Video editing is the process of editing motion video footage. In the new age of personal video, video editing is becoming a central function of the desktop, with the popularity of video editing software ever increasing.
Any self-respecting operating system that has ambitions on becoming the dominant force on the desktop therefore needs to have a good selection of video editing software. Video sharing websites such as YouTube are now enormously popular with hundreds of thousands of new videos uploaded every day.
In the past, video editing in Linux significantly lagged behind other popular operating system. While there was a good range of software, the vast majority offered limited functionality. However, the situation dramatically improved, in part because of development on multimedia frameworks (such as GStreamer and MLT). Furthermore, the versatility of Linux video editors has improved markedly. Linux now represents an excellent platform for editing video.
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Our ratings reflect our opinion of the software as a video editor. Therefore the rating doesn’t reflect the capabilities of software that offers other functionality.
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|Non-linear editor built with Python and Qt
|Non-linear video editor for KDE
|Very powerful video editor
|3D content creation suite targeted at media professionals and artists
|Non-linear audio/video editor using GStreamer
|Tool and framework for declarative NLE using Node.js and ffmpeg
|Video Editing System designed to be simple to use, yet powerful
|Multitrack non-linear video editor
|Designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks
|3 main functions: capturing, compositing, and editing audio/video
|Simple media cutter and joiner
|Graphical mixing and blending of movie clips and computer generated graphics
|Non-linear video editor
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If you only need very basic video editing functionality, read our review of Video Trimmer.
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