FOSS video editors OpenShot and Kdenlive updated • The Register

Two of the leading open-source video editors got new releases in the same week… and both are cross-platform, so you don’t have to be a penguin disruptor to try them out.

Back in 2015, the reg offered a summary of Linux video editing programs and stated at the time that a new version of OpenShot was a long time coming:

Unfortunately, OpenShot 1.x looks largely like abandonware at this point.

Well the project took a while but they pulled it off. OpenShot 2.0 came out in 2016, after that “Almost two and a half years” as our writer said at the time. Its maintainers don’t rush their work: this week, six and a half years later, they just released OpenShot 3.0. To be fair, there have been quite a few 2.x interim releases, the last of which was 2.6.1 in September 2021.

The new version claims over 1,000 improvements along with better performance and stability. The app can now export multiple videos at the same time, and users of HiDPI monitors should benefit from improved 4K display support. This version is compatible with Blender 3.3. They also did a lot of work on the program’s instruction manual.

OpenShot supports an impressive range of platforms. It is available in both native .DEB Format in an Ubuntu PPA and as a cross-platform AppImage that you can also run on ChromeOS (as long as it’s an x86-based ChromeBook). There are also macOS and Windows versions. The Windows version can be run as a portable app, which means you can run and use it without administrator rights, for example by installing it on a USB stick. However, it requires a 64-bit CPU.

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Kdenlive update

Kdenlive 22.12 is also out. This isn’t such big news as this project releases a new version several times a year, along with the rest of the KDE app suite, now called KDE Gear. Kdenlive’s somewhat odd name comes from “KDE NLV Editor”, as in Non-Linear Video, and is apparently pronounced kay-den-live. It is based on the MLT toolkit, which was also the basis of OpenShot 1.x before that project switched to its own framework, libopenshot, plus JUCE for audio.

Despite this, the last version of Kdenlive from 2022 still offers some new highlights. The user interface features a new, context-sensitive “Guides” dock that contains all timeline guides and clip markers. When you select a clip, its markers appear, and when you click a timeline, its guides appear. This should improve searching and sorting, and everything can be controlled with the keyboard without using the mouse.

The limit of nine fixed categories has been removed and they can now be named and colored. Markers can now be managed in groups and imported or exported. The new version also has improved integration with the Glaxnimate 2D animation tool. The user interface has been overhauled, with the options rearranged and simplified. Optionally, the menu bar can be hidden, in which case all options move to a hamburger menu.

The latter is an option that the Registration number FOSS Desk would like to see KDE go global, preferably soon: either traditional menu bars everywhere, or hamburger menus everywhere. (We prefer the former, by the way.) Currently, some parts of KDE use menu bars and other hamburger menus: in general, apps with a version number (e.g. 5.x) use a bar and those with a date (e.g. 22.12) typically use a button, and we find the inconsistency very irritating.

The Kdenlive announcement states that they have taken the first steps to support the future KDE 6:

Kdenlive can now be built against Qt6 […] This is the first step to ensure that the transition from version 5 to version 6 of Qt and KDE Frameworks is smooth.

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We don’t have a definitive ETA for the move to Qt6 yet, but we currently expect that to happen in the second half of 2023.

Sorting out the inconsistent use of menu bars versus buttons and making sure window management keystrokes are consistent with other desktops and operating systems is number one on Reg’s wish list of things we want to see in KDE 6. ® FOSS video editors OpenShot and Kdenlive updated • The Register

Rick Schindler

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