Jan 182009

Kdenlive free open-source non-linear video editor for KDE. Kdenlive is an intuitive and powerful multi-track video editor, including most recent video technologies. It relies on a separate renderer, piave, to handle it’s rendering. Kdenlive is easy to use for all levels of users from novice to advanced video editors. Kdenlive is built upon MLT and ffmpeg frameworks, which provide unique features to mix virtually any kind of media.

Some of the powerful features of Kdenlive include,

Support for a wide range of camcorders and cameras, including:

1. Low resolution camcorder (Raw and AVI DV editing).
2. Mpeg2, mpeg4 and h264 AVCHD (small cameras and camcorders).
3. High resolution camcorder files, including HDV and AVCHD camcorders.
4. Professional camcorders, including XDCAM-HD™ streams, IMX™ (D10) streams, DVCAM (D10) , DVCAM, DVCPRO™, DVCPRO50™ streams and DNxHD™ streams (decoding only, encoding untested). Please note that Kdenlive does not offer the original codecs, but only that we use FFmpeg free software codecs, which can read original streams and sometimes export as well. When you own a camcorder, there is no reason why you should not be able to read your own films.

Multitrack edition with a timeline and unlimited number of video and audio tracks.

Video and audio tracks organized in layers.

Tools to create, move, crop and delete video clips, audio clips, text clips and image clips.

Configurable keyboard shortcuts and interface layouts.

A wide range of effects and transitions. Ability to add custome effects and transitions.
Non-blocking rendering using a rendering separate application. Stop, pause and restart rendering. Continue to work on your project without any possible loss of data.

Export to standard formats like DV (PAL and NTSC), Mpeg2 (PAL, NTSC and HDV) and AVCHD (HDV), High quality h264, Non-destructive formats.

Mix video, audio and images to unleash your creativity

Mix different media without prior import. Mix any Video, audio or image files supported by Kdenlive with custom profiles including resolutions, frame rates, PAR and DAR.

Support for a wide range of codecs and formats including Mpeg2, mp4 and h264 video, Mp2, mp3 and ac3 audio, Lossless video (SNOW lossless codec, etc), Free video (Ogg vorbis, etc)

Install Kdenlive

Kdenlive requires “ffmpeg, ffplay & recordmydesktop” to support webcam capture and Desktop screen capture. Both these packages are available as 1-click installs from packman. Click the following 1-click installs to install ffmpeg & ffplay and Recordmydesktop before we proceed to install kdenlive.



Once installed, we can proceed to install kdenlive.

Click this oneclick3 1-click installer supported on openSUSE 11.0/11.0 from packman to install Kdenlive. This should download the YMP file and automatically launch the YaST package manager to add the required Repositories and download and install Kdelive and the required dependencies. Click next on the Kdenlive installation screen and Next again on the installation proposal window. This should start adding the required repositories, download and install Kdenlive and its required dependencies. Click Finish when the installation completes successfully.

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This should install kdenlive under “Applications – Multimedia” as “Video Editor”. Click Video Editor to launch for the first time.

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This takes you through a wizard to set your defaults. This can however can be configured later from “Settings – Configure Kdenlive”


Once wizard finishes, kdenlive launches with multiple easy to understand panels. A good explanation is available here at the project website. This page is also a quick start guide for you to get started in less than few minutes.

Lot of effects and addons can be downloaded from “Settings – Download new lumas”


Kdenlive is a real mature video editing software which can be used by anyone from dummies (like me ;-)) to geeky advanced video editors. Click here for the project homepage.