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My friends are recommending me to use OSx for video-editing but trying to use old good OSs such as Debian and Ubuntu. How can I do chromakey -video-editing in some Unix or Linux?

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I asked for recommendations here about platform so keep this question simple, just on Unix. – hhh Nov 25 '12 at 0:43
kdenlive does the trick in Ubuntu. However, it is not as fancy as we wish. – Geppettvs D'Constanzo Nov 25 '12 at 4:00
@GeppettvsD'Constanzo have you tried OpenShot? How does it compare to KDEnlive? – hhh Nov 26 '12 at 18:37
BTW: kdenlive is having better support. I once dropped a comment and a mail in the forums and blog for support in openshot and I am yet waiting for an answer. I can say openshot has improved, yes. But they yet have lots of things to work in. Specially in the support area. Have a look at the VLMC, which was in the same condition as openshot when I tested both in 11.04, who knows? I am sure they are better now. Good luck! – Geppettvs D'Constanzo Nov 26 '12 at 19:18
Other BTW: We're yet expecting the open source release for Editshare's Lightworks who has already dropped their "free" version for Windows. They also complained about the "how hard is" to make an open source for Linux but they didn't say they won't do it. Anyway, I have tried the free version for windows and I couldn't make it work so far. lwks.com – Geppettvs D'Constanzo Nov 26 '12 at 19:35

I am gathering here candidates, writing in progress.

It is much easier to use Chromekey with OpenShot than with Blender. KDEnlive looks more pro but also harder to use. There are rumors about free versions of softwares such as Editshare's Lightworks.


  • OpenShot here: video editing software

  • Blender here: 3D modelling

  • KDEnlive here: video -editor, suggested by Geppettvs D'Constanzo

  • VLMC here, suggested by Geppettvs D'Constanzo


  • Blender use Node Editor and there select somehow some Chromakey -effect -- more here.
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Do you have any evidence that VLMC does chromakey. – Evan Carroll Feb 27 '13 at 19:54
@EvanCarroll no just listed Geppetvs's suggestion. If it does not, feel free to edit. – hhh Feb 27 '13 at 21:03

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