One of the all-time perks of having an open source operating system is the free stuff. Linux is no way stingy on the loads of free software it offers to its ardent fans. Among this is a bunch of cool Linux video editing software that we will be looking into here.
Lightworks answers every video editors need for features and more features. Not only is it professional and feature filled it is also cross-platform. Lightworks prides itself as well in having resolution and video support for up to 4K and HD and SD formats respectively.
This application comes in two versions:
- Lightworks Free
- Lightworks Pro
Pro version has an in-depth selection of features to choose from such as 4K, higher resolution support, and Blue Ray support and much more.
- Simple & intuitive User Interface
- Easy timeline editing & trimming
- Real-time ready to use audio & video FX
- Access amazing royalty-free audio & video content
- Lo-Res Proxy workflows for 4K
- Export video for YouTube/Vimeo, SD/HD, up to 4K
The software is full of features and professionally put together.
The free version has limitations.
Shotcut greets you with a user interface that will easily have you confuse it with a media player. Don’t be fooled though, this software has pretty awesome features. Shotcut gives the user a comfortable stress-free video editing experience. For those basic video editing projects, Shotcut will serve you very well. On the downside should you need to work on some complex pro project Shotcut will exhibit some limitations? Shotcut is still a robust Linux based video editor.
- Available on Linux, macOS, and Windows.
- Supports a diverse range of video, audio, and image file types.
- Editing is done natively to the timeline.
- Frame rate and resolution mixing and matching are possible within projects.
- A gallery of effects, mixing and filters are available for use.
- Thumbnails and waveforms on a Multitrack.
- The number of undo and redo is unlimited. A history view and playlist edit view is available
- Edit to your preferences at will. Resize, scale, trimming, snap, rotate, and cut clips as required.
- Monitor your project via an external system using an additional display or monitor.
- Hardware support
- Works comfortably handling most video editing tasks.
- 4K videos are supported.
- Available on major operating systems, fully cross-platform.
Many features make the software a bit complex.
This software fits the bill of being both open source and free. With Kdenlive splitting, transitioning, cutting, special video effects and much more are all at your fingertips. It is also worth mentioning that file format and camcorder/camera support is packed into this great software. Working with Kdenlive is quite an enjoyable experience.
Kdenlive packs an array of features including;
- Multi-track video editing
- Use any audio/video format
- Configurable interface and shortcuts
- Title creator
- Many effects and transitions
- Audio and video scopes
- Proxy editing
- Automatic backup
- Online resources
- Timeline preview
- Keyframeable effects
- Themable interface
- All-around and all-purpose video editing capabilities.
- If you are familiar with video editing everything will be smooth sailing.
- Confusing if you are in search of simplicity. It may still be confusing if you are looking for something extremely simple
- Be ready to have space to spare on your machine, KDE applications come well bloated
If you prefer intuitive video editing Pitivi is here for you. This free non-linear open source software is loaded with multiple feature support. Cut, snap, trim and split clips to your preference. Pitivi’s user-friendly UI is a plus since complex operations have been simplified to a drag and drop with direct manipulation model. Pitivi is a pioneer in open source as a software supporting Material Exchange Format (MEF). Use keyboard shortcuts and the Pitivi curve system to work also on audio mixing. Best of all it is free.
- Being easy to get around and learning its functions.
- Having a project backup setting that is automated.
- Processing of waveforms and thumbnails in the background.
- The precision that is high and measurable to the nanosecond.
- Having a frame rate that is independent of the timeline.
- Compatibility tied to Linux only.
- Compared to other professional software it has limited features.
- Relies too heavily on GStreamer
Avidemux is one of the acclaimed cross-platform video editors. Though simple in its video editing approach you will comfortably edit and output your videos hassle-free. As you work around with it note that Avidemux supports AVI, MP4, MPEG, ASF and many more formats and codecs. Filter, cut, merge, split and encode your videos then output them to your iPad, PSP, iPhone or other devices at the click of a button.
- Using this program, you can easily clip out your video selections.
