6 Best open source video editor in 2020

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When youtube and other similar platforms are proliferating then need of the best video editor software is at its zenith and if we get something in free and opensource to edit our videos than it would be ‘icing on the cake’.

Now, we are in 2020 and already the Open-source software has gained a good reputation in the IT sector. It is because of the source code which is available for everyone that is not the case with closed software thus also reduce the risk of having spies or other third party spy software.

List of Top free & opensource video editing software in 2020

However, we don’t have free and open-source video editing software range like paid and free programs but still whatever is there is enough to handle quite extensive editing tasks for Windows, macOS, FreeBSD and Linux operating systems, here are some of the best open source video editing programs.

1. OpenShot Video Editor

With the free and open source program “OpenShot Video Editor” we can easily edit our videos for Youtube and other projects quickly on Windows and Linux systems.

The functionality of the video software includes 3D animations, curve-based camera movements, various transitions and the mixing of audio tracks. There are up to five video and audio tracks available for video editing, which can be linked together in numerous transitions and effects.

Since the software is based on the FFmpeg library, it supports the most common audio, video and image formats both for importing and for the final output of your video. Simply drag and drop the project data to be used into the program window or directly into the multi-track timeline, where you can then edit the clips. It helps a lot to newbies those have just started video editing.

free and open source program -OpenShot Video Editor

Furthermore, the user can create videos up to 4k resolution with max with a maximum frame rate of 60 frames per second. The soundtracks support a surround sound of seven channels. Also, OpenShot contains an autosave mode, which saves your project automatically after an adjustable interval.

It supports all common video and audio plus image formats and even can handle GIF files. Over 400 different transitions, effects and animations can be added using it.

Some Key features:

  • Trim & Slice
  • Animation & Keyframes
  • Title Editor
  • 70+ Languages
  • Audio Waveforms
  • 3D Animations
  • Video Effects
  • Unlimited layers for watermarks, background videos, audio tracks, and more.

OpenShot is a cross-platform video editor, with support for Linux, Mac, and Window. Also, provide documentation to know how to use it.

You can download it from here.

To install OpenShot in Ubuntu, Debian or Linux Mint, one can use these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openshot-qt

2. Blender

If you are have ever searched for free tools for 3D animation then I am sure you would have seen the Blender, it is also a good tool for video editing but not a beginner.

Blender allows the modelling and texturing of 3D mesh models. The program also allows character animations using keyframes and skeleton systems. You can also use the included physics simulation tools to simulate fire, smoke, particles, water, textiles and solids.

Blender includes a non-linear video editing system that is available in all the current stable versions for Debian, Ubuntu and other Linux using Snap store including executable for Windows 10/7…

Blender Video editing -min

See how to install blender on Ubuntu. For Windows 10/7 and macOS follow this official website link.

3. Pitivi Video Editor

It is another strong contender in the free and opensource that deals in video editing. The developers have written it in Python language and offer a timeline-based interface to easily navigate through different frames of videos. This also gives it a professional look similar to Avid and Adobe premiere.

It has a quite extensive range of features such as 

Unlimited video/audio track layers; Frame stepping, keyboard controls and shortcuts
Trimming, splitting/cutting, Snapping, Ripple edits/roll edits, Sound mixing of multiple concurrent audio layers, Volume keyframe curves; Keyframable audio & video effects
Audio waveforms; Keyframable effects; Opacity keyframe curves; Importing support for all video/audio/image formats provided by GStreamer plugins and more…

It is only available for Linux operating systems, one can use Flatpak to install it on all mainstream Linux distros.

Pitivi Video Editor

Here are the commands:

Install Flatpak before using these commands:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
flatpak install flathub org.pitivi.Pitivi


4. Shotcut Video Editing tool

The Shotcut is an open-source video editing tool that allows to cut and convert videos quickly and easily, supporting a wide variety of formats.

In terms of audio technology, Shotcut comes up with all sorts of mixing tools and audio filters. Thanks to HTML5 support, one can also create impressive video effects. There is also a wide range of optical filters. Various display and monitor options make it easier for you to keep an overview. All of these options take some time before you can easily handle them.

Frame by frame video editing. Various filters and effects for image and sound are included for editing, such as colour filters for video and normalization for audio. Projects can be saved as an MLT XML file, while finished films are output via the “Encode” button, where properties such as resolution or frame rate can also be set. In addition to multicore support, Shotcut can also use the computing power of graphics units via OpenGL. Shotcut’s standard user interface can be customized using various skins and modular windows.

