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Top 10 Free Linux Video Editing Software 2014

Updated on January 21, 2014

1. Openshot

This software boasts an amazing feature-set which is crucial for any video editing work. It is an active open source program and is set to be made into versions for Mac and Windows. Furthermore, it has an easy to crack user interface which makes it the ideal choice for video editors who are just beginners.


-has an easy to use interface

-has a remarkable feature-set


-may not provide the in-depth features that professional video editors may need.


2. Cinelerra

This is software made for the needs of more experienced video editors. It has support for high definition videos and audios. It is also appropriate for the fact that it has advanced features such as hue and image flipping. It also makes it easy to synchronize video and audio. It is notable for its amazing results when paired with Blender.


-has many advanced features

-it exists in both the free community version and a commercial one


-may not be easily found in the normal distro repositories


3. Blender

This is software that offers a lot of sophistication to your video editing needs. It offers 3D features for animations creation and computer graphics. Character modelling and misty/smoky effects are some of the features possible with this software. Blender is also much acclaimed for its light effects. When used together with Cinelerra, the results of video editing can be said to be a lot more satisfactory.


-is highly sophisticated video editing software

-provides a remarkable game-creation feature

-it may be difficult to fully grasp the concept features of Blender the first few times you use it


4. Lightworks

This is software which offers a top-notch program for video editing needs. It is said to be amongst the first video editing programs that adopted the computer based, non-linear edition capability. It has an open source version which many people can take advantage of and has a version for use in Mac OS X.

-offers top-notch features for video editors

-has a free version which is useful for many people

-its paid version offers better features and codec support

-may be difficult to use for the non-professional movie editor


5. Kdenlive

This is yet another non-linear video editing program that comes with the advantage of being open-sourced. It is amongst the earliest video editing programs for Linux and has been around since 2002. It is also available for FreeBSD and MaC OSX platforms.


-provides robust multi-track video editing ability

-this is free software which you do not have to pay to use

-offers a number of recent technologies in video editing


-may not provide a very easy experience for the novice video editor


6. Avidemux

This is free source video editing software which offers multi-purpose advantages in video processing and editing. It can be used on several operating system platforms. It offers such editing features as colour corrections, subtitles and HD support. It also comes with immense value as concerns both visual and transformation effects as well as adjustments and corrections. It also comes with the provision for numerous video input and output formats.


-free video editing software

-supports many Operating System platforms


-it may be difficult to understand the editor’s layout the first few times you use it


7. Flowblade Video Editor

This software offers a multi track video editing program for Linux. It is also non-linear video editing software for Linux and is no doubt a renowned entrant in the movie edition scenes. It is noted for the fast and efficient movie editing ability it offers. For filtering and mixing audio and video, this is a tool that offers a powerful ability. You can fine tune your edits by trimming in or out as well as deleting out parts of the video.


-offers efficient and fast movie editing features

-May not come with all the provisions of a sophisticated program for use by the professional movie editor


8. Open Movie Editor

This is an open source and free video editing software which offers basic movie editing ability for use with Linux. While it is great for the amateur, this certainly does not imply that it has less-than desirable qualities. It supports features such as titles creation and adjustment. It also offers colour correction and a green screen for you when making a movie.


-ideal for the novice video editor

-brings reasonable video editing features for a basic video editing program


-may prove to be somewhat simplistic for the professional movie editor


9. Vivia

This is video editing software widely known for its user-friendly interface. It comes free of charge to you and has a GPL license. Among the features it offers are adjustment and correction, titles, storyboard and timeline displays. Also, it supports DVD burning and creation of subtitles. This software can also be used with Windows Operating Systems and requires a RAM of 0.5 GB.

-is free software

-has an easy to use interface


-supports a few video file formats; BMP, GIF, JPEG and PNG for input and only AVI for output


10. PiTiVi

Most notable for its cute user interface which is easy to understand. It also has the benefit of a clan codebase and supportive community. With timeline displays, full-screen playback and key-framing, there is a lot to be achieved with this software. It also offers animation, colour correction, drag and drop as well as HD support.

-easy to use interface

-free to use software

-lots of video and audio effect controls

-may not provide all the video input and output formats desired by a user

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