Edit Video

Use Kdenlive or DaVinci Resolve

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 and 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

KdenliveThe official Kdenlive documentation provides an up-to-date tutorial for getting started with video editing. We recommend starting here.

The Kdenlive main window. Image is Copyright (C) the Kdenlive developers. Taken from the official Kdenlive documentation, used as permitted by the CC-BY-SA 4.0 license. Image is provided as-is (without warranty) for example purposes.

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. What we really appreciate about DaVinci Resolve is that it reportedly uses GPU acceleration throughout the production pipeline.

DaVinci Resolve requires a discrete GPU in order to function. It therefore works on M1 and M2 devices, but will not start properly on systems with only an iGPU, such as XE, Ir, and NX devices.

In order to install Resolve 18 on 24.04 LTS (Noble) systems, some workarounds are required. The following installation procedure has been tested and works on Focus systems (adapted from advice from u/Prefader on Reddit):

# Exit if we are not on Noble, no workarounds are needed on Jammy grep -q 24.04 /etc/os-release || exit; sudo -i cd /home/user/Downloads unzip DaVinci_Resolve_18.6.6_Linux.zip SKIP_PACKAGE_CHECK=1 ./DaVinci_Resolve_18.6.6_Linux.run -i # Once installation succeeds, make Resolve use additional system libraries cd /opt/resolve/libs mkdir /opt/old-resolve-libs mv libglib-2.0.so* /opt/old-resolve-libs/ mv libgio-2.0.so* /opt/old-resolve-libs/ mv libgmodule-2.0.so* /opt/old-resolve-libs/ # Start Resolve for the first time exit # to leave root mode /opt/resolve/bin/resolve

You may be presented with a solid-white window upon first startup. If this happens, click it, press Alt+F4 to attempt to close it, then wait for KDE to inform you that the application is not responding. In the popup window that appears, choose to terminate the application. Resolve should then proceed to launch normally. This only appears to happen the first time Resolve is launched.

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. 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.

Paid versions of Davinci Resolve have better import capability, so if you have purchased the software, this step may not be necessary for many formats.

If you are just getting started with Resolve, TjFree Software for Creators appears to be a reliable, high-quality resource.

Troubleshooting

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Revisions

This is a partial revision history. See the git repository for all entries.

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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