Free Video Editing Software for Linux

I’ve already featured free video editing software for Windows and Mac. I can’t leave out Linux, so here’s a list of free non-linear video editing software
for all you Linux users out there.

Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities. It is reffered to as the closest thing to VirtualDubMod there is for linux.

Blender is an open source software 3D animation program. It can be used for modelling, uv unwrapping, texturing, rigging, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulating, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications. Blender is available for several operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, IRIX, Solaris, FreeBSD, SkyOS, MorphOS and Pocket PC. Blender has a robust feature set similar in scope and depth to other high-end 3D software such as Softimage|XSI, Cinema 4D, 3ds Max and Maya. These features include advanced simulation tools such as rigid body dynamics, fluid dynamics, and softbody dynamics, modifier based modeling tools, powerful character animation tools, a node based material and compositing system and an embedded scripting engine based on Python.

Cinelerra, the first Linux based real-time editing and special effects system is a revolutionary Open Source HD media editing system. Long developed by Heroine Warrior with vital assistance from LMA, Cinelerra gives you real-time 1080p editing and compositing power on a state-of-art Linux video workstation. Developed for AMD64 OPTERON technology, the LMA CINELERRA system is a powerful and highly productive workstation for adding cost effective hardware and Linux software for Video and film production studios. The LMA CINELERRA system will support SMPTE-292 and SMPTE-259 native 10-bit resolution – the maximum resolution allowed in SMPTE SDI standards on OPTERON. CINELERRA was the first media editing system ported to support the AMD OPTERON 64 bit technology. CINELERRA has a number of effects built into the system including numerous telecine effects, video special effects including compositing, and a complete audio effects system. Cinelerra is featured on the APRO, the first 64 Bit Intellistation ever offered by IBM.
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FFmpeg is a collection of free software that can record, convert and stream digital audio and video. It includes libavcodec (a leading audio/video codec library), and libavformat (a leading audio/video container mux and demux library). FFmpeg is developed under Linux, but it can be compiled under most operating systems, including Windows. The project was started by Gerard Lantau, a pseudonym of Fabrice Bellard, and is now maintained by Michael Niedermayer. It is notable that most FFmpeg developers are also part of the MPlayer project, the VLC/VideoLAN project, plus one member of the xine project, and that FFmpeg is hosted at the MPlayer project server.

Jahshaka aims to become a cross-platform, open source, free, video editing, effects, and compositing suite. It is currently in alpha stage, supporting realtime effects rendering, but lacking useful implementations of many features such as the non-linear editing system. It is written using Trolltech’s Qt, but its user interface is written using an OpenGL library to create GUIs.

Kdenlive is a video editing GUI for KDE using the MLT video framework. Kdenlive provides dual video monitors, a multi-track timeline and clip list. Other features include customizable layout support, basic effects and transitions.

Kino is a non-linear DV editor for GNU/Linux. It features excellent integration with IEEE-1394 for capture, VTR control, and recording back to the camera. It captures video to disk in Raw DV and AVI format, in both type-1 DV and type-2 DV (separate audio stream) encodings.

LiVES began in 2002 as the Linux Video Editing System. Since it now runs on more operating systems, LiVES is a Video Editing System. It is designed to be simple to use, yet powerful. It is small in size, yet it has many advanced features.

PiTiVi is an open source video editor, written in Python and based on GStreamer and GTK+. PiTIVi provides several ways of creating and modifying a timeline. Ranging from a simple synopsis view (a-la iMovie) to the full-blown editing view (aka Complex View) which puts you in complete control of your editing.

Thoggen is a DVD backup utility (‘DVD ripper’) for Linux, based on GStreamer and Gtk+. Thoggen is designed to be easy and straight-forward to use. It attempts to hide the complexity many other transcoding tools expose and tries to offer sensible defaults that work okay for most people most of the time. Supports title preview, picture cropping, and picture resizing. Language Selection for audio track (no subtitle support yet though). Encodes into Ogg/Theora video. Can encode from local directory with video DVD files

If you know of any free, open-source video editing software for Linux, please feel free to leave a comment or let me know so I could add it to the list.

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  1. I always like free software. Then if it’s free, it will for attractive. Now I am using Ubuntu with dual boot windows 7. I was looking for video editor software for Ubuntu.

  2. This list might sound stimulating, but I have tried all this software and either it is insanely difficult to use (Cinelerra) or just lacks features that even the more basic windows video editing software has.

    Video editing is NOT good in linux unless you just want the basic cutting and sticking together of videos (there are filters e.g. in avidemux, but seriously, the standard is just not up to windows software). Saying this, I AM an avid linux fan, and see potential in the PiTiVi to produce something competitive to windows software.. but in the distant future (5 years?)

  3. @mintlover62 – What version of Linux are you using? There are a lot of video editors out there for Linux and most if not all, are in this list. Why are you having a hadr time choosing one? What features are you looking for? Anyways, you’re welcome! :)

  4. @ron – I see. I haven't tried the Bayanihan Linux but I've heard of it before. What's the difference between Bayanihan and other Linux versions? Btw, I don't think I'm the right person to ask coz my experience and knowledge with Linux is very limited. :D

  5. @valerie – It's really up to you if you want to make it dual boot or not. Before you do that, maybe you can try out Ubuntu first and see if you like it. Then if you do decide to have your laptop do a dual boot, let me know so I can give you the steps/procedures on how to do it. You're welcome! :)

  6. Kuya jaypee thank you for sharing this..
    i was wondering maganda po ba kung mag dual boot ako ng laptop ko one Microsoft XP and yung second Ubuntu?? parang ang ganda ng Ubuntu eh.. advise….

    thank you for sharing these kuya!

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