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Video Editing Tools for Linux

written by: •edited by: Michael Dougherty•updated: 5/28/2009

The availability of free software makes Linux a cost effective solution for various computing needs, including audio and video editing. Let’s take a look at some of the best video editors available bringing the power of costly Windows video editors to Linux for free (or at a cheaper price).

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    Linux's multimedia capability has grown considerably over the last few years. Today, the availability of advanced tools and resources makes Linux capable of being used as a multimedia production system to be used for various purposes like animation to audio and video editing. Here are some tools that can transform your Linux system into a video editing powerhouse.

    Cinelerra

    Cinelerra is an advanced non-liner video editor for Linux. It is free and open source. Cinelerra's user interface is similar to other popular non-liner video editors such as Adobe Premiere. Cinelerra is designed to do primarily three things, capturing, compositing, and editing audio and video. It has support for high-fidelity audio and video and because it is resolution and frame rate-independent, it can handle videos of any resolution. However, Cinelerra doesn't provide any support.

    Avidemux

    Avidemux is cross platform (Linux, Mac, BSD and Windows) free and open source video editor. It supports various common file types and is designed to handle various video editing tasks like simple cutting, filtering and encoding. It allows for tasks to be automated using its scripting features.

    LiVES

    LiVES is another free and open source video editor for Linux, Mac OS X and BSD. LiVES brings real-time video performance and non-liner editing in a single application. Though it is small in size it sports some advanced features and it is also used as a VJ tool because of its flexibility and capability of mixing clips right form the keyboard.

    PiTiVi

    PiTiVi is video editor based on the GStreamer multimedia framework. It is free and open source. PiTiVi does not force any limitation on audio/video resolutions and formats, number of tracks etc., which differentiates it from other such editor where such limitations are common.

    Kino

    Kino is a free non-linear video editor based on GTK+. It can capture videos in Raw DV and AVI formats and lets you load multiple video clips. It has the capability to export the composite movie in various common formats like Raw DV, DV AVI, WAV, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 etc. It also features many video filters and transitions.

    Jahshaka

    This video editor has not been updated from quite a while but it's powerful features makes it worth a try still. It sports professional grade editing capabilities with features like real time image processing, real time 3D compositing, editing in DV, SD, HD and film etc. It also sports an OpenGL-based paint module, a color correction module and comes with a media player (JahPlayer) that works with virtually all audio and video formats.

    Kdenlive

    Kdenlive is a free and open source video editor for Linux and BSD operating systems. It works with a wide range of camcorders and cameras, supports mulittrack edition, unlimited number of video/audio tracks, capability to export to various standard formats, comes with a set of tools that lets you perform various tasks like move, crop, delete video clips etc. It also sports a wide range of effects and transitions.

    Open Movie Editor

    Open Movie Editor is another free and open source video editor for Linux. It is designed to be simple to use and at the same time provide enough features to make it a powerful video editor for the amateur movie artists. It works with a wide range of audio/video formats, has supports for Frei0r Video Effect Plug-in Standard and comes with a set of built in tools like the color curve filter.