Shotcut open source Video Editing tool

In addition to the Windows version shortcut also versions for Linux and OS X to download on the official website.

SeeHow to install Shotcut on Ubuntu 7 Linux. For other platforms see the official website.

Key Features:  

  • Webcam and audio capture
  • Wide range of audio and video formats thanks to FFmpeg
  • Also supports images extensions such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, SVG, TGA, TIFF and WebP.
  • Native timeline editing
  • Multiple Video Filters
  • Video scopes: Histogram, RGB Parade, RGB Waveform, Waveform, and Zoom
  • Frame-accurate seeking for many formats
  • 3-way (shadows, mids, highlights) colour wheels for correction and grading
  • Support for 4K resolutions
  • USer can network stream playback using different protocols such as HTTP, HLS, RTMP, RTSP, MMS and UDP.
  • Cross-platform support: available on Windows, Linux, and macOS
  • Blackmagic Design SDI and HDMI for input and preview monitoring
  • OpenGL GPU-based image processing
  • Color, text, noise, and counter generators and more…

5. KdenLive 

Kdenlive is a KDE project and optimized for the KDE desktop, real-time multitrack video editing program. The program is included in the package sources for all leading distributions thus a wide range of Linux users can install it to use without adding any third-party repository. The distributions are Archlinux, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, KDE neon, OpenSuse, Solus, Ubuntu, LinuxMint, Elementary those are not here can use the App Image|SNAP|Flatpak. If you are not a Linux user, then don’t worry KdenLive open source video editor is also available for Windows and macOS.

KdenLive is based on MLT video Frameworks and FFmpeg. The interface of the software is a customizable and unlimited undo steps and functions for organizing the timeline. Also supports 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios for both PAL, NTSC and various HD standards including HDV and AVCHD.

In addition, Kdenlive supports camcorders, webcams and all common audio, video and image formats and the recording of the screen content.

It also supports all common video formats supported by FFmpeg or libav (such as QuickTime, AVI, WMV, MPEG, and Flash Video, among others).

To run on standard resources computer, the KdenLive smartly created a low-resolution video of the source clips to make sure the editing would snag-free and later after editing when the user render the same, it uses full resolution for final output.

Kdenlive is an open source video editor

Key Features of KdenLive:

  • Multi-track video editing.
  • Uses powerful FFmpeg libraries
  • Arrange and save your custom interface layouts
  • Can add Title Text to video with different capabilities and arrangements.
  • Dozens of effects from colour correction to audio adjustments.
  • Automatically create a backup file of the project every few minutes
  • Supports Audio Meter, Histogram, Waveform, Vectorscope and RGB Parade
  • Timeline preview, Keyframeable effects and themable interface.
  • To add different effects to the video, the user can down render profiles, wipes and title templates directly online using the software.

6. Olive is a free non-linear video editor

It is relatively new software but with quite a professional interface just like Adobe premiere. In the following screenshot, one can see the timeline and editing tools including audio levels same as Adobe.

I used it on Windows 10 and the performance of this was good and didn’t face any unexpected crash. One should give it one chance if you are looking for some prosumer editing tool, definitely, it will not underestimate you.

Beside WIndows, it is available for Linux and macOS as well.

olive-non linear video editing tool alternative to Adobe premiere

To install it on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian and other similar kinds of Linux Distro, here are the commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:olive-editor/olive-editor
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install olive-editor

For other Linux, one can use SNAP command:

sudo snap install --edge olive-editor

Note: The system should have SNAP before using its command.

Conclusion on Open source video editing tools

So, these were some best tools for video editing in a free and open source category. If you have never touched any video editor before then start from Openshot and those know a little bit about how these software work they can go for Shotcut or Kdenlive, well, of course, try Olive and Prithvi too as they are also worth to have one look. Whereas, those want something with strong 3D & 2D animation with editing capabilities should go for Blender.

Nevertheless, if you are looking for some free software with/without GPL license with Professional, one can try Davinci. Here is the link to see about more such as kind of free Videos editor software.

H2S Media Team
H2S is a group of tech enthusiasts those are passionate about latest technology developments. They always like to solve own technical problems and share the same solution with others through this Website.


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