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The LiVES video editor and VJ tool has reached the 2.8.5 release. The new release features experimental support for Wayland.

Besides the Wayland support, LiVES 2.8.5 includes following changes

  • Fix audio loss when inserting without audio in clip editor (regression).
  • Fix compiler error and warnings for gcc 7
  • Fix regression in mkv_decoder.
  • Fix compiler warnings for openGL plugin.
  • Change max seek allowed from 1 second to 2 seconds in avformat decoder.
  • Update css state selectors for gtk 3.18+
  • Updated translation to Ukranian (thaks Yuri).

LiVES 2.85

How to Install LiVES 2.8.5 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, and derivatives, you can install LiVES 2.8.5 from the unofficial PPA.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/lives

Type in your password (no visual feedback due to security reason) and hit Enter.

2. If you have a previous release installed, launch Software Updater (Update Manager) to upgrade LiVES after checking for updates:

Or just run commands to install the editor for the first time:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install lives lives-plugins


To remove LiVES video editor, either use your system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove lives lives-plugins && sudo apt autoremove

And remove the PPA by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.


LiVES, free and open-source video editing system and VJ tool, has reached the 2.6.0 release. It features h264/aac, wmv2, ffv1 and mjpeg encodings support to ffmpeg_encoder and a few important fixes.

LiVES is upgrading continually in recent months. The first release in 2.6 series was released yesterday, one week after the 2.4.8 release. And here’s the changelog:

  • Fix crash when applying rendered effects to virtual clips.
  • Add h264/aac, wmv2, ffv1 and mjpeg encodings to ffmpeg_encoder.
  • Fix memory leak in new style gdkpixbuf converter.
  • Fix frame seek bug in avformat decoder with non-zero start time.
  • Autoscroll “Show details” when encoding.
  • Work around a gtk+ crash bug in GtkTextView with lots of text.
  • Show missing libraries in ffmpeg_encoder.
  • Show time remaining estimate for encoding for most encoder formats.
  • OK / Cancel in the file chooser should immediately cancel any preview (regression).
  • Add “Use current clip values” button when entering multitrack.
  • Fix memory leak in pulseaudio input analysis.
  • Minor GUI improvements.

lives 2.6.0

How to Install LiVES 2.6.0 in Ubuntu:

Besides building from the source code, here’s a unofficial PPA available for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and their derivatives.

Follow below steps to add PPA and install the video editor:

1. Launch terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T key. When it opens, paste below command and run to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/lives

Type in your password (no visual feedback just type in mind) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.


2. Have a previous installed? Launch Software Updater and upgrade LiVES after checking for updates.

Or, run below commands one by one in terminal to check updates and install the new release:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install lives

3. (Optional) You may disable/remove PPAs after installation by launching Software & Updates and going to Other Software tab.



LiVEs video editor and VJ tools has reached the 2.4.2 release with various fixes and improvements.

LiVES is an open source video editing system designed to be simple to use, yet powerful. It is small in size, yet it has many advanced features.

It’s the first software that I learned how to package a software into launchpad PPA. Now PPA updates with the new release for Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and derivatives.


Changes in LiVEs 2.4.2:

  • Fix crash after recording with pulseaudio external audio.
  • Fix possible crash when converting from YUV420 to UYVY / YUYV.
  • Fix memory issue in audio triggered video generators.
  • Fix buttons issue in the progress dialog (regression).
  • Fix occasional hang in shutdown via OSC.
  • Minor fixes for headless (nogui, noplaywin) modes.
  • Increase size of debug output window when encoding (Regression).
  • Fix for compiling without jack.
  • Fix crash in mask_overlay effect.
  • Fix some threading problems when running audio and video effects together.
  • Improve OSC responsiveness during playback.
  • Fixes for beat_detector, edge, vector_visualiser, and kaleidoscope plugins.
  • Fix latency issue with pulseaudio external input.
  • Fix for opening unicap device during playback.
  • Work around gtk+ bug for clips menu.
  • Implement OSC commands /audio/mute/set, /audio/mute/get, /audio/volume/set, /audio/volume/get and /clip/open/unicap.
  • Fixes / refactoring for firewire grabbing.
  • Re-enable button icons (via preference) and clean up stock button code.

How to Install / Upgrade LiVEs via PPA:

Open terminal from the Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T combination key. When it opens, run below commands one by one:

1. Add the PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/lives


2. Refresh / update your system package cache:

sudo apt-get update

3. Finally install / upgrade the software:

sudo apt-get install lives

Have an previous version installed? you may replace the step 2 & 3 by launching Software Updater and upgrading LiVEs after checking for updates.


The open-source video editor and VJ tool LiVEs 2.2.7 has been released recently. PPA’s ready for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Linux Mint 17, and derivatives.

What is LiVEs?

LiVES is a Video Editing System. It is designed to be simple to use, yet powerful. It is small in size, yet it has many advanced features.

LiVES mixes realtime video performance and non-linear editing in one professional quality application. It will let you start editing and making video right away, without having to worry about formats, frame sizes, or framerates. It is a very flexible tool which is used by both professional VJ’s and video editors – mix and switch clips from the keyboard, use dozens of realtime effects, trim and edit your clips in the clip editor, and bring them together using the multitrack timeline. You can even record your performance in real time, and then edit it further or render it straight away.

LiVEs 2.2.7 in Ubuntu 14.04

For the more technically minded, the application is frame and sample accurate, and it can be controlled remotely or scripted for use as a video server. And it supports all of the latest free standards.

For features, documentation and other details, see LiVEs web site.

Changes in LiVEs 2.2.7:
  • Add support for audio triggered generators.
  • Add support for projectM (milkdrop) generators.
  • Improvements to openGL playback plugin.
  • Add permanent inputs in jack and pulse audio when handling external audio.
  • Fix bug in chroma_blend transition.
  • Further code cleanup.
  • Fix text width for “show VJ keys” window.
  • Remove unnecessary deinterlacing from threaded player.
  • Added OSC commands /clip/selection/rte_apply, /clip/undo and /clip/redo.
  • Add libvisual plugins to correct submenu (regression).
  • Minor fixes for the rfx builder window.
  • Minor fixes for merge in clip editor.

Install/Upgrade to LiVEs 2.2.7 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 12.04 users, run below commands one by one to install or upgrade to LiVEs 2.2.7.

1. Open terminal from the Dash or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run the command below to add the PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/lives

Type in user password when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

Add LiVEs ppa

2. If you have a previous version installed, upgrade the editor using “Software Updater” or “Synaptic Package Manager” after checking for updates.

Or you can run below commands one by one to update packages cache and install LiVEs:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install lives

That’s it. Enjoy!

LiVEs video editor and VJ tool has reached v2.2.5 with support for mplayer2 and a crash issue fixed.

LiVEs is a free video editing software and VJ tool written in C, Perl and Python. It allows the user to manipulate video in realtime and in non-realtime. The application also has features which go beyond traditional video editing applications – for example, it can be controlled and monitored remotely over a network, and it has facilities for streaming to and from another copy of LiVES. It is resolution and frame rate independent.

LiVEs uses a system of plugins for effects, decoders, encoders and video playback. The APIs for these are now well defined, and the application can be easily extended.

LiVEs video editor

The latest LiVEs 2.2.5 gets below changes:

  • Fix crash (regression) in mpegts decoder.
  • Add support for mplayer2.

Install LiVEs in Ubuntu via PPA:

LiVEs is available in Ubuntu Software Center, but it’s a little old. To install the latest release from PPA, do:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/lives

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install lives

The PPA so far supports Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10 and Ubuntu 12.04.

More about LiVEs, go to its website.