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Video Applications

Capture, record, edit, and convert video using these applications.

  • Also see the list of Media Players.
  • Also see the Audio/Video Conversion section as well as these tips for video conversion techniques.
  • Also see this section for information on packages needed to play DVDs.
  • Also see this list of open source video applications.
  • Trivia: The movie Avatar was created at Weta Digital on a super-computer comprised of 4,000 servers running Kubuntu Linux, co-ordinated by the previously open-source Sun Grid Engine (no longer available).


OpenShot is a GTK-based non-linear video editing suite for Linux. Install:

sudo apt-get install openshot

PiTiVi (Non-linear Video Editing Suite)

PiTiVi is a simple, limited-capability open source video editor that will be the default in newer versions of Ubuntu. It uses the GStreamer/Fluendo framework. Install:

sudo apt-get install pitivi

Avidemux (Video editor/processor)

Avidemux is a free, GPL-licensed open source cross-platform video editor and processor. Using mencoder as a backend, it allows cropping, trimming, special effects, and conversions between many filetypes (MPG/DVD, AVI, MP4, ASF). Install the GTK-based version:

sudo apt-get install avidemux

Kino (Non-linear Video Editing Suite)

Kino is a widely used GUI-based non-linear video editing suite for Linux. It imports video files into (and then uses) the DV (Digital Video) format for editing.

sudo apt-get install kino mjpegtools

KdenLive (Non-linear Video Editing Suite for KDE)

Kdenlive is a GUI-based non-linear video editing suite for KDE based on FFmpeg and the MLT video framework. It has tools for DV, video4linux, and screen capture. Install:

sudo apt-get install kdenlive mjpegtools

Cinelerra (Non-linear Video Editing Suite)

Cinelerra Community Version is a complete high-end open source video editing suite that is a derivative of a similar commercial system. Follow the installation instructions for Ubuntu.

LiVES (Video editor/processor)

LiVES is a free, GPL-license open source video editor and processor that is promoted as being useful for VJ editors. Install:

sudo apt-get install lives


OpenMovieEditor is a free, open source movie editing program for basic movie making. Install:

sudo apt-get install openmovieeditor


Lightworks is a commercial-grade movie editor that requires a paid subscription. However, a 64-bit limited free version is also available for (K)Ubuntu/Debian by downloading a .deb package (registration required to activate).


Blender is a free GPL-licensed 3D graphics and modeling tool that has been used in several animation projects. Install:

sudo apt-get install blender

Stopmotion (Animation)

Stopmotion is an open-source program for creating stopmotion animation. Install:

sudo apt-get install stopmotion

Animata (Animation)

Animata is an interactive-animation (similar to Flash video) design platform that uses the fltk libraries. It is built from source using the SCons package (which is a make replacement).

  • Make sure you have the usual components for compiling from source code installed:
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r) gcc cmake gettext
  • Install the fltk and scons libraries:
sudo apt-get install libfltk1.1 libfltk1.1-dev scons
  • See these details. Download the Animata source code, extract, and then from the directory into which Animata was extracted run scons:

Webcam Applications

  • To display your webcam on your screen, take photos from it, or to create other effects, install one of these webcam applications:
  • Cheese (sudo apt-get install cheese) is a Gnome-based webcam application with many options and a re-sizable window.
  • Kamoso (sudo apt-get install kamoso) is a KDE-based webcam application.
  • Camorama (sudo apt-get install camorama) is a Gtk-based webcam application that has been around for years.
  • Xawtv (sudo apt-get install xawtv) is a Gtk-based application. Because the Xawtv window can be arranged so that only the webcam image is shown, it is my favorite webcam display for screencasts. (Click on "X" in the window bar -> Advanced -> No Border (ticked) .)

Any of these applications can be used in either Ubuntu or Kubuntu.

Video Disk Recording (VDR)

  • MythTV has one of the leading capabilities for video disk recording.
  • XBMC has an integrated frontend using the vdr backend.


  • VDR is a long-standing video disk recording app (backend) for Linux. Also see these instructions (mostly in German) for (K)Ubuntu. Install:
sudo apt-get install vdr vdr-dev
  • TVHeadend has both a backend and frontend available for video disk recording. See the website for details.
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