What video editing software would you recommend on Ubuntu (or Linux in general) and why? It can be for either beginners or experienced users.
Please only place one piece of software per response and include details to what makes it great!
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I have found kdenlive to be very easy to use and serves most editing needs very well:
I understand it is now available for other desktop environments as well. Hence made it a separate answer so others can vote up their choice.
You have quite a few options:
A non-linear video editor and compositor for Linux. It also allows users to perform common compositing operations such as keying and mattes.
Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks.
Kdenlive is an intuitive and powerful multi-track video editor, including most recent video technologies.
Cinelerra is used for professional work. It is very fast, and can handle a heavy load.
Excellent question, because at this time it has not been addressed. I know exactly what you are going through. I've been down that road of frustration. I tried everything in the repos and everything I could manage to successfully compile. One app stood out above them all: OpenShot. Try it out.
There is one small dependency you might need for some hd wide-screen output but that's it.
I would suggest:
That's the real aspiring Directors package right there, when the professional stuff is out of reach, or for the hobbiest.
OpenShot also has a forum where you can showcase what you've done.
If you need any help getting vlc to make clips, just ask me, it can be a little confusing the first clip. OpenShot is so intuitive, I'd be surprised if you asked a question. I tried all the others, and finally found OpenShot last. OpenShot is what you want. Beat the others hands down.
This is just one fan vid I did. Check out what you can do: (Beware I Am A Vampire Fan!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_7iZfd63y4
Helpfull things To Know About OpenShot:
With that in mind, some of the other editors would not even start or crash once a clip was added, or just flat out not work. OpenShot will get the project done if you take those things in mind.
blender is a very capable option. It's essentially a 3D-modelling and animation platform, but also has video editing capabilities (which I haven't tested yet). It's worth giving a go, but I'd recommend watching some tutorials first, as the UI has an unusual logic, which takes a while to get used to. The interaction model is very consistent though, and optimised for productivity. Overall, it's one of the most mature and impressive graphic design packages with an open license
DVBcut is a Qt application that allows you to select certain parts of an MPEG transport stream (as received via Digital Video Broadcasting, DVB) and save these parts into a single MPEG output file. It follows a "keyhole surgery" approach where the input video and audio data is mostly kept unchanged, and only very few frames at the beginning and/or end of the selected range are re-encoded in order to obtain a valid MPEG file.
If you have a DVB recorder or a digital TV card and want to cut off some parts from your recordings (like commercials) frame-exactly without re-encoding the whole file, use DVBcut. Not suitable for most other purposes.
Documentation about how to use it you can find on it's homepage.
"really good" is of course subjective and it depends on what you think of the interface and features.
Personally I like Openshot. Easy to use, nice itnerface, all the features I have ever needed.
sudo apt-get install openshot
Alternates include Cinelerra (not in the Ubuntu repos), Avidemux, Kdenlive, and Kino.