugfixes. With a little work by yourself you will be able to compile and install this latest release on your sabayon-installation, which exceeds the CV-Version in many ways. A better Stability and better Render-Speed for example. So let's start:

1. Check for dependencies

At first be sure you have the following packages installed:


2. Download and unpack the sources

Go to and get your source-code. Then unpack it to your desired place in your installation.

You should get a "cinelerra-4.3"-Folder

3. Patching some files

Here we have business as usual at cinelerra. A normal configure, make, make install won't do it. You will get compile errors. So we have to change the source-code a little bit.

Create an empty textfile and name it "cinelerra-4.3-quicktime.patch" for example. Copy and paste the following in this textfile and save it.

diff -ur cinelerra-4.3.orig/quicktime/configure cinelerra-4.3/quicktime/configure
--- cinelerra-4.3.orig/quicktime/configure	2009-09-16 15:24:09.000000000 -0700
+++ cinelerra-4.3/quicktime/configure	2011-08-07 15:16:53.821297032 -0700
@@ -80,7 +80,7 @@
 # 030209
 #cd thirdparty/ffmpeg* && ./configure --enable-pthreads --enable-libfaad --enable-gpl --disable-ffplay --extra-cflags=-I$TOPDIR/$LIBFAAD_PATH/include --extra-libs=-L$TOPDIR/$LIBFAAD_PATH/libfaad/.libs/ --disable-ffmpeg --disable-ffserver --disable-ffplay  && cd ../..
 # 052906
-cd thirdparty/ffmpeg* && ./configure --enable-pthreads --enable-gpl --disable-ffplay --extra-cflags=-I$TOPDIR/$LIBFAAD_PATH/include --extra-libs=-L$TOPDIR/$LIBFAAD_PATH/libfaad/.libs/ --disable-ffserver --disable-ffplay  && cd ../..
+cd thirdparty/ffmpeg* && ./configure --disable-vaapi --enable-pthreads --enable-gpl --disable-ffplay --extra-cflags=-I$TOPDIR/$LIBFAAD_PATH/include --extra-libs=-L$TOPDIR/$LIBFAAD_PATH/libfaad/.libs/ --disable-ffserver --disable-ffplay  && cd ../..
 if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then echo "Giving up and going to a movie."; exit 1; fi
diff -ur cinelerra-4.3.orig/quicktime/Makefile cinelerra-4.3/quicktime/Makefile
--- cinelerra-4.3.orig/quicktime/Makefile	2011-07-29 01:25:00.000000000 -0700
+++ cinelerra-4.3/quicktime/Makefile	2011-08-07 15:16:18.434348511 -0700
@@ -262,7 +262,7 @@
 all: $(OBJDIR) $(OUTPUT)
 	find $(FFMPEG_DIR)/libavcodec/ -name *.o >> $(OBJDIR)/objs
 	find $(FFMPEG_DIR)/libavformat/ -name *.o >> $(OBJDIR)/objs
 	find $(FFMPEG_DIR)/libavutil/ -name *.o >> $(OBJDIR)/objs
diff -ur cinelerra-4.3.orig/quicktime/thirdparty/faac-1.24/frontend/main.c cinelerra-4.3/quicktime/thirdparty/faac-1.24/frontend/main.c
--- cinelerra-4.3.orig/quicktime/thirdparty/faac-1.24/frontend/main.c	2008-07-09 17:51:19.000000000 -0700
+++ cinelerra-4.3/quicktime/thirdparty/faac-1.24/frontend/main.c	2011-08-07 15:19:06.592354688 -0700
@@ -30,7 +30,7 @@
 #ifdef HAVE_LIBMP4V2
-# include <mp4.h>
+# include <mp4v2/mp4v2.h>
 #define DEFAULT_TNS     1

Now place your patch in the cinelerra-4.3 folder, open a terminal which points to this folder and execute:

 $ patch -p1 < cinelerra-4.3-quicktime.patch 

4. Update some files in the source-code

Unfortunately we have to do a little bit more to get a flawless compilation. Sabayon 6 has the default compiler in version gcc-4.5.2. The program parts "festival" and "speech_tools" in the source code won't compile with this gcc-version because the code in cinelerra is simply to old. So we have to replace it with the latest versions.

Go to: and download festival-2.1 and speech_tools-2.1. Unpack.

Now open your favorite filemanager and go to "cinelerra-4.3/thirdparty/". There you have the festival and speech_tools Folder. Delete the complete content in both folders. Copy in the now empty folders the fresh content of your downloaded and unpacked festival and speech_tools-2.1-folders.

Finally we are done and we can proceed to the:

5. Compilation

Now open a terminal which points to the "cinelerra-4.3"-folder and execute:

 $ ./configure 

Followed by:

 $ make 

Become root:

 $ su 

Followed by your root-password


 # make install 

In the "cinelerra-4.3/bin"-Folder you'll have your fresh Cinelerra-4.3 with the cinelerra executable.

Have fun and be creative!