I need a simple tool to edit and annotate a video, simply.

  • Annotations should look like YouTube annotations (bubbles or similar). Subtitles are not enough.
  • It has to be available for Linux.
  • I would like something like Popcorn Maker (from Mozilla), but it has to run locally. Actually, that's exactly what I want, except I don't want to send my video online.

I tried OpenShot, which is quite ok, but annotations are not possible yet.

Do you have any idea?

  • I need the same on windows. Commented Apr 26, 2015 at 20:53

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What do you mean by annotations? just putting text boxes over the video? This is usally called a title.

of course OpenShot can do that just use two tracks and make the titel not fill the entire screen.

same with kdenlive

shotcut even has their own video tutorial on how to do it

  • Yes, use OpenShot and add a Title. In current version 3.1 there are already some nice examples in the "Title Library" which can be freely adjusted to your needs.
    – jmizv
    Commented Aug 4, 2023 at 9:09

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