8 Best Video Editing Softwares I Discovered for Linux

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Marin Todorov

I am a bachelor in computer science and a Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator. Currently working as a Senior Technical support in the hosting industry. In my free time I like testing new software and inline skating.

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16 Responses

  1. Kris says:

    From this list, except for Blender which is better suited for CGI rendering, the only true tool for sustainable video production is Lightworks.

    But if you are looking for something simpler, yet delivering same level of professional user experience, please check out Shotcut.

  2. Tomasz Pasternak says:

    Hey, I use online Unstock editor. For most cases its enough:

  3. Petar Kulić says:

    Nice article and bad screenshots. Tip: next time use pause with 1 second or more. ;)
    Thank you and thanx to all the commentators for their comments, especialy for Shotcut. :)

  4. BrollyLSSJ says:

    Thank you for this comparision. I think you forgot Shotcut. It is available from https://www.shotcut.org . MAybe you can test that also.

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Thanks a lot for information about Shotcut, seems nice looking tool, will definitely include to this list..

  5. Cinelerra and Kdenlive are quite good.I prefer the latter. Cinelerra is little clumsy, but i used it with dv. The best editing software I know fot linux is Shotcut, even I like also Kdenlive. Shotcut works in all main platforms. I have used editing software from the very begining, mostly Avid, but now I use Shotcut. With dv I like still my old Avid in old XP machine.

  6. Alex says:

    Pitivi’s distro-agnostic all-in-one binary bundle does not need compiling, you just unpack the executable and run it. The screenshot is super-old, Pitivi doesn’t have the menu bar at the top of the window anymore and defaults to a dark theme which is more suitable for graphical apps.

  7. Kudjo Twum says:

    You forgot to mention REAPER which now supports video editing as well as the full gamut of audio processing.
    Download it from http://www.reaper.fm website.

    • Ravi Saive says:


      No we didn’t forgot about REAPER, but this article meant for only Linux and FOSS related applications, no Windows stuff here and REAPER don’t have support for Linux. So, unfortunately, REAPER won’t make it to this list..

  8. kashu says:

    In my opinion, Blender is the best videos editor for GNU/Linux OS.

    • Hello Kashu,

      Would you care to tell us why you think Blender is better than the others. This information can help other users who need to know advantages of this particular video editor over others.

      • AkhIL says:

        Blender most stable from all listed editors.
        Also it supports low resolution proxies. This feature makes possible editing even 4k video on slow computer.
        But as OpenShot blender has no audio mixing tools.

        Also I would like to note that LightWorks not Open Source and if we go to proprietary territory there is lot more editors like BlackMagick’s one.

  9. Actually, cinelerra.org is currently not in development. Their programmer switched to cinelerra-cv.org in December.

    Instructions for installing Cinelerra are on cinelerra-cv.org :)

  10. chris brandon says:

    Shotcut should be on this list! It’s an excellent video editor with a good range of filters and effects, and it’s easy to use. The author, who I think is develops the MLT video framework, improves Shotcut regularly. Finally, it has versions for OS-X and Windows as well as Linux.

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