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Kdenlive – An Open Source Non-Linear Video Editor for Pros & Beginners

Kdenlive Video Editor for Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Just recently we published on the award-winning OpenShot Video Editor, and before that, FlowBlade, LosslessCut, and Lightworks Video Editors.

Today, we bring you another Linux video editor that needs no introduction to editing professionals but will definitely be a good addition to the list for beginners – Kdenlive.

Kdenlive stands for KDE Non-Linear Video Editor. It is an open source video editor created in 2003 based on Qt and the KDE Frameworks libraries to answer almost all the needs of professional video editors.

It features a customizable User Interface that can be made to have a custom look and feel with themes, plugin support, a title creator, inbuilt audio mixing and editing tools, and much more functionalities.

Its most prolific feature is its non-linear video editing feature which is a lot more powerful than typical linear video editors. It thus requires a lot more skill than a newbie will have but it has quite a shallow learning curve thanks to its well thought-out organization.

Features in Kdenlive

  • FOSS: Free to download, use, and contribute to its source code which is available here.
  • Cross-Platform: Kdenlive is aimed at GNU/Linux but it works well on BSD and macOS as well. It has also being ported as a GSOC project to Windows at the time of writing.
  • Comprehensive online manual.
  • Non-linear video editing.
  • Multi-track video editing.
  • Use almost any video and audio formats without the need to re-encode thanks to its FFmpeg-based libraries.
  • Customizable User Interface.
  • Option to configure shortcuts.
  • Several effects and transitions including audio and color correction tweaks.
  • Monitor audio and video scopes using the in-built Audiometer, Waveform, Vectorscope, RGB Parade, and Histogram.
  • Work with low resolution speedier video formats and then render in full resolution.
  • Timeline preview.
  • Automatic backup of projects folder.
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Kdenlive is a lot more features than those listed above. So if you are interested in checking them out for yourself head over to its Features page and then download it for a test drive.

It is so convenient to download and use that it is available in packages provided by several Linux distros and as several packaging, formats to allow for 1-click installation in the form of AppImages, Snaps, and Flatpak.

Click the button below to download your preferred installation medium.

Download Kdenlive Video Editor for Linux

Do you have a different favorite video editor and how does it par against Kdenlive? Head over to the comments section below and share your thoughts with us.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.