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Quick tip: Adjusting video clip audio levels in Kdenlive

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Kdenlive is a pretty fantastic tool for making videos. The more I use it, the more I really appreciate how powerful it is. Here's a quick tip for anyone wanting to edit videos, showing how to adjust volume in different sections of a clip.

For some, this might be extremely familiar and old news, but this isn't aimed at you. Anyone who didn't know about it, or anyone wanting to get into video editing on Linux will find this extremely useful.

Obviously you can make it a lot cleaner than what's showed, this is a quick example of how to do it.

I remember when first trying to edit videos, my how far the tools have come. I'm still learning new simple things every day and it's fantastic. Highly recommend Kdenlive.
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Samsai 29 June 2017 at 2:02 pm UTC
While talking to Liam about this particular thing behind the scenes I got inspired to do a bit of a tutorial series on recording, video editing, streaming etc. If anyone has any interest in seeing something like that and possibly ideas for topics to cover I'd appreciate feedback on that sort of an idea.
Beamboom 29 June 2017 at 2:11 pm UTC
My definitive video editor favourite on Linux. I've tried quite a few but most can't handle larger projects well, or severely lack features.
MayeulC 29 June 2017 at 4:01 pm UTC
I think this belongs to LOL as well... Is there an easy way for you to cross post articles? (Shared comments sections would be great )

Oh, and also, I didn't see an announcement, but thank you for hiding the avatar and user info on mobiles in portrait mode


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freakzen 29 June 2017 at 6:30 pm UTC
SamsaiWhile talking to Liam about this particular thing behind the scenes I got inspired to do a bit of a tutorial series on recording, video editing, streaming etc. If anyone has any interest in seeing something like that and possibly ideas for topics to cover I'd appreciate feedback on that sort of an idea.

Yes, I would like to see some tutorials on recording and video editing. I want to start to record some of my gaming session.
Thanks in advance
Philadelphus 29 June 2017 at 7:23 pm UTC
Oh yes, the volume (keyframeable) tool. That's quite powerful and handy.

From the title I thought this was going to be about adjusting the global volume of all clips in a track (useful if you have lots of little clips in a track and want to change all their volumes at once), but perhaps that can be the next installment!

BeamboomMy definitive video editor favourite on Linux. I've tried quite a few but most can't handle larger projects well, or severely lack features.
Same; when I got into video editing last year as something to do while unemployed, I went through something like 7–8 different editing programs, all of which were missing some essential (to me) feature or another. The version of Kdenlive on Debian 8 was incredibly out of date and prone to crashing when you so much as looked at it funny, but it was still better than all the other ones I tried. And this weekend I updated to Debian 9 with a newer version of Kdenlive, so I'm hoping it'll fix a lot of the bugs and crashes I experienced.

SamsaiWhile talking to Liam about this particular thing behind the scenes I got inspired to do a bit of a tutorial series on recording, video editing, streaming etc. If anyone has any interest in seeing something like that and possibly ideas for topics to cover I'd appreciate feedback on that sort of an idea.
I'd be interested, though unhelpfully I don't really have any specific topics in mind. Maybe something on how to record your microphone separately from your desktop audio? I haven't really looked into that.
razing32 29 June 2017 at 9:39 pm UTC
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SamsaiWhile talking to Liam about this particular thing behind the scenes I got inspired to do a bit of a tutorial series on recording, video editing, streaming etc. If anyone has any interest in seeing something like that and possibly ideas for topics to cover I'd appreciate feedback on that sort of an idea.

Go for it
Madeanaccounttocomment 30 June 2017 at 11:45 pm UTC
One of the big things keeping Kdenlive from being professional quality I think is an inherent weakness of MLT. The preview box of the editor only renders using one core which is a limitation imposed by the MLT framework and can't really be addressed by the Kdenlive developers. I think that and the currently poor title editor are the only two complaints that keep it from being mindblowingly good from my perspective. But they're going to be addressing the title editor sometime soon after the refactoring is finished I think. Still hands down best free video editor on linux and I was so stoked when the developer came back after he finished dealing with some of life's problems.
liamdawe 1 July 2017 at 9:48 am UTC
PhiladelphusMaybe something on how to record your microphone separately from your desktop audio? I haven't really looked into that.
That's one I already covered https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/how-to-record-videos-on-linux-using-obs-studio-with-separate-audio-tracks-for-gameplay-and-microphone.9153
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I didn't even know the tool existed, so thanks! I was literally thinking about what video editors were available in Linux yesterday.
Philadelphus 3 July 2017 at 6:17 pm UTC
liamdaweThat's one I already covered https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/how-to-record-videos-on-linux-using-obs-studio-with-separate-audio-tracks-for-gameplay-and-microphone.9153

True, I'd forgotten about that, but I use SimpleScreenRecorder rather than OBS Studio which apparently has a rather more complicated method to record them actually separate from each other (rather than just as separate tracks in the same video). I dunno how many people use SSR as opposed to OBS though; actually, that might make an interesting poll some time. ("What program do you use for recording/streaming?" )
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