There are so many video editors out there (at least half a dozen during my search), and I wonder which is the most advanced among them? How does it compare with commercial offerings?

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    I'm really not a fan of "most advanced" -- what specific things are you looking for? Commented Jan 24, 2011 at 22:00
  • @mic Nothing specific. I just want to know what is the GIMP of video-editing (i.e. the most highly regarded in its class).
    – tshepang
    Commented Jan 24, 2011 at 22:03
  • advanced == most complete == more features
    – tshepang
    Commented Jan 24, 2011 at 22:51
  • @Tshepang, == most reliable?
    – kasterma
    Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 19:17
  • @kas Nope, doesn't count.
    – tshepang
    Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 19:22

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There are different ways of rating video edition software, and depending on which attribute (features ? user-friendliness?) you want to focus on, the answer to your question will be different.

Assuming you mean "Which Open Source video edition software is the most complete (it terms of features)", then the answer is probably Cinelerra.

To get an idea of how it compares to other video edition software, I suggest you have a look at the appropriate Wikipedia page.

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    Here is the wikipedia page I'm referring to [1], I just don't have enough reputation points yet to post more than one link in an answer [1]secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/…
    – user4135
    Commented Jan 24, 2011 at 22:46

http://www.linuxalt.com/ shows Linux equivalents for Windows software; that might help



I've only had a little experience with this, but I rarely need to edit video. It crashed a few times when I used it about a year ago, but maybe it was just me or it's improved. It's fairly easy to use as well.
The screenshots on the site show it in KDE, but I don't think it depends on KDE. I could be wrong though.

  • So you do think this is the most advanced FLOSS in this category? Note that I'm not looking for a recommendation.
    – tshepang
    Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 18:14
  • Then why the heck are you asking? To stay on topic Kdenlive is probably not as "advanced" as Cinelerra, whatever that means. Commented Jan 25, 2011 at 20:40

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