Kdenlive is an open source application that provides users with a non-linear, intuitive, modern and very powerful multi-track video editor. It uses the latest video technologies and runs well under the KDE desktop environment.

Features at a glance

Key features include editing of AVCHD, HDV and DV video formats, ability to mix video, audio and image files, support for a plethora of digital cameras and camcorders, Frei0r effects, custom profiles, and support for layers.

It allows users to do basic video editing tasks, such as to create, crop, move, delete video, audio, image and text clips. Files can be easily exported to non-destructive video formats, high quality H.264 format, as well as the DV and MPEG-2 formats.

When running the application for the first time, users will have to go through a first time setup process that allows theme to view the installed modules, as well as to choose which codecs will be available when working with video files.

Supported video file formats

Supported video file formats include H.263, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, WMV, XviD, x264, Theora, DV, FLV, and many others. In addition, Kdenlive supports the AAC, AC3, ALAC, EAC, FLAC, MP2, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, WMA, PCM, ADPCM, GSM, MP3, Opus and Speex audio file formats.

Among the built-in modules, we can mention MLT and Melt for supporting the MLT (Media Lovin’ Toolkit) video backend and rendering MLT packages, FFmpeg for supporting several video formats, libdv for working with DV files, QImage for working with image files, and Title module for working with titles.

Numerous video standards are supported by the application, including HD 1080p/i and 720p, HDV, NTSC, QCIF, QVGA, SVCD, VCD PAL/NTSC, DV/DVD, CVD, CIF, as well as the standard 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios.

Bottom line

Summing up, Kdenlive is one of the most versatile non-linear and multi-track video editors available for the open source ecosystem. It can be used by end-users for basic video editing, as well as modern filmmakers for semi-professional video processing.

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