Video Editors for Linux

A few days ago one of my friend Abhilash asked me if he can use any Video Editors under Linux so that he can put an alternate sound track instead of that comes with the actual video. As I haven’t done anything like video editing under my Linux box, I began a search over the internet. The results were amazing. I was using the Avidemux for some video encoding purposes, but was unaware that I could do the job he asked; using the Avidemux itself. But there are several other video editors for Linux they are.


Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities. Avidemux is available for Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows under the GNU GPL license. The program was written from scratch by Mean, but code from other people and projects has been used as well.


Heroine Virtual Ltd. presents an advanced compositing and editing system for native Linux at no cost to users. Cinelerra does primarily 3 main things: capturing, compositing, and editing audio and video with sample level accuracy. It’s a seemless integration of audio, video, and still photos rarely experienced on a web server. Cinelerra is the most advanced non-linear video editor and compositor for Linux. It is developed by Adam Williams (formerly known as Jack Crossfire) at Heroine Virtual Ltd.. To know more see the official Cinelerra home page and the SourceForge project page.


LiVES mixes realtime video performance and non-linear editing in one 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 can be used by both VJ’s and video editors – mix and switch clips from the keyboard, trim and edit your clips, 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 as a new clip !

NOTE: You can install them via Synaptic Package manager.



Filed under Applications, Linux, Multimedia, Ubuntu

2 responses to “Video Editors for Linux

  1. > put an alternate sound track instead of that comes with the actual video.
    Actually for simple stuff like this, command line is enough…

  2. BTW ffmpeg is the backend encoder working under Avidemux. But if you’re planning to create movies with soundtracks that doesn’t match the movie length; using ffmpeg will be tricky in this case. But ffmpeg can be used to adjust the seek positions using the -ss option and -t option. But for the newbies the GUI frontends like the mentioned ones will be easier. Other than these the video editors are capable of adding special effects to the video like blur, tiles etc..

    ffmpeg -vcodec flv -qscale 9.5 -r 25 -ar 22050 -ab 32k -s 320×240 -i 1.mp3 -i Meta.ogv final.flv

    the above code wont do the time adjusting task without the -ss and -t option..

    Thanks for commenting on this topic.

    How many tech sites are you maintaining ? Perhaps I could make a link to them in my blog….

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