The best video editor for Ubuntu 12.04


Often when people thing of editing video with a computer, they automatically assume a Mac setup. There are a few applications that seek to change that mentality, specifically OpenShot. It is most likely the most stable and feature packed video editing app for the Ubuntu unix OS. OpenShot can enable users to join many video clips with different formats and create short movies from them. Video encoding in this application is powered by FFmpeg, a free software project that produces libraries and programs for handling multimedia data. Support for many file types exists, including: MKV, MOV, VOB, MP4, and MPEG.

Screenshot of new OpenShot Default Project

Credit: OpenShot


Key Features of OpenShot:

  • Support for many video, audio, and image formats (based on FFmpeg)
  • GNOME integration (drag-and-drop support)
  • Multiple tracks
  • Clip resizing, trimming, snapping, and cutting
  • Video transitions with real-time previews
  • Compositing, image overlays, watermarks
  • 3D Animated Titles (by using Blender on the background)
  • Title templates, title creation, sub-titles
  • SVG friendly, to create and include titles and credits
  • Scrolling motion picture credits
  • Solid color clips (including alpha compositing)
  • Support for Rotoscoping / Image sequences
  • Drag and drop timeline
  • Frame stepping, key-mappings: J,K, and L keys
  • Video encoding (based on FFmpeg)
  • Key Frame animation
  • Digital zooming of video clips
  • Speed changes on clips (slow motion etc.)
  • Custom transition lumas and masks
  • Re-sizing of clips (frame size)
  • Audio mixing and editing
  • Presets for key frame animations and layout
  • Pan and Zoom functionality
  • Digital video effects, including brightness, gamma, hue, greyscale, chroma key (bluescreen / greenscreen), and over 20 other video effects
  • OpenShot provides extensive editing and compositing features, and has been designed as a practical tool for working with high-definition video including HDV and AVCHD.

The OpenShot video editor for Ubuntu Linux also supports drag and drop of audio and video files from the users Gnome desktop.

The most appealing aspect of OpenShot is that it is a complete video editing solution. Users can encode, edit, add transitions, add text, add/edit audio, etc. all in one easy to use application. For any Ubuntu user with a need to convert/edit videos and create small movies OpenShot is for sure the best video editing application.

To install OpenShot open Terminal (ctrl + alt + T) and enter the following command:


Install Pitivi video editor from Ubuntu Software Center Screenshot

PiTiVi is another video editor for Ubuntu. It does not offer as many features or transitional effects as OpenShot however, PiTiVi is also free and open source.

PiTiVi allows users to create and edit audio/video projects using the Gstreamer framework. This video editor provides several ways of creating and modifying a timeline putting the user in complete control of editing.

Gstreamer is a streaming media framework for Ubuntu based on graphs of filters which operate on media data. Its plugin based architecture means that users can add to and expand the applications capabilities by simply installing new plugins.

To install Pitivi open Terminal (ctrl + alt + T) and enter the following command:

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