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Powerful Linux video editor Kdenlive gets a huge new release

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Promising to be more stable and feature-filled, the Linux video editor Kdenlive has a massive new release out.

While Kdenlive 20.08 comes with a number of new features, they also went through something of a major refactor of the project files. This should fix the long standing issue with comma/point conflicting which caused a number of crashes. As a result, projects are not backwards compatible - so make backups if you're going to test the latest version. Additionally there's a performance boost with audio thumbnail generation as well as JPG image sequence playback.

As for new features? It's big. There's entirely new UI layouts, support for multiple audio streams, new cache data management to make it easier to clean up and save some space, a zoom ability on the effects panel making adjusting keyframes much easier, same with the clip monitor and much more.

Pictured: the new "Editing" interface preset.

The new default interfaces are:

  • Logging for reviewing your footage
  • Editing to compose your story in the timeline
  • Audio for mixing and adjusting your audio
  • Effects for adding effects
  • Color for adjusting and color grading

Quite useful, although Kdenlive's UI remains nicely configurable, so you can add/remove and adjust the size of any panels as and when you need them. With the newer defaults though, it gives it that little bit more of a polished and professional feel to it while also bringing attention to the existing layout feature.

See the release announcement here, they supply an AppImage so you should be able to use it across almost any Linux distribution without much fuss.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: Apps, Open Source
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ElectroDD 17 Aug
Looks like a nice update even if i'm not fond of UI redesigns.
Some welcomed improvements !
Just have to wait for openSuse tumbleweed to update their packages to enjoy an easier time editing with this software :)
As someone who has worked in the professional video production world for over two-decades, I can say with some authority that Kdenlive is a very powerful and professional level video editing tool that easily rivals alternatives like Avid and Premier.


Last edited by Mountain Man on 18 August 2020 at 1:04 am UTC
Eike 17 Aug
Quoting: Mountain ManAs someone who has worked in the professional video production world for over two-decades, I can say with some authority that Kdenlive is a very power and professional level video editing tool that easily rivals alternatives like Avid and Premier.

Cool!
I mean it!

... I'm looking for the opposite though:
A simple tool, non-crashing please, for dummies.
Please don't make me googling how I can cut something at the beginning and the end.
Cutting videos short, maybe some simple blending.
Please have "output format like input format" option.
Micromegas 17 Aug
Quoting: Eike... I'm looking for the opposite though:
A simple tool, non-crashing please, for dummies.
Please don't make me googling how I can cut something at the beginning and the end.
Cutting videos short, maybe some simple blending.
Please have "output format like input format" option.

I don't know about the blending but you can cut videos with Avidemux (choose "copy" for audio and video so that the new file isn't transcoded but uses the same audio and video codecs).

https://alternativeto.net/software/avidemux/about/
Botonoski 17 Aug
Last I used this program it was fairly unstable and seemed needlessly clunky, it was arguably worse than editing a video in Blender's video sequencer. It's been a few years, maybe it's finally time to give it another go.
razing32 17 Aug
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: Mountain ManAs someone who has worked in the professional video production world for over two-decades, I can say with some authority that Kdenlive is a very power and professional level video editing tool that easily rivals alternatives like Avid and Premier.

Cool!
I mean it!

... I'm looking for the opposite though:
A simple tool, non-crashing please, for dummies.
Please don't make me googling how I can cut something at the beginning and the end.
Cutting videos short, maybe some simple blending.
Please have "output format like input format" option.

Try Openshot
Found it easy to use to splice some videos
Tchey 17 Aug
I tried several editors over the years and Kdenlive is my "final" choice.
I use it almost daily for my YT chan.
Nothing fancy, easy to do simple editing and at same time, you can do complex stuff if you want to.
Others are "too simple", or crashed, or missed some features, or i didn’t like the GUI etc.
I feel good with Kdenlive even if i’m sure i don’t use its full potential.
I use the potential i need.
Beamboom 17 Aug
Quoting: Eike... I'm looking for the opposite though:
A simple tool, non-crashing please, for dummies.

There's plenty of those, though. In fact practically all the other video editors available for Linux. So you won't be in lack of options there :)
Beamboom 17 Aug
Quoting: Mountain ManAs someone who has worked in the professional video production world for over two-decades, I can say with some authority that Kdenlive is a very power and professional level video editing tool that easily rivals alternatives like Avid and Premier.

Really? I'm no true professional but I've edited a lot of videos as a freelancer, once even edited a series broadcast on national television here in my country. So I have *some* background.

And I have to say, after Bitwig (daw) and Steam came to Linux the the one area left where I really miss the Windows alternatives is on video editing. Especially Sony Vegas, who ended up being my tool of choice. The workflow is just so very much better, and the tools/plugins so much more powerful and intuitive.

For example, I haven't found a way to apply effects (colour correction etc) on the entire video channel - only on the individual clips! I would guess it IS possible, but god damn how well they've hidden it. Or how to apply compression and EQ on the audio master bus? These things are *basic* features!

And especially larger projects with several channels of video and sound are so much more efficient and stable on the other editing suites, they run so much smoother. The stuttering and lags are way too prominent on KDEnlive - it really struggle at times. A wonder it doesn't crash more often, really!

But yes, KDEnlive is the solution for me too on Linux, cause the alternatives are so remarkably much worse. So here's hoping they get closer up to par with this new version!


Last edited by Beamboom on 17 August 2020 at 8:20 pm UTC
Strykai 17 Aug
Quoting: EikeCool!
I mean it!

... I'm looking for the opposite though:
A simple tool, non-crashing please, for dummies.
Please don't make me googling how I can cut something at the beginning and the end.
Cutting videos short, maybe some simple blending.
Please have "output format like input format" option.
I use Shotcut for video editing and creation. I'm quite satisfied with how it works and it's fairly simple.
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