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Best video editing software for linux from my point of view - Kdenlive

Best video editing software for linux


In this topic I'm gonna answer the question what is the best video editing software for linux? from my point of view

      You shifted from windows to linux , So you probably searched for an alternative to video editing programs you were using that is preferably free. I'm here to introduce you to one of the best free video editing software for linux (If not the best) and it's kdenlive (acronym for KDE Non-Linear Video Editor). For a free software, you will be stunned by how functional the interface of that video editor is. This is an open source software that comes under the terms of the GNU General Public License. As the main website states "Our software was designed to answer most needs, from basic video editing to professional work."

Some of the features highlighted on the main website are :

  • Multi-track video editing
  • Use any audio / video format
  • Configurable interface and shortcuts
  • Create 2D titles for your project
  • Many effects and transitions
  • Audio and video scopes
  • Proxy editing
  • Automatic backup
  • Online resources
  • Timeline preview
  • Keyframeable effects
  • Themable interface
  • Video effects of this free software are provided by Frei0r (a minimalistic plugin API for video effects) and the audio effect uses LADSPA (which is an acronym for Linux Audio Developer's Simple Plugin API)


       Although I knew Kdenlive when I shifted to linux , but then I knew that Kdenlive is also available for windows. it comes with small size of the installation package. I have used this open source software myself for editing some videos I made for one of my channels and It was covering all my video editing needs.

Steps to download and install

  • Go to the main download page
  • Download the .appimage file : the best thing about.appimage is that it works with all GNU/Linux distros

  • Go to the download folder
  • Right click on the kdenlive appimage
  • Choose "Properties"

  • Go to "permissions" tab

  • And make sure that "Allow this file to run as a program" is checked

  • Now double click on the .appimage file and it'll run kdenlive
  • This was the easiest way to install it .
  • You can also install kdenlive via terminal "CTRL+ALT+T" :First enter this code "sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kdenlive/kdenlive-stable" , then enter this one "sudo apt-get update", Then this one "sudo apt-get install kdenlive"

Now you have installed kdenlive Here's a screenshot from my x ubuntu distro