Is there any software under active development that provides me with a simple GUI to combine an audio file with an image file to create a resulting video file that I can upload, e.g. to YouTube?

I know there are simple command-line options but still, I prefer a graphical user interface where I can visually drop the files. :-)

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    There is photfilmstrip which should be in the default repositories and allows dia shows with audio. – ridgy Feb 17 '17 at 9:44
  • Thanks but still too complicated and with too many effect options. – orschiro Feb 17 '17 at 13:20

Kdenlive! ☺ Awesome tool to edit video. Simple to understand. You may have to add their repository to have the latest version. In this thread you have a list of video editing software for Linux. I've tried a lot, and the one that has worked best always has been Kdenlive.

  • Thanks for your inspiration! I found Flowblade. Have you tried this one, too? – orschiro Feb 18 '17 at 7:28
  • No. Now that I have one that works and I know how to use I'm not really looking for alternatives :) What's their specialty? – Ramon Suarez Feb 18 '17 at 11:16
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    For me it's just more stable and reliable than Kdenlive. I never got warm with it. – orschiro Feb 18 '17 at 15:24

An embedded album cover in an audio file is the most common example of what you want. You can check with ffprobe - part of ffmpeg - that the embedded image is the "video" track of the file.

A video player like mpv plays the audio with the image as a still image, which I assume is what you want.

Therefore, the easiest answer is to treat your image like an album cover and handle the task with one of the music tagger programs. I would recommend EasyTAG for this.You can drag and drop the image file to the highlighted audio file and save the results.

  • Thanks! However, I am not sure if your solution works for me. I want to create a video file to upload it to YouTube. – orschiro Feb 17 '17 at 9:39
  • This info should be part of the question! I assumed that you just want a fullscreen background for playing audio files. If you want to upload to YT, a conversion like ffmpeg -i my_song.m4a -hide_banner -acodec copy -vsync 2 -pix_fmt yuv420p my_song.mp4 would do the trick, but it defeats the intention to do everything via GUI. – emk2203 Feb 17 '17 at 10:01
  • Thanks! I edited my question to make clear that I want to upload it to YouTube. – orschiro Feb 17 '17 at 13:20

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