Best Open Source Video Editing Software for Linux

OpenShot video editor for Linux is an easy to use, yet powerful video editor for Linux. OpenShot uses a familiar timeline interface which provides hundreds of video effects, transitions and titles that can be previewed as you create.

Kdenlive is an intuitive and powerful multi-track video editor, licensed under the GNU General Public License, that supports DV, AVCHD and HDV editing. The program features an advanced interface with a modern layout, making it a perfect choice for new users and professionals in web TV and video production.

 Kdenlive

Kdenlive GUI
Kdenlive GUI

Hands down, Kdenlive is potentially the best video editing software for Linux out there right now! What sets it apart from the other video editors is the fact that it is free and comes with a bunch of powerful features as well.

Built on Qt and the KDE Frameworks libraries, Kdenlive’s most of the video processing is done by the MLT Framework, which relies on many other open-source projects like FFmpeg, frei0r, movit, ladspa, sox, etc.…

This video editing software offers customizable layout support, a clip list, a multitrack timeline, automatic backup, keyframe special effects, and transitions. Are you using any unique file format or camcorder? Not a problem — Kdenlive supports almost everything available. It should also be mentioned Kdenlive supports Mac OSX and FreeBSD as well. Another important feature is the Proxy editing. This cool feature can automatically create low-resolution copies of your source clips to allow light-weight editing, and then render using full resolution.

Note: As the editor is aimed at professionals, newbies might find it difficult to operate. Some basic knowledge of video editing is needed to utilize Kdenlive fully.

Kdenlive can be installed on almost any Linux distro, including Ubuntu, elementary OS, Fedora, Manjaro, Arch Linux, Linux Mint, and others.

Blender

Blender is an advanced open source video editing software, that has many useful features, which is why it might be a preferred choice from people who are looking for a more professional video editing solution.

Here are some of the features in question:

  1. 3D modeling
  2. Grid and bridge fill
  3. N-Gon support
  4. Physically accurate shaders
  5. Open Shading Language for developing custom shaders
  6. Automatic skinning
  7. Animation toolset
  8. Sculpting
  9. Fast UV Unwrapping

Installation of Blender

Blender is available for download via the Ubuntu software manager or installed via:

$ sudo apt-get install blender
Blender Video Editor

Shotcut

Shotcut Linux video editor

Shotcut is another video editor for Linux that can be put in the same league as Kdenlive and OpenShot. While it does provide similar features as the other two discussed above, Shotcut is a bit more advanced, with support for 4K videos.

Support for a number of audio and video formats, transitions, and effects are some of the numerous features of Shotcut. An external monitor is also supported here.

There is a collection of video tutorials to get you started with Shotcut. It is also available for Windows and macOS, so you can use what you learn on other operating systems as well.

Shotcut features

  • Cross-platform, available on  Linux, macOS, and Windows
  • Support for a wide range of video, audio, and image formats
  • Native timeline editing
  • Mix and match resolutions and frame rates within a project
  • Audio filters, mixing, and effects
  • Video transitions and filters
  • Multitrack timeline with thumbnails and waveforms
  • Unlimited undo and redo for playlist edits, including a history view
  • Clip resizing, scaling, trimming, snapping, rotation, and cutting
  • Trimming on source clip player or timeline, with ripple option
  • External monitoring on an extra system display/monitor
  • Hardware support

You can read about more features here.

Pros

  • All-purpose video editor for common video editing needs
  • Support for 4K videos
  • Available on Windows and macOS along with Linux

Lightworks Free

Lightworks
Lightworks

This video editor for Linux systems is suitable for professionals in video editing, as the features go beyond the realm of novice editors. The award-winning non-linear editing (NLE) software supports 4K, Blu-Ray, and even SD and HD video formats. Alongside those features, you will also find Low-Res Proxy workflows for 4K and drag-and-drop support.https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

It has voice over, and Mackie MIDI support added recently for Linux users. Lightworks offers the most comprehensive support for analog and digital connections, including 12G, 3G-SDI, Optical audio, HDMI 2, and AES/EBU connectors.

The developers have also added some high-quality video and audio filters and effects aimed at professionals. Unfortunately, this software is not entirely free as it comes in two versions: Lightworks Free and Lightworks Pro. The difference between them is that the latter supports different video formats, while the former does not. Lightworks is available for Windows and Mac OSX as well.

Cinelerra

Cinelerra is a video editor that was released in 2002 and has millions of downloads ever since. It’s designed to be used from both beginners and advanced users. According to developer’s page, CineLerra is designed from artists for artists.

Some of the main features of Cinelerra are:

  1. UI designed for professionals
  2. Build in frame-renderer
  3. Dual-Link
  4. Deck control
  5. CMX compliant EDL functionality
  6. Different effects
  7. Audio editing with unlimited amount of layers
  8. Render farm that renders and transcodes compressed and uncompressed frames

Installation of Cinelerra

For installation of Cinerella, use the instructions provided at official Cineralla installation instructions.

Flowblade

Flowblade movie editor on ubuntu

Flowblade is a multitrack non-linear video editor for Linux. Like the above-discussed ones, this too is free and open source software. It comes with a stylish and modern user interface.

Written in Python, it is designed to be fast and precise. Flowblade has focused on providing the best possible experience on Linux and other free platforms, so there’s no Windows or macOS version for now. It feels good to have a Linux exclusive.

You also get decent documentation to help you use all of its features.

Flowblade features

  • Lightweight application
  • Provide simple interface for simple tasks like split, merge, overwrite, etc.
  • Plenty of audio and video effects and filters
  • Supports proxy editing
  • Drag and drop support
  • Support for a wide range of video, audio, and image formats
  • Batch rendering
  • Watermarks
  • Video transitions and filters
  • Multitrack timeline with thumbnails and waveforms

You can read about more Flowblade features here.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Good for general purpose video editing

Cons

  • Not available on other platforms

Installing Flowblade

Flowblade should be available in the repositories of all major Linux distributions. You can install it from the software center.

Conclusion

Kdenlive is a free video editing software designed for amateurs and professionals who want to create and share videos.

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