Debian install - Step 2 - Editors

Netinstall >

Video editors



available from repo or as a "flatpak" from

if the install fails with "Error resolving '': Name or service not known", try to backup the file /etc/resolv.conf and then edit that file so that "nameserver" equals

to enable mp4 decoding/encoding, you need some gstreamer codecs that are not dependencies..


another non-linear video editor, and it looks good and works well

Download the binary archive (.deb) from "Releases" and install it with
(hit Tab to complete package name)

then sort out dependencies with:


available as an AppImage from


(with its not so well inspired name).... available from

there's also Kino - perhaps the most basic of all editors, and Lives with its disastrous UI, but they don't score very well with me.



the non-linear video editor from KDE (hence its name.. KDE-n-li-v-e) that is both powerful and easy to use. It's also well supported online.

I give some tips on it on my page, Kdenlive and HD video.

If you're not too concerned about getting the latest codecs, you can use this install line - and if you run Debian testing then kdenlive should be quite up to date.


Note: since Debian 8 (Jessie), kdenlive depends on libav-tools - no longer ffmpeg.

For the latest release, see my kdenlive page for info on installing the Appimage or from source.


from (but it looks way difficult to install as vlc is needed first from git source with masses of libs that don't want to install!!)



a 3D animation tool that ships with a built-in video sequencer, and with professional looks and features...
available in the Debian repo or downloaded from

one of its major flaws (presently) is it can't render utilising full CPU power, it renders single-thread, split between cpu cores.

See my Blender page for my tips and links to tutorials



A video editor for Linux that is perhaps without rival. The three main versions available are HV (maintained by the original author and without community input, and lacking many features added by the community), CV (the community version that builds on HV releases) and GG (from Good Guy).


get cin CV (v2.3, quicktime-based) ........ get cin GG (v5.1, ffmpeg-based) ...

cin. CV must be built for debian, there's no packaging done after deb-multimedia shifted to cinelerra HV.

cin. GG can be more easily run without building it - you may want to preinstall the latest ffmpeg (see below)

to get using cinelerra GG, either..

1. add the repo line below to your sources file,

2. download the .deb archive from

3. download and unpack the stand-alone archive from, and run it with `./cin`

-> unpack the txz archive with

to build cinelerra-CV, first get dependencies:

and I had to choose this option:

 Downgrade the following packages:
1)      libfftw3-double3 [3.3.6p2-1 (now) -> 3.3.5-3 (testing)]
2)      libfftw3-single3 [3.3.6p2-1 (now) -> 3.3.5-3 (testing)]

then run

See my tips and links to tutorials on my Cinelerra page...

And see how all these video editors scored with me after some vigorous testing I did in 2017 ......on my video editor review/score sheet

- admittedly, only a couple of days with the first four above and a month with blender, but some years with kdenlive, and now two years with cinelerra (the overall favorite!)...


The future of Linux video editing? Born out of Cinelerra but only a demo (non-functioning) version has been released to date.

Latest ffmpeg

You can either
1. follow the ffmpeg build guide (includes building libx264 libx265 libfdk-aac libmp3lame libopus libvpx)

or 2. build only ffmpeg and install others from repositories.

For no.2 option, download an ffmpeg stable release from download.html#releases

next get the build dependencies:

Then open a terminal in the ffmpeg dir, and run ./configure with the compilation flags (taken from the ffmpeg guide) :


followed by

Image cataloguers/editors

XnView Multi Platform

A very cool image processing program available as a .deb at the forum,

See my Xnview Tips page for help using XnView, setup and configuring appearance.


offers many good tools for making your shots stand out.

And don't forget gimp and inkscape are useful graphics tools to have...

Libre Office

This is the office suite to have if you need document productivity - its by far the best developed in the Open Source world.

You need a Java Runtime Environment for running macros, such as openjdk:

apt install libreoffice from repository, or better, download LibreOffice from

To remove an older version (because installing a newer version may leave the previous version in /opt - all 700mb of it)..

where X.X is the release no. of the last version you installed. e.g 6.2

extract from the downloaded tar file and cd to the dir and into the DEBS dir, and then:

If the install fails to make Menu entries you can get by that with a few links in your usr/share/apps dir...
just check the version number and, as root,

Tip: to change the toolbar icons to small, and tango for example, go to Tools > Options > LibreOffice > View

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Step3 - media players, media rippers, desktop apps, ClamTK, rootkit hunter