I finally got Ubuntu Studio (gutsy) installed directly from the ISO using the the nice Ubuntu wiki article. I did have issues with it not picking up my video card (nvidia 6600gt), but I got around that by booting to the recovery console and installing the needed nvidia stuff. Hopefully, the new alpha does the bullet proof X stuff!
Anyways, I have never done any podcasting/video creation using Linux. I did not know where to start off, so I started trying the programs one by one. The sound category is a winner, and audacity does all that I need really well.
The video part, is another story! I tried cinelerra, and it was way too complicated for me to use. I have the sneaky suspicion that it has a steep learning curve, but is a great tool. Only time will tell 🙂
I ended up using kdenlive to put all my videos together. I also used avidemux to edit some of the clips. It took me a while to understand how everything works, but I finally got a handle on it. Everything was fine and dandy till I tried exporting my video. The audio sync with the video was screwed up, right at the end. No matter what I did, it screwed up the video that I captured from my video camera. The frustrating part was that the preview window displayed the video correctly.
I finally googled around, and looked at a bug related to ntsc and audio sync problems on kdenlive. I changed that to PAL (who cares, we are doing digital video anyways!) and it exported correctly. Here is the obligatory youtube link!