What would be a good, relatively simple, video editor?

Forum Forums New users New Users and General Questions What would be a good, relatively simple, video editor?

  • This topic has 12 replies, 7 voices, and was last updated Sep 4-12:18 pm by BobC.
Viewing 13 posts - 1 through 13 (of 13 total)
  • Author
  • #26544

    I copied part of Noclue’s post, relevant to this topic, and BTW, NoClue, thanks for posting these.

    What would be a good simple video editor be? My requirements are at least somewhat simple.

    I just want to edit the video and/or audio by just cutting out or pasting in a sequence of frames. I used to be able to do this on Windows with a program called avidemux, but the Windows machine I used for that finally died, and so I no longer have that available for video editing, and I would like to be able to do it under Linux. I installed avidemux from the debian multimedia repo, but it crashes and looks to be unable to run with any recent antiX or other Debian based repo due to old libraries being used, and therefore I am looking for a program to replace it that a non-graphics person can work.

    Examples of needs:
    1. I make a mistake and want to cut 15 seconds out of a video, both the video and audio tracks, I was hoping just to highlight that portion of both the audio and video and right click or hit a key and then select a delete or cut option, and it would be just as though I took a VCR tape and cut 6 inches out of it and taped it back together.

    2. I found that my audio input was configured by default, and the volume was way too low during an entire video. I have corrected the configuration. If I could re-record the audio by speaking while watching the video, and then replace the old audio track completely with the new audio recording, that would improve it dramatically.

    3. I would like to just like to remove and replace the audio track portion of a video for a few seconds where I said something wrong.

    I tried avidemux, kdenlive, openshot, and flowblade so far… shotcut needs to be compiled, so that is a last resort

    Any suggestions?

    From: NoClue

    DaVinci Resolve 16 is high-quality professional software — if you are capable of using it and if you make it install properly (which is not always that trivial, despite .deb format).


    Otherways, as an alternatives, you coud try: Kdenlive, OpenShot, Shotcut and Cinelerra. Each of them has some advantages and disadvantages.


    (Those are 2 different versions of Cinelerra!)

    There are two more:

    Lightworks — it’s ‘free’ but, the free version is not usable for serious work, good enough for YouTube though.
    If you are into ‘Pro Quality’ you’ll need to get the full license — which is not cheap.


    Blender — it’s the only professional quality video editing software in Linux world. Blender is “Mainly for 3D animation, not focused on regular video editing” and COMPLICATED but, if you are good enough for it, you can make Hollywood movies with it, digital paintings that look more realistic then the photograph …




    Openshot – it’s what I use – you can install it from the repos. 🙂

    Linux (& BSD) since 1999


    Thanks fatmac, I will try that next if I fail again with kdenlive. I found a video on that last night and am hopeful that I can learn it. Avidemux was perfect before under windows but didn’t work under linux for 4 different distros and versions, so I needed to give up on it. What was great about it was that the user interface was designed to do what was expected rather than expecting the user to read a manual or watch training videos..

    Oh well. It crashes on every distro, and I read where they said they didn’t have anyone to work on it, and that was 6 months ago, so no point expecting it to be fixed. I literally installed 3 additional distros that had it available trying…

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Brian Masinick.

    I have no problem with avidemux on MX. You can always try an appimage:

    If you don’t how-to use them. Just download, mark the appimage as executable (chmod +x appimagename) Double click on the appimage and it will run (almost always).

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by manyroads.

    Pax vobiscum,
    Mark Rabideau - http://many-roads.com
    "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." H. L. Mencken
    dwm ~Reg. Linux User #449130
    20 Jan 2021 ~ "End of an Error"


    Same result as far as not working, but more descriptive error. What I did this time was to download the video from youtube because I had seen avidemux complaining about things in it being weird, figuring that youtube might have converted and cleaned it up.

    Anyway, I am getting consistent errors now where its “Trouble initializing audio device” and when I run it from a terminal I found this at the point of the error box, so it appears to be some kind of pulse audio issue. I spent another 2 hours trying on this and am exhausted. I hate graphics stuff. My opinion at the moment is that avidemux is no good and/or simplescreenrecorder is no good.

    [MP4] Go to time succeeded chunk :0 time ask:33 time get:33
    [init] 16:33:20-334 Initializing audioDeviceThreaded with channels=2, fq=44100
    [init] 16:33:20-334 Incoming channel map:
    [init] 16:33:20-334 Outgoing channel map:
    [init] 16:33:20-334 DeviceStopped -> DeviceStopped
    [localInit] 16:33:20-335 Pulse, initiliazing channel=2 samplerate=44100
    [localInit] 16:33:20-346 [PulseSimple] open failed :Connection refused


    Did you have a look at pitivi ?
    It’s in the repos , easy to handle and it should meet your needs.

    Not really necessary, but maybe better to have these plugins installed
    sudo apt-get install gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly gstreamer1.0-libav gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad frei0r-plugins
    if they are not already




    What you want, doesn’t exist in Linux world, unless you’re ready to study, not only RTFM.

    For simple cut, you might also try VidCutter — it’s pretty much ‘idiot safe’.


    However, I can’t tell if it works in antiX.


    You can use WinFF, if you simply want to cut out a sequence of frames from a youtube video. Choose the tab “time” and enter, when your sequence should start and how long it should be.


    I think I got it figured out. I played it in MPV with sound turned off in full screen mode on workspace 2 with the taskbar on autohide, while running the screen recorder, and talked while it played silently, LOL.

    Hopefully I can cut off the part before I start the video, and the part after it ends, and then replace audio track from there onto the one I recorded before. That’s what happens when you try to do something like that at 2 am, wearing headphones to avoid waking anyone else up. You THINK it sounds ok…


    PS: The problem with avidemux was that by default it gets installed configured for PulseAudio instead of Alsa, and you have to find that setting to change it. And sorry about my spelling, Fatmac. When I’m typing from the phone early in the morning after a long night and no coffee, my typing isn’t so reliable.


    So, with avidemux fixed, I attempted to edit the file again after re-recording it and it CRASHED again, LOL, with a bunch of gibberish this time, and unrelated to audio. My give up!

    So back to the list of video editors I went. Kdenlive crashed so it was done. Was able to edit it with Flowblade. It is creating an .mpg 3 times the size, but at least it is creating something, and hopefully I can upload it to youtube.


    I suspect noClue was referring to ffmpeg when he said “study”. There is excellent documentation at ffmpeg.org, and it can do anything. Some simple tasks are simple.
    Remove first 2 seconds
    ffmpeg -ss 2 -i v1.mp4 -c copy v2.mp4
    save 10 s starting at 2s: -ss 2 -t 10
    To cut and splice, I think -concat is necessary e.g. https://www.markheath.net/post/cut-and-concatenate-with-ffmpeg
    To edit sound, open video in audacity, modify audio, export as mp3 and
    fffmpeg -i v2.mp4 -i audio.mp3 -shortest -c copy -map 0:v -map 1:a v3.mp4


    Interesting… I was looking for something like that to replace the audio, but I guess I got around it the hard way.

    Someone was generous enough to help with the software I was missing, so I am going to try running my old Windows stuff from virtualbox because I also have the camera and its software that I would like to be able to use, but can’t stand windows 10. That way I can edit everything as I did in years past, and life will be easier editing videos, regardless where they originated.

Viewing 13 posts - 1 through 13 (of 13 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.