kdenlive – KDE Non-Linear Video Editor

Kdenlive is a non linear video editor for the KDE desktop environment. The software provides project management and editing tools while relying on a separate rendering program (currently Piave) to perform the editing operations.

It is based on the MLT video framework which relies on the FFmpeg project.

Kdenlive supports all of the formats supported by FFmpeg (such as MOV, AVI, WMV, MPEG, XviD, and FLV), and also supports 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios for both PAL, NTSC and various HD standards, including HDV, and experimental support for AVCHD.

Video can also be exported to DV devices, or written to a DVD with chapters and a simple menu.

Features include:

  • Multi track editing.
  • Video Preview.
  • Accepts many audio / video / image formats: mpeg, avi, dv, vob, wav, ogg, mp3, gif (non animated), jpg, png, svg, …
  • Export to most formats: mpeg, dv, vob, realvideo, flash, theora, wav, mp3, xvid, quicktime, …
  • Creative effects.
  • Titling features.
  • Audio and video thumbnails.
  • Basic audio / video effects: blur, sepia, volume, brightness, …
  • Basic transitions: crossfade, push, picture in picture.
  • Real time preview of all effects.
  • Add markers and guides to easily manage your project.
  • Copy & paste of clips, effects and transitions.
  • Easy firewire dv capture.
  • Customizable layouts.
  • Desktop integration (add files to your project with drag & drop).
  • Multi track view (preview monitor is split in 4 with one track in each part).
  • Rotoscoping. This is an advanced technique for tracing over live action to create life like animation.
  • Perspective image placement.
  • Widget layouts. This allows you to quickly switch between different layouts for different workflows.
  • Light Graffiti.
  • Audio Spectrum and Spectrogram.
  • Stop Motion Capture.
  • Tooltips with quick explanations for filters/effects.

Website: kdenlive.org
Support: Wiki
Developer: Jason Wood, Gilles Caulier, Marco Gittler, Jean-Baptiste Mardelle
License: GNU GPL v2


Kdenlive is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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