This is a different kind of video because it has a bit of Time Travel in it. In June 2019, I presented a talk at the SouthEast LinuxFest entitled “Kdenlive: From Beginner to Advanced Video Editing”. This was an interesting experience and the editing process took an excessive amount of time which I suppose is fitting for a video about video editing. In this video, you will learn some tips and tricks that I use for working in Kdenlive as well as some cool transitions like Matte Transitions. There was also a very useful Questions & Answers section at the end of the talk.

I actually learned some more things during the process of editing this video so there is always plenty to learn about this kind of software. If you would like more Kdenlive videos from me then please leave a comment below. I would be happy to make some specific tutorial videos, this is more of an overview and I think there’s plenty to show in tutorial form. 😀

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Note: there are MANY matte transitions packs online but this is a really nice getting start pack of 20 different transitions from Orange83.

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  1. Late to the party here, but this is relevant to my interests. I look forward to digging into it. The only video software I’ve ever worked with is Premiere so a good primer on a FOSS alternative is great!

  2. KDenLive IS great! Just be aware of it’s flaws going in.

    Another video editor to take a look at is Olive.

  3. While I am a big fan of Kdenlive, I don’t consider it a true alternative to Premiere Pro. Premiere Pro is so far beyond the functions and features of Kdenlive that its not really even close. However, I do think Kdenlive is very very powerful especially for an open source video editor. So with that in mind, I wouldn’t say expect it to be comparable but overall it is still good.

    I think this is true for all of the open source options, none of them really compare to Premiere Pro. On the other hand, Linux does have the ability to use Lightworks so professional grade is available.

  4. Very true Michael. DaVinci Resolve is also another option but it is a royal pain in the butt to get working correctly on Linux (not to mention get it running stably). And the Studio version (i.e. the paid version) is the only one that runs h.264/265 natively.

  5. Thanks for posting this. I hadn’t understood the purpose of the spacer tool. I was frustrated because I was trying to move many clips past the edit point and selecting them with Shift and mouse select was infuriating. This will make that much easier.

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