7 Video Editing Apps for Ubuntu in 2019
Welcome to Ubuntufy! Here we’ll try to identify 7 feature packed video editors for Ubuntu that are also user-favorites. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is a few months old now and I think it is safe to call it one of the best, most popular Ubuntu releases ever. This will be the first of many new posts here at Ubuntufy.com that will feature Ubuntu 18.04 “Bionic Beaver”. So stay subscribed.
UPDATE: This post has been updated and tested for Ubuntu 19.04 and Ubuntu 18.10.
I have tried to arrange the video editors in an ascending order of difficulty: Simpler, lighter, beginner-friendly ones on top, while a more professional, commercial, and non-free solutions towards the end. Let’s get started.
Flowblade Movie Editor
Let’s begin with Flowblade, a free and open-source video editor for Ubuntu that shot to fame for its simplicity and beginner-friendliness.
When compared to many popular choices, Flowblade doesn’t have the steepest of learning curves. And it is available in the default “Software Center” apps of most Linux distros including Ubuntu 18.04. But when we checked, we found out that Flowblade in Ubuntu 18.04 repos was older. So we’d recommend downloading the DEB file from Flowblade website. Direct download link below.
- Download Flowblade 1.16 DEB package. Double click to install it.
Shotcut Video Editor
Shotcut over the years have become a user-favorite. It’s free, open-source and cross-platform. And like Flowblade, it’s very beginner-friendly.
Also like Flowblade, Shotcut supports video, audio, and image formats via FFmpeg. Thankfully, Shotcut is available as a snap package making it easy to install the latest version of Shotcut for Ubuntu users.
snap install shotcut –classic
Simply copy-paste the command to Terminal if you’re using Ubuntu (and enter your admin password when asked. More download options here.
OpenShot Video Editor
Things will get a little more complicated from here on. Though I’ve used OpenShot before, it has never been that stable to use for me. But the popularity of Openshot was evident from the fact that the project raised more than twice as much it pledged for in a crowdfunding campaign some years ago.
Like the previous two, Openshot is free, opensource and cross-platform. OpenShot is available in default repositories of most distros, but if you want the latest stable release in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, you need to use a different repository. Add, update, and install from this repository by using the following 3 commands.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openshot-qt
UPDATE: The PPA works on Ubuntu 19.04 “disco dingo” and Ubuntu 18.10 “cosmic cuttlefish” as well.
It works on Windows and Mac as well, more download options can be found here.
Kdenlive (KDE Non-Linear Video Editor)
If there is one video editor on Linux that is universally recommended, it has to be Kdenlive. It is perhaps the most feature-packed but short of professional-grade video editor software on Linux. It is also one of the oldest and most active opensource software projects.
Like many popular apps, Kdenlive has its share of haters too. Its UI can be intimidating for a beginner. Earlier versions I tried to use have had serious stability issues, but they claim to be way smoother in newer versions. But still, the learning curve involved can be pretty steep. To install Kdenlive in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, search for it in Software Center. Though the version is default repositories are slightly older, it should work. But you insist on having the latest stable release, you need to download the latest appimage from here.
Calling Blender a “video editor” is perhaps the understatement of the year. Blender is a full fledged 3D graphics software toolset used for creating full-length animated movies (remember Big Buck Bunny, or Cosmos Laundromat?), visual effects, interactive 3D applications and even video games.
Blender comes with a built-in Video Editor, but it still may not be the easiest to master. The software is available in the default Ubuntu Software Center. Direct link to Blender download page if you want more options.
All the great video-editing software we saw till now are all free and open-source. Meaning, they are community driven projects with users directly contributing to their development. Now we’ll move onto proprietary solutions. It made big waves when Lightworks announced its arrival on Linux platform. Few releases and updates later, Lightworks now ranks right up their with the best.
Having been used on many popular films such as The Wolf of Wall Street, LA Confidential, Pulp Fiction, Heat, The King’s Speech etc., LIghtworks is probably the most advanced and widely-used commercial video editor available on Linux.
Though the basic package is free, a subscription-based PRO version is also available for professional users.
A commercial video editor that has been gaining a lot of traction lately, and more so among advanced users. But without a reasonably good graphics card, don’t even think about installing it in your PC.
- DaVinci Resolve: Download and installation instructions for Debain based distros (Ubuntu, Mint, eOS etc.)
- More download options for Blackmagicdesign’s DaVinci Resolve.
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