I'd like to find a good solid video editing software for Linux, preferably open-source.

I've recently tried Cinelerra and Kdenlive, however kdenlive crashed on me a trifle too often for my liking. Cinelerra seems to have a bit of a learning curve behind it, as I was unsuccessful at importing a single clip (didn't seem to auto detect the format correctly).

I'm a big Blender user, but the built in VSE is not quite enough for me.

Are there any solid GIMP/Blender equivalent programs for video editing?

I haven't tried Openshot in a while, but it was very unstable last time I tried it. If it's gotten better I might have to give it another go.

  • KDEnlive is far less crashy now (Jan 2017). It's the best of the bunch if you just want to be able to wade in and not learn a new interface IMO. I tried Lightworks recently, it seems good but the interface was too kooky for me.
    – pbhj
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 17:15
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    @pbhj Good to know, thanks; I'll give it a whirl next time I have something to edit. I don't mind learning some interfaces, but lightworks looks a bit proprietary for my taste..
    – gandalf3
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 20:05
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    – phuclv
    Commented Jul 7, 2018 at 10:31
  • Note: [phuclv's comment](itsfoss.com/best-video-editing-software-linux) suggests kdenlive by a voting sample size of 4,600. It was probably written around Dec. 19, 2017. Many more people voted than on the direct answers to this question. So I'm gonna go with kdenlive Commented Jun 15, 2020 at 21:46

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I recently came across Shotcut. It runs on Linux and it is based on the same backend as OpenShot: the MLT toolkit. It is opensource and crossplatform.

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  • There site is down. "Your website is ready. This site has been successfully created and is ready for content to be added. Replace this default page with your own index page." Do you think they will have it up soon or are they not very supported?
    – user10405
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 8:51
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    @Daniel Try here instead: mltframework.org/bin/view/Shotcut/WebHome
    – gandalf3
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 9:02
  • @Daniel I misstyped the link. It is shotcut.org not .com
    – Cornelius
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 10:54
  • What Are your experiences with this? Currently I have little more then a link and a screenshot. Could you make this more of a recommendation? Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 21:17
  • I tried a lot of open source video editors, but this is the best and it doesn't crash (yeah, it doesn't!!) in Windows. Commented Jun 20, 2016 at 10:53

I rarely do video editing, but in the past used OpenShot. The "learning curve" is pretty low (compared to Cinerella), and it nicely integrates with Blender and other tools.

OpenShot Screenshot
OpenShot screenshot (source: OpenShot; click image for larger variant – and the link for more screenshots)

Other than your experience, OpenShot never crashed on me. It ran smooth and stable, exported fine, editing was a breeze. I have to admit, my last use of it was back in January/February 2014 – but I'd rather expect it to have improved since then ;)

  • I'll give it another shot then :) (no pun intended :P)
    – gandalf3
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 11:46
  • Yepp: Open your installer and give it a Shot :D
    – Izzy
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 13:20
  • I must be very good at this.. I managed to lock it up, however it felt a lot more stable and less buggy than it did before (in the past the preview window was subject to all kinds of drawing bugs, but not anymore). Could be a solution, but I'll try out the others first.
    – gandalf3
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 8:45
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    Openshot 1.4.3 hasn't been updated in a while (the author it's working on version 2.0) and for the time I used it it seemed very stable.
    – Cornelius
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 11:00
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    While talking about Blender, it's good to notice that Blender itself has a built-in video editor!
    – Pithikos
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 15:15

I haven't tried it yet, but flowblade looks really promising!

It advertises advanced compositing and animation features and has a polished-looking UI

product photo


c&p from https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/a/11482/7170

How about PiTiVi? It's a Free Software video editor based on GStreamer. It's written in Python and should run on windows, although I wouldn't expect it to run as well there.

Have a look at the manual to see whether it fits your needs. PiTiVi main window

oh, they also have a fundraiser running.

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    "should run on windows": rather not a criterium, as the OP explicitly asked "for Linux". But mentioning GStreamer already points to its running on Linux; apart from that, it's one of the better known video editors for Linux even. So instead of "simply c&p" (duplicating content), you should at least edit your answer to match the question :)
    – Izzy
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 10:00
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    Looks very nice, however it failed to import a clip, throwing a python traceback and a type error. I'll keep messing with it though..
    – gandalf3
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 8:43

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