As seen in a previous article on audio, there are many excellent open source tool to create professional solutions.
Today I want to do a roundup on the video editing and show you some of the best open source software available for Linux to do video editing.
if you know other software, feel free to drop me a note on the comments.
VideoLan Movie Creator
“I have a simple mission: To create an open-source, non-linear video editor for Linux. Many have tried and fallen before me, but for some reason I feel compelled to try myself. I am documenting my journey in this blog for all to read. It will be a dangerous journey, and I might not make it back alive. Hold on tight, and enjoy the ride! By the way, I’m calling this project OpenShot Video Editor!”
This is the initial message published in May 2008, and now Openshot is one of the most respected and used software for video editing.
OpenShot Video Editor is an open-source, non-linear video editor for Linux, built with Python, GTK, and the MLT Framework. The project was started in August 2008 by Jonathan Thomas, with the objective to provide a stable, free, and friendly to use video editor.
Kino is a GTK+-based non-linear digital video editor. It is distributed as free software. Its vision is: “Easy and reliable DV editing for the Linux desktop with export to many usable formats.” The program supports many basic video editing and assembling tasks.
Kino can import raw AVI and DV files, as well as capture footage from digital camcorders using the raw1394 and dv1394 libraries, and export to camcorders using the ieee1394 or video1394 libraries.
Kino is included in the public package repositories of several GNU/Linux distributions, including Debian. BSD ports are also available.
Video editing with Kino
Cinelerra is a prosumer non-linear video editing system. It is designed for the GNU/Linux operating system. It is produced by Heroine Virtual, and is free software distributed under the GNU General Public License. Cinelerra also includes a video compositing engine, allowing the user to perform common compositing operations such as keying and mattes.
Cinelerra was first released August 1, 2002, and was based in part on an earlier product known as Broadcast 2000. Broadcast 2000 was withdrawn by Heroine Virtual in September 2001.
Cinelerra includes support for very high-fidelity audio and video: it processes audio using 64 bits of precision, and can work in both RGBA and YUVA color spaces, using floating-point and 16-bit integer representations, respectively. It is resolution and frame rate-independent, meaning that it can support video of any speed and size.
Video course on using Cinellera:
LiVES began in 2002 as the Linux Video Editing System. Since it now runs on more operating systems: LiVES is a Video Editing System. It is designed to be simple to use, yet powerful. It is small in size, yet it has many advanced features.
LiVES mixes realtime video performance and non-linear editing in one professional quality application. It will let you start editing and making video right away, without having to worry about formats, frame sizes, or framerates. It is a very flexible tool which is used by both professional VJ’s and video editors – mix and switch clips from the keyboard, use dozens of realtime effects, trim and edit your clips in the clip editor, and bring them together using the multitrack timeline. You can even record your performance in real time, and then edit it further or render it straight away.
For the more technically minded, the application is frame and sample accurate, and it can be controlled remotely or scripted for use as a video server. And it supports all of the latest free standards.
Kdenlive is an intuitive and powerful multi-track video editor, including most recent video technologies. The software is a free open-source video editor for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD, which supports DV, AVCHD and HDV editing.
Kdenlive relies on several other open source projects, such as FFmpeg, the MLT video framework and Frei0r effects.. Using Kdenlive is investing in a community driven project, which aims to establish relationships between people in order to built the best video tools.
An Intro to Video Editing with Kdenlive Part 1: Installing Kdenlive and Walkthrough
PiTiVi pronounciation is a free, intuitive and featureful movie editor for the Linux desktop.
With the advent of Ubuntu 4.10 this software is entered by default among the video programs in the system. Based on the GStreamer framework, PiTiVi is very easy to learn because its interface is carefully designed to meet the newcomer and the professional.
Free and Open Source.
PiTiVi will not ask you for licensing fees or lock you out of your data with DRM, and will keep improving with each new release. PiTiVi is distributed under the LGPL.
Videolan Movie Creator is a free cross-platform video editing software powered by the famous VideoLan Client (VLC). It can run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and provides many professional movie creating functions.
This project is fairly new being presented for Google Summer of Code 2010.