5 Best Free Video Editing Software for Linux In 2017

Video Editing Software for Linux

5 Best Free Video Editing Software for Linux In 2017

We have discussed best photo management applications for Linux, best code editors for Linux in similar articles in the past. Today we shall see the best video editing software for Linux.

When asked about free video editing software, Windows Movie Maker and iMovie is what most people often suggest.

Unfortunately, both of them are not available for GNU/Linux. But you don’t need to worry about it, we have pooled together a list of best free video editors for you.

Best Video Editors for Linux

Let’s have a look at the top 5 best free video editing software for Linux below :

1. Kdenlive

Kdenlive is a free and open source video editing software from KDE that provides dual video monitors, a multi-track timeline, clip list, customizable layout support, basic effects, and basic transitions.

It supports wide variety of file formats and a wide range of camcorders and cameras including Low resolution camcorder (Raw and AVI DV editing), Mpeg2, mpeg4 and h264 AVCHD (small cameras and camcorders), High resolution camcorder files, including HDV and AVCHD camcorders, Professional camcorders, including XDCAM-HD™ streams, IMX™ (D10) streams, DVCAM (D10) , DVCAM, DVCPRO™, DVCPRO50™ streams and DNxHD™ streams.

You can install it from terminal by running the following command :

Or, open Ubuntu Software Center then search Kdenlive.

2. OpenShot

OpenShot is the second choice in our list of Linux video editing software. OpenShot can help you create the film that supports for transitions, effects, adjusting audio levels, and of course, it support of most formats and codecs.

You can also export your film to DVD, upload to YouTube, Vimeo, Xbox 360, and many other common formats. OpenShot is simpler than kdenlive. So if you need a video editor with a simple UI OpenShot is a good choice.

The latest version is 2.0.7. You can install OpenShot video editor by run the following command from terminal window :

It needs to download 25 MB, and 70 MB disk space after installed.

3. Flowblade Movie Editor

Flowblade Movie Editor is a multitrack non-linear video editor for Linux. It is free and open source. It comes with a stylish and modern user interface.

Written in Python, it is designed to provide a fast, and precise. Flowblade has focused on providing the best possible experience on Linux and other free platforms. So there’s no Windows and OS X version for now.

To install Flowblade in Ubuntu and other Ubuntu based systems, use the command below:

4. Lightworks


If you looking for a video editor software that has more feature, this is the answer. Lightworks is a cross-platform professional video editor, available for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.

It is an award winning professional non-linear editing (NLE) software that supports resolutions up to 4K as well as video in SD and HD formats.

This application has two versions: Lightworks Free and Lightworks Pro. While free version doesn’t support Vimeo (H.264 / MPEG-4) and YouTube (H.264 / MPEG-4)- Up to 2160p (4K UHD), Blu-ray, and H.264/MP4 export option with configurable bitrate setting, then pro version is.

  • Lightworks Free
  • Lightworks Pro

Pro version has more features such as higher resolution support, 4K and Blue Ray support etc.

How to install Lightworks?

Unlike the other video editors, installing Lightwork is not as straight forward as running a single command. Don’t worry, it’s not that complicated either.

Step 1 –  You can get the package from Lightworks Downloads Page. The package’s size about 79,5 MB.

Please note: There’s no Linux 32-bit support.

Step 2 – Once downloaded, you can install it using Gdebi package installer. Gdebi automatically downloads the dependency :

Step 3 – Now you can open it from Ubuntu dashboard, or your Linux distro’s menu.

Step 4 – It needs an account when you use it for first time. Click at Not Registerd? button to register. Don’t worry, it’s free!

Step 5 – After your account has been verified, now login.

Now the Lightworks is ready to use.

Need Lightworks video tutorial? Get them at Lightworks video tutorials Page.

5. Blender

video editing software

Blender is a professional, industry-grade open source, cross platform video editor. It is popular for 3D works. Blender has been used in several Hollywood movies including Spider Man series.

Although originally designed for produce 3D modeling, but it can also be used for video editing and input capabilities with a variety of formats. The Video Editor includes:

  • Live preview, luma waveform, chroma vectorscope and histogram displays
  • Audio mixing, syncing, scrubbing and waveform visualization
  • Up to 32 slots for adding video, images, audio, scenes, masks and effects
  • Speed control, adjustment layers, transitions, keyframes, filters and more.

The latest version can be downloaded from Blender Download Page.

Which is the best video editing software?

If you need a simple video editor, OpenShotKdenlive or Flowblade is a good choice. These are suitable for beginners and a system with standard specification.

Then if you have a high-end computer, and need advanced features you can go out with Lightworks. If you are looking for more advanced features, Blender has got your back.

So that’s all I can write about 5 best video editing software for Linux such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary, and other Linux distributions. Share with us which video editor you like the most.

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