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Can anyone recommend a good video editing program for Ubuntu?

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Could you broaden the title a little to "for Linux"? Just asking because questions like superuser.com/questions/28831/… are being marked as duplicates of this. (In practice it won't any difference.) –  Jonik Aug 24 '09 at 15:45
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Matt Hartley wrote an article on this very subject.

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KDENLive, which the author suggests, is now in the Ubuntu repositories (at least on 9.04) so it's trivial to install. It looks a bit better than Kino, although it is more complex. I did need to install dvdauthor as well. –  Skizz Jul 16 '09 at 18:28
+1 for KDENLive - does the job for my meagre needs. –  Evan Jul 17 '09 at 1:39
I'm accepting KDENLive as the answer for now, although it has two major issues. The first is stability, it can suddenly disappear and be replaced with a signal error dialog, although it doesn't happen often. The other, more irratating, is the documentation which is really lacking (but this can be said of a lot of free software). –  Skizz Aug 24 '09 at 15:40
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Cinelerra is by the far the most comprehensive I've ever used. I've used other programs and always felt restricted by what I can do in some way. Cinelerra literally does everything I can think of. It's got a steep learning curve though, so be ready to follow some complex tutorials. (It also has a habit of crashing occasionally, so save regularly)

It comes in two versions:
1) The official version from heroine warrior (Version 4)
2) The community edition (Based on version 2.1 of the official version)

There is also an upcoming rewrite from the guys responsible for the community edition called lumiera, but it's not finished yet.

Personally I use the community edition.

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Kino is the only one I've tried.

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I didn't find any video editing software for linux that can perform a quick and efficient cut and paste of some video track, like windows movie maker or iMovie in OSX - except Blender. A lot of people says that Cinelerra is the best one, but it has an user interface that only a mother could love, and everything is really too complex. The other programs, like KDENlive, AviDemux, Kino never really worked in my system. May be it's my fault, but at the moment I think there isn't a good video editing software for linux. Except Blender, as I said.

I konw that to use a whole 3d animation suite just for basic video editing is a little bit insane, but really, it is the only one that works: look at this tutorial.

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@Skizz is asking for the best video editing software on Ubuntu. Even though those softwares are not comparable to the one in Windows or OSX, he is asking for best among them. –  riza Aug 24 '09 at 16:12
I understand, and my answer is: video editing software for linux is so poor that there is no one better than others, because no one really works, except blender - that is a whole 3D animation suite. –  user8009 Aug 25 '09 at 13:18
Then you are not answering the question, you are trying to change it. If a user asks for video editing software under Ubuntu, he has his reasons. The fact you think these programs are not good so he should switch system is irrelevant. –  Gnoupi Aug 25 '09 at 13:33
I don't agree. If a user asks for video editing software under Ubuntu, he has his reasons. If i tested all the video editing software for Ubuntu I could install, and no one worked for me (except Blender, except Blender), I can tell him, and this is an answer form me. Or not? I think Ubuntu - and linux systems in general - has done great steps to became a complete desktop system in the last years, but the part of video editing software is still very poor. –  user8009 Aug 26 '09 at 21:49
I'm with @alexmeia, I don't think it's incorrect to group blender as a video editor (it not only can be used that way, but it is used that way by some). Personally, my vote would be for Cinelerra, but have no problem considering Blender in the same list as KDENLive, Cinelerra, Kino, LiVES, etc. –  Tim Lytle Sep 11 '09 at 2:48
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I've tried AviDemux recently and it looks fine to me.

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