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Hi! I am a grade school student interested in video editing. I have mostly been using my MacBook with Final Cut Pro X to edit my school's news "broadcasts" and skits that we do. But next year is my senior year and I am thinking of getting a new laptop for college. Now at first I was just going to get a new MacBook but recently I tried out Ubuntu 12.10 and very much liked it. It was somewhat familiar and more open. The only bad thing is that I can't find any advanced video editors for Linux, and now the only thing stopping me from getting off Apple's ecosystem(not that it is bad) is the fact I need powerful video editing software. If there is any powerful video editing software that you know of on Linux can you please recommend it, or if you don't know of any what is your opinion of the future of Linux and how it will fit into the lives of people who need access to more advanced software that only Windows and OSX seem to be offering at this point in time?

asked Feb 25 '13 at 11:55

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edited Feb 25 '13 at 11:55

Cinelerra. It's a pretty nice non-linear video editor. You will have to add the repository and install from the terminal (command line), but it's not hard and there will likely be a simple tutorial.

Here: http://handytutorial.com/install-cinelerra-in-ubuntu-12-04-12-10/

To launch it just search for it in the dash and click it. When the icon appears in the launcher bar, right click and lock it to the launcher so it will stay.

answered Feb 25 '13 at 14:55

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I had found on distrowatch.com where they have like the top 100 distributions of linux on it. There is a version of Ubuntu on there called Ubuntu Studio which is for both audio and video editing. Here is the link so you can check it out directly.


It is like the normal version of Ubuntu but it comes with what you need out of the install when you are done with the audio, video editors and all that. With the normal install of software like the defaults have of ubuntu. It could help you out there.

answered Feb 25 '13 at 16:18

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I absolutely love Linux, and I plan on dual-booting as soon as Elementary OS releases Beta 2. However, I think that your best bet is sticking with OS X, because I've tried the open source's world of video editors, and I just can't stand them. The ones that look nice lack fundamental tools, and the ones that are more advanced just aren't functional.

If you were looking for a good image editor instead of a video editor, GIMP is the best!

answered Feb 25 '13 at 18:06

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KDEnlive is what I like to use. It works very well.

answered Feb 26 '13 at 00:53

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