Audio-Video Editing

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Compiled by Valentin Spirik:

Audacity is an open-source audio editor, available for all major platforms. (*)

Ardour "is a digital audio workstation. You can use it to record, edit and mix multi-track audio. ... If you've been looking for a tool similar to ProTools, Nuendo, Cubase SX, Digital Performer, Samplitude or Sequoia, you might have found it." For Linux and OS X (no Windows version), source code available.

Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor, available for all major platforms.

The Gimp is an open-source image manipulation programme, available for all major platforms. To make the transition easier for Photoshop users there is also the GimpShop

CinePaint (Film Gimp) is an open-source programme for deep paint manipulation and image processing (e.g. motion picture frame-by-frame retouching). An upcoming update is expected to support all major platforms.

ffmpegX is a popular shareware programme for transcoding video on the Mac, maybe not a tool that is easy to use, but works well once configured to one's needs. (The open-source VLC media player can also be used for transcoding video and is available for all major platforms.)

Jashaka is "the worlds first OpenSource Realtime Editing and Effects System", available for all major platforms.

LiVES is "a Free, Open Source video editor *and* a VJ tool." It is "fully cross platform for Linux and many flavours of Unix (e.g. BSD, openMosix, IRIX, OSX/Darwin)."

Kdenlive is "a non linear video editor for the KDE environment running on Linux. It is based on the MLT video framework which relies on the FFMPEG project".

Cinelerra is a "non-linear video editor and compositor for Linux", there are two versions and

Ubuntu Studio is "A multimedia creation flavor of Ubuntu" and "aimed at the GNU/Linux audio, video and graphic enthusiast as well as professional. We provide a suite of the best open-source applications available for multimedia creation. Completely free to use, modify and redistribute. Your only limitation is your imagination."

Blender is an open-source 3D modeling/animation programme, available for all major platforms.

See also the Wikipedia iMovie and Windows Movie Maker entries for basic (commercial) video editing software ( A basic DV video editing software for Linux is the open-source Kino (

(*) Mac OS X Audacity bug: if you hear no sound when watching .flv videos (e.g. YouTube) after using Audacity: Open Audio MIDI Setup (/Applications/Utilities/) and change the "Audio Output setting" from "96000.0Hz" back to "44100.0Hz" (see also Mac OS X: No audio from certain multimedia content). (