Is there FOSS video editing software?


#1

The title says all.
Or a comparable plaxe to pixls.us for FOSS video?
Oh, and I’m on Windows.


#2

I use FFmpeg a lot but it is CLI (command line). There is Handbrake which is based on FFmpeg and has a GUI. And there is VidCoder which is based on Handbrake but has better GUI and more options such as rotate, etc. I use VidCoder a lot too. It is available for Windows only.
Also, there are way more tools such as kdenlive , etc. but I have never used them


(Mica) #3

You want the software or a forum for the software? On Linux, I use kdenkive. Its qt so it might work on windows.


#4

Depends what you want to do
The place for all things video is videohelp.com and for lists of software both free and otherwise see: http://www.videohelp.com/software
For simple cutting/joining/converting to other formats try AviDemux
http://avidemux.sourceforge.net/ lots of ‘how-to’ on use if you search.


(Bastian Ilso) #5

If you are familiar with blender (http://blender.org/), I think blender’s video editor combined with the blender velvets (http://blendervelvets.org/) do a pretty nice job. If you are new to blender though, the interface might be akward for you at first though - not so similar to other video editors and lots of keyboard shortcuts.


(Pat David) #6

This is a great option, btw. If you’re already using blender for compositing/rendering then the addition of blendervelvets makes it a much better NLE.

Openshot is an option: http://www.openshot.org

What type of things did you need to do?


#7

That’s exactly the question. Besides NLE, I use natron (http://natron.fr/) for all the effects stuff, and it’s greatestest. For another purpose, e.g. cutting recorded TV stuff, avidemux (http://avidemux.sourceforge.net/) is great.


#8

Thanks for the replies.
Yeah, I forgot to tell what I want to do…

I basically want to do some youtube videos. So just cutting, basically. Maybe some effects. I’d like to be able to do at least 720p.
In the past I’ve used several trial version of commercial products and virtualdub.


(Morgan Hardwood) #9



(Jonas Wagner) #10

Blender and KDEnlive are the only two that were working reasonably for me. The rest (openshot, pitvi) has been a crashfesh whenever I tried them. Both aren’t comparable to proprietary offerings. Kdenlive gets the basics right*, but falls short when you want to do more advanced editing/effects. You could do those in Natron and use Kdenlive for compositing I guess. Blender allows for more advanced compositing/keyframing but it can become quite complex and awkward.


(Tore Busch) #11

Has anybody here tried Flowblade?
Only for Linux, I stumbled upon it while waiting for OpenShot 2.0.
It has reached version 1.10 and is a project very much alive with the developer active on Google+.


(Mica) #12

There is also Shotcut, which is Linux only as well.


#13

Perhaps we need a Video category for the Software page of pixls.us.


#14

I basically want to do some youtube videos. So just cutting, basically. Maybe some effects. I’d like to be able to do at least 720p.
In the past I’ve used several trial version of commercial products and virtualdub.

…and the first post said FOSS and Windows.

The ‘free’ bit is the hard part. Gets you down to Avidemux and Virtualdub + some dubious ad-laced options. Just for cutting and joining I would go for Avidemux. Personally, I do not like Virtualdub but when it comes to effects then for both of those you need to look at Avisynth and another steep learning curve.

Someone mentioned Blender. That might be an option. I had a quick look at this explanation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te9HFQVaSUE cuts and joins but could not see any effects.

For all you linux users, OpenShot I think is the best at the moment and you can get it as an appimage from their site.

Also as appimage, Shotcut and Flowblade from https://bintray.com/probono/AppImages/

Not for me, but give them a try.


(Mica) #15

@McCap it might be time for a dual boot :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:


(Pat David) #16

I agree. Even better might be to include Free Software cinematographers in the community, but I’d want to make sure we had champions and community leaders available first (to not stray too far from the mission statement).


(Mica) #17

All artist will end up here @patdavid! It is a testament to your community building skills :heart_eyes:


#18

Just looked at their page and it’s for windows also.[quote=“patdavid, post:16, topic:2963”]
Even better might be to include Free Software cinematographers in the community, but I’d want to make sure we had champions and community leaders available first (to not stray too far from the mission statement).
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Yes, champions are a good thing…


(Danas) #19

There are many nice free video NLEs for Linux. For Windows not so many, but there are few very good proprietary tools that are free to use. Like Davinci Resolve. It’s a fantastic peace of software. But for serious cross platform workflow I would recommend Lightworks. Also not opensource (yet) but at the moment the best NLE available for Linux users when it comes to big productions and works on Linux Windows and Mac OS X.
Shot cut is also cross platform and decent NLE. For simple edits I would go with it I guess. On Linux on the other hand nothing can beat KDEnlive yet when it comes to free open source NLEs in my opinion. And Lightworks is the king at the moment I believe. I mean it is a very serious tool for advanced productions and is very accessible.


#20

Maybe silly question, but anyway does it have to be both FREE and also OPEN SOURCE?
What about free stuff for non free platforms? :palm_tree: