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Progress on video editing with Linux Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid

Since my post Video editing on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid vs Windows Vista, I’ve now had a chance to play a bit more with the Video Editing options on Ubuntu Linux.

I have still be unable to get the community version of Cinelerra to install, but I have been able to install the one provided by Heroine Warrier.
Here’s my update to the post on the Ubuntu Forums:

Re: Unable to install Cinelerra
I have now installed Cinelerra, but I’ve had to use the Heroine Warrior version rather than the community developed version.

Having tried a few different tools I think that kdenlive is going to be the best solution for my current requirements. I installed using the builder rather than the one in the Ubuntu repositories, which was fairly straight forward. See: installing kdenlive on Ubuntu 8.10.

I’m still keeping an open mind and will be monitoring the progress of all the video editors on Linux. This is an exciting time for Video editing for Linux and I look forward to what the future brings.

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See: Post on Ubuntu Forums

Although the ffmpeg is now showing as available on kdenlive it does not read my camcorder files directly. I’ve therefore used WinFF as a front-end to ffmpeg to convert the files to DV quality AVI before importing them.

I have not been able to make any progress with getting Quicktime working on Windows Vista.

I’m hoping to edit some content soon and will post details of my creation when it’s ready.

5 Responses to “Progress on video editing with Linux Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid”

  1. » Non-linear Video Editing in Ubuntu Linux - What tools to use and how to do it! - Stewart Watkiss Blog Says:

    […] See related posts: Windows XP, Windows Vista and Ubuntu Linux, Ubuntu 8.04 – What makes it so good, Quicktime playing camcorder files – Error opening video files – mp4 h.264 – Error -50: an unknown error, Editing HD Video on Ubuntu Linux (kdenlive / Cinelerra) – is this better than Windows Vista?, Progress on video editing with Linux Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid. […]

  2. » Buying a netbook - Asus Eee PC with Linux vs. Windows XP - Stewart Watkiss Blog Says:

    […] for most software. The main exceptions are Video editing (although that is now usable anyway see: introduction to video editing on Linux and how to perform non-linear video editing on Linux) and intensive PC games (some of which are […]

  3. Shiv Says:

    I am also a Microsoft fugitive. I had enough of Vista on my new Toshiba Qosmio laptop. I would like to replace Windows Vista by Linux so that I could use it for non-linear editing. I am looking for some guidance to replicate Stewart’s success but don’t know how because I am just a journalist and not a geek like you guys. I was wondering if anyone could help me set this up for me. Please guide me to the right source if you can. I would love to get rid of this sluggish Vista as it is hopeless.

    I need to initiate myself into Linux for all its obvious advantages over microsoft.

    Shiv Satchit

  4. Administrator Says:


    You may like to take a look at another post of mine at: . This post explains the tools I used.

    Assuming you are running Ubuntu 8.10 then you should be able to install most of the applications from Synaptic:
    System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager

    If you want different software or a more recent version of kdenlive (which I used) then you should be able to follow the instructions on their website.

    It sounds like the later version will be included in the next release of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) due to be released during April.

    Note that video editing on linux is improving all the time. I’m still quite new into it myself and I will publish my experiences as I make progress, so you may also like to check back on my blog in future.

    Have a go and if you do get stuck feel free to contact me again explaining the specific problem, or another great source of information for Ubuntu is the Ubuntu Forums:


  5. Shiv Says:

    Sorry Stewart

    I could not visit this forum earlier due to travelling. Now that I am back to my base in the UK I will be following your advice in trying to install ubuntu for video editing. I have visited your given link. It has been very useful.
    thanks a lot


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