For a long time I’ve been a big fan of kdenlive. I’ve written a two articles about it. One is a general overview of video editing on Linux and the other is more specific to kdenlive. For a number of years, video editing on linux – at least at a consumer level – has been patchy at best. This is somewhat ironic given the heavy use of linux in major Hollywood block film production. However, with the advent of kdenlive, things are looking pretty good and with the release of version 0.8, there have been some great features added for the more advanced users, while still retaining a simple and easy to use UI.
The new features include:
- Rotoscoping. This is an advanced technique for tracing over live action to create life like animation;
- Perspective image placement;
- Widget layouts. This allows you to quickly switch between different layouts for different workflows. Very handy for more efficient editing;
- Light Graffiti.
- Audio Spectrum and Spectrogram.
- Stop Motion Capture.
- Tooltips with quick explanations for filters/effects.
There are some really useful tools there for advanced video editing and is increasing the compositing features of this editor. In addition, many existing features have been improved and a large number of bugs squashed. kdenlive is already a fantastic video editor (and I’ve used a number of them across Mac, Windows and Linux) for consumer, and it is steadily progressing to becoming a great tool for more advanced video editing. It’s so easy to use that my daughter does all of her Littlest Petshop videos on it – she in fact prefers it over the latest iMovie – especially because kdenlive can handle raw AVCHD footage, unlike many other of the “paid for” editors out there on the mainstream platforms. If you add the frei0r plugin tool to your system, you’ll have literally 100′s of filters and transitions to enhance your raw footage.
If you want to try 0.8 on openSUSE 11.4, add this repo to YAST – http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/RedDwarf/openSUSE_11.4; and
(you’ll need both to get the latest underlying libraries)