I've used ScreenFlow on a Mac for many years. As a software developer it is useful to record my screen. Then immediately drop into a simple video editor. I typically cut video, freeze frames, add text, add images and sometimes remove audio.

I don't think I'm going to get a combination screen recordor/editor as powerful as this anywhere else. Can you recommend an editor that can take a screen recording and provide some/most/all of the features above on Linux? (Specifically Elementary os which is based on Ubuntu):

Some of the options I've found:

Avidemux (website looks clunky for a design based tool)
Open Broadcaster Software (I've used this to stream video games. Haven't tried it as a video editor)
Simple screen recorder

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Screenrecording: Kazam

Kazam is pretty easy to handle but quite powerful for a simple screen recorder. You can record a single Window, the whole Screen or a predefined area. You can set a timer when the Recording should start. The best thing: It just works!

It does not come with any video editing.

Simple Video Editing: OpenShot

I have made good experience with OpenShot although I never did much video edititng. It has all the basic functionality for a video editor like you requested:

  • Cut Video
  • Freeze Frames
  • Add Text
  • Add Images
  • Remove Audio (of course add Audio too)
  • Exactly what I was looking for. However, OOB these products have some issues on a HiDPI monitor. Not usable at the time of this writing on HiDPI May 22, 2017 at 1:20

For recording on my Linux desktops I use gtkRecordMyDesktop. Saves in Ogg format.

For editing, I've only used old versions of Premier with Wine (way old, like version 5.0 from 2000-ish) and I've played with kdenlive but not in many moons.

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