Thot on Linux Video Editing

The other night I ran thru what might be the gamut of video editors because kdenlive was crashing on me. I’m going to run down this list.

Openshot: am finding it doesn’t import clips and align tracks to base audio comfortably. Did not like having to right-click-properties for fade-in, fade-out this and thats.

Pitivi: gave up on almost two years ago. Was not stable, was not useful for aligning base audio and video clips.

Blender: that looks like a lot to wade thru…to much so to just learn about the NLE features I’d use. Would love to…someday.

Avidemux: I guess it’s OK for processing clips or stitching a few together, but what I was interested in was it’s ability to batch-straighten & noise-remove (visual noise) video clips before importing them. This required I spend about a day digging into why their example java script on wiki did not work and had to abandon. Useful if you have one-three clips a day, but I can’t justify that much time to convert 20 clips once a year. Did not get any clips converted. I’m not a shy programmer, just skeptical.

Cinelerra: Oh my. Was this thing created in Borland Turbo Pascal in 1997? It does not support clip alignment except by typing in time offsets. That took two hours to determine…and I gave up.

LiVES: installed easily. Then importing clips and aligning audio became very confusing. Gave up in 45 minutes.

Lightworks: complained about not having Nvidia hardware. Gave up.

Flowblade: they polished this nicely. Really tried to align some video clips to audio but to move things and add spacers was just so unintuitive I had to abandon ship.

Vivia: not in repo, looks abandoned.

Kdenlive: went back to old trick of doing a FULL KDE install on 15.10 and created a new kde user. Finally stopped crashing when I made sure to chown -R kde:kde /home/video. Still wasn’t perfectly stable. Very disappointed that lack of error messages. KDE software loves to spam the terminal console you start it from, so things like “cannot move clip” or “cannot find clip to move” … no root causes. Eventually produced video with 15 clips, one base audio track, and 45 stills.

Kdenlive is probably the easiest to use NLE for Linux I’ve found.