Video Editing with Kdenlive

Non-linear video editing

Create professional quality videos using Kdenlive and other tools.

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Create a project directory

dolphinCreate a project directory to hold all your clips and other project files. Name it something like VideoProject-001.

Copy video and audio to project directory

KDEUse KDE Connect to download files videos from your Android device to your project directory. Alternately, copy the files directly from an SD Card or USB stick using the Dolphin file manager or terminal.

Start editing

kdenliveWe recommend this wonderful series by Victoriano de Jesus for a general guide on using KDEnlive 20.04.

Pre-process audio with Audacity

audacityWe often use Audacity to edit audio files that are extracted from video.

Other Tools

We have considered LightWorks and DaVinci Resolve. While neither are free software, both are available at no cost to get started. One thing we really appreciate about DaVinci Resolve is that it reportedly uses GPU acceleration throughout the production pipline. TjFree Software for Creators appears to be a very good resource.

winffOne thing DaVinci Resolve cannot do is convert video files for import on-the-fly like KDEnlive, so we recommend converting to xvid using WinFF.

In order to do this, copy the following and save it as xvid.wff. Then, import it into WinFF:

<presets>   <Xvid>     <label>Xvid MOV Davinci Resolve</label>     <params>-c:v libxvid -q:v 1 -c:a pcm_s24le</params>         <extension>mov</extension>     <category>QuickTime</category>   </Xvid> </presets>

For more information, we recommend this guide.

Troubleshooting

Content will be added as needed.

Revisions

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Disclaimer

We try hard to provide a useful solution validated by professionals. However, we cannot anticipate every situation, and therefore cannot guarantee this procedure will work for your needs. Always backup your data and test the solution to determine the correct procedure for you.

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