- It supports multiple common output formats that you may require.
- Its interface is quite clear and uncluttered.
- The major point that goes against this software is that it is a little hard to get accustomed to and also quite difficult to use.
- Using this program to convert videos can be quite confusing.
Cinelerra pushes for user-friendly interface accompanied by sample level accuracy when handling all video editing projects. Cinelerra’s tools will capture, compose and edit your videos to your satisfaction.
- Non-linear editing
- Support for HD videos
- Built-in frame renderer
- Various video effects
- Unlimited layers
- Split pane editing
- Edits videos in real time
- A wide array of editing features
- Compatible with multiple operating systems including Linux
- Does not support every codec
- Not suitable for beginners
The developers at LiVES put together this software for the Linux OS. Linux users can now enjoy optimized video editing while experiencing video performance in real-time. Some settings are automated with video format and frame aspect ratio adjusted within the software. This leaves you with the sole focus of making and editing your videos effortlessly. Since LiVES can mix clips, switch and multitrack timelines being the local Video Jockey has never been easier.
Some main features of LiVES:
- Loading and editing of almost every video format via mplayer
- Smooth playback at variable rates
- Frame accurate cutting
- Saving and re-encoding of clips
- Lossless backup and restore
- Real time blending of clips
- Supports fixed and variable frame rates
- Multiple effects
- Customizable effects and transitions
- Dynamic loading of effects
- Has a wide selection of editing features
LiVES on the downside;
Lack of broad community support
Blender has made its name as a 3D computer graphics application. Produce animations and video effects via this interactive software. In terms of video editing, Blender has several features related to video editings like rendering, animating, camera tracking, particle simulation, and others. Blender will not only model something for you it will as well boost your video editing projects at no extra cost.
Blender features the following;
- Histogram displays, live preview, chroma vectorscope, and luma waveform.
- Waveform visualization, scrubbing, syncing, and Audio mixing.
- Slots for adding scenes, video, audio, images, masks, and effects up to 32 available
- Filters, adjustment layers, Speed control, transitions, keyframes, and more
Blender gets upvotes for;
- Professional grade editing
Blender on the downside;
- Complicated, not for the newbies
- Mainly focused on 3D animation, and not on regular video editing
9. Open Shot
This is all-around software fits the bill in all areas related to video editing. Written in Python and open source, Open Shot offers users better feature support for most image, audio, and video formats. Cut, snap, trim crop, drag and drop seamlessly with it. Your video transitions, 3D effects, compositing are bound to look much better on Open Shot. This software supports keyframe animation, audio and digital effect mixing and editing, video encoding and digital zooming. There is seems to be no limit to what Open Shot can do.
Open Shot features;
- Support for varied FFmpeg based types of video, image formats, and audio.
- drag and drop support and easy Gnome integration.
- Video cutting, resizing, trimming, and scaling.
- Video transitions
- Include watermarks placement
- animated 3D type titles
- Digital zooming
- Video effects
- Speed changes
Open Shot pros;
- Ideal for everything required in average video editing
- Cross-platform availability.
Open Shot Cons;
- A not to steep learning curve for those who are new to the video editing world.
- Doesn’t quite hit the mark of being a professional level movie making and editing software.
Flowblade is another name in the list. Featuring a multi-track nonlinear editing interface Flowblade has been steadily making its name as a video editor of choice. The tools at your disposal guarantee you a great experience while editing your videos and audios. More than one move and trim tool and diverse techniques of clip insertion and overwriting on the timeline. In addition to these, you have image and audio filters for that overall professional touch on your audio and video projects.
- Lightweight application
- Noncomplex interface for simple tasks like split, merge, overwrite etc
- Plenty of audio and video effects and filters
- Proxy editing Support
- Supports Drag and drop
- A wide range of video, audio, and image formats supported
- Batch rendering
- Video transitions and filters
- Being Lightweight.
- Working well as a general purpose video editor.
- You are stuck with it on Linux alone.
Video editing on Linux gets more interesting and enjoyable by the day. Go ahead give it a shot.