Video editing Softwares

Video editing tips from a linux video editor

1. Cinelerra


  • License: GNU GPL
  • Support for video compositing and Effects and Transitions
  • Drag and drop files from file manager
  • OpenGL-driven GPU acceleration for video playback
  • Official website(s): (original) heroinewarrior
  • Community website for Cinelerra video editor:  cinelerra-cv

I strongly advice to follow instructions in cinelerra-cv, where there’s also an attempt to explain reasons why different versions are available and how to download all of them I recommend GG version, which is an effort to put together the best from different version and also implements Ffmpeg.


6. OpenShot

Not so stable when tweaking audio track


  • License: GNU GPL v3
  • Support for multiple file types based on FFmpeg
  • Drag and drop files from file manager
  • Support for 2D titles (thanks to Inkscape) and 3D-animated titles (thanks to Blender)
  • Digital zooming
  • Animated video transition with preview
  • Support for video compositing and watermark images
  • Scrolling eding credits or texts
  • Official website:

2. Avidemux


  • License: GNU GPL
  • Cross-platform (Linux, BSD, MacOS X, Windows)
  • Supports both GUI and command-line modes
  • Support for JavaScript (thanks to SpiderMonky JavaScript engine)
  • Built-in subtitle processing
  • Official website:

3. Kdenlive


  • License: GNU GPL v2+
  • Video editor for the KDE desktop
  • Support for multiple file types based on FFmpeg
  • Video/audio effects and transitions
  • Ability ot mix video, audio and still images from different sources
  • Video capture from cameras, webcams, Video4Linux devices or X11 screen
  • Export to Internet video sharing sites such as YouTube, Dailymotion or Vimeo
  • Official website:

4. Pitivi


  • License: GNU LGPL
  • Video import, conversion and rendering powered by GStreamer Editing Service
  • Video/audio effects and transitions
  • Support for keyframes and video compositing
  • Detachable UI
  • Multi-language support (thanks to GNOME integration)
  • Official website:

5. Jahshaka

  • License: GNU GPL
  • Cross-platform (Linux, Windows, Osx)
  • Support for 2D/3D animation effects and video composting
  • Support for collaborative editing (e.g., editing server and centralized database)
  • Media/asset management
  • GPU based effects
  • Official website:



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