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LiVES, free and open-source video editor and VJ tool, reached the 2.8.8 release today. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04.

Changes in LiVES 2.8.8 include:

  • Fix “undo render to same clip” after rendering to selection.
  • Add new libav_stream playback plugi
  • Set openGL playback plugin (if present) as the default for new installs.
  • (Multi monitor support) always show dialog windows on the gui monitor.
  • Re-enable audio recording from external sources (was inadvertantly disabled).
  • Fix possible problems with layout reloading (regression).
  • Reset to correct playback position when stop is pressed during / after pause (multitrack),
  • Increase size of playback area in multitrack mode.
  • Increase preview window size for video part open.
  • Add quick transcode menu option (beta).
  • Keep showing framebar when not playing (can be overriden in prefs).
  • Show audio source in framebar (overridden by pref).
  • Optimise redrawing of audio waveforms in clip editor.
  • Implement external audio trigger for recording.
  • Theme fixes for buttons.
  • Various optimisations.
  • Scale many widget sizes based on screen resolution.
  • Fix crash in multitrack parameter adjustment for effects with repeated channels.
  • Ctrl + mouse scroll can be used to zoom in / out in multitrack.
  • Disable ctrl-q (quit) accelerator during playback to prevent accidental triggering.
  • Updates for libav 3.5.

How to Install LiVES 2.8.8 in Ubuntu:

Other than building the software from source, you can install it from unofficial PPA in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Linux Mint 18.x and their derivatives by following steps:

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/lives

Type in your password (no visual feedback while typing due to security reason) when it asks and hit Enter.

LiVES PPA

2. Then upgrade the software from an existing release via Software Updater:

or simply run commands in terminal to install or upgrade LiVES:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install lives lives-plugins

Uninstall:

To remove the software, simply run commands:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove lives lives-plugins

The PPA can be removed via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.

OpenShot Video Editor

OpenShot video editor reached the 2.4.1 release two weeks ago. Now it’s finally available in PPA for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04.

OpenShot 2.4.1 release highlights:

  • Improved image quality.
  • Improved playback smoothness.
  • Improved stability (especially for Windows)
  • New video tutorials
  • Stability improvements and more. See the release note.

How to Install OpenShot 2.4.1 in Ubuntu:

The PPA does not support Ubuntu 17.10 so far. However, a 64-bit AppImage is available for download at the link below. Just download, make executable and run the file to launch OpenShot:

Download OpenShot AppImage

For traditional packages, OpenShot’s official PPA contains the .deb packages for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 17.04:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade the editor via “Software Updater”, if you have a previous openshot-qt package installed.

Or run commands to check updates and install / upgrade OpenShot:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install openshot-qt libopenshot*

Uninstall:

To uninstall openshot video editor, run following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove openshot-qt

And remove the PPA by launching “Software & Updates” and navigating to Other Software tab.

The open-source non-linear video editor, Pitivi 1.0, is finally near after thirteen years of development.

Pitivi 1.0 release candidate “Ocean Big Chair”, marked as version 0.99, has many bug-fixes and performance improvements. There are quite a few important fixes thanks to the students who contributed in Google Summer of Code.

The development is focused on bug fixing until Pitivi 1.0. A flatpak repository has been created so Ubuntu users can easily install the latest release of Pitivi via following steps.

How to Install Pitivi via Flatpak in Ubuntu:

1. For Ubuntu 16.04, first open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run following commands to install flatpak daemon while it’s not available by default:

  • Add the PPA repository for flatpak:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexlarsson/flatpak

    Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

  • Then install flatpak for Ubuntu 16.04 and derivatives:
    sudo apt update
    
    sudo apt install --install-recommends flatpak

2. Then run command to install Pitivi flatpak package:

flatpak install --user http://flatpak.pitivi.org/pitivi.flatpakref

Once installed, launch the video editor either from your application launcher or via command:

flatpak run org.pitivi.Pitivi

In addition, to update the Pitivi flatpak when a new release is available, run command:

flatpak --user update org.pitivi.Pitivi

And to uninstall the flatpak, run following command in terminal:

flatpak --user uninstall org.pitivi.Pitivi stable

OpenShot Video Editor

The openshot video editor has reached the 2.4 release earlier today with stability improvements. Here’s how to install it in all current Ubuntu releases.

OpenShot 2.4 mainly features following changes:

  • Vastly improved stability, improved undo/redo history (now being saved inside each project file).
  • Fixed Image Sequence exporting. Supports PNG, JPG, PPM, BMP and a few others.
  • Added ‘Audio Only’ and ‘Video Only’ export options.
  • New freeze and zoom menu
  • Prevent crashes related to too many threads
  • Fix many crash issues and other bugs.
  • See the release note for details.

openshot 2.4

How to Install OpenShot 2.4 in Ubuntu:

A 64-bit AppImage is available for download at the link below. Just download, make executable and run the file to launch OpenShot:

Download OpenShot AppImage

For traditional packages, OpenShot’s official PPA contains the .deb packages for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 17.04, though OpenShot 2.4 build it not ready at the moment of writing.

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade the editor via “Software Updater”, if you have a previous openshot-qt package installed.

Or run commands to check updates and install / upgrade OpenShot:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install openshot-qt

Uninstall:

To uninstall openshot video editor, run following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove openshot-qt

And remove the PPA by launching “Software & Updates” and navigating to Other Software tab.

Shotcut, a free, open-source, and cross-platform video editor application, has reached the 17.09 release earlier today.

Shotcut 17.09 contains various bug fixes and translation updates, it also contains following changes:

  • Renewed the code signing certificate for the Windows installer and executable.
  • Updated SDL to v2.0
  • Updated FFmpeg to v3.2
  • Updated x264, x265, and vp8/9 to the latest stable versions.
  • Add the ability to turn off the welcome message

How to Install Shotcut 17.09 in Ubuntu:

The software offers portable Linux package available for download at the link below:

Download Shotcut

Simply extract the Linux tarball, and run executable to launch the editor.

For better Ubuntu integration, install the Shotcut snap app via following commands:

1. For Ubuntu 14.04 & Ubuntu 16.04 who’ve never installed a snap app, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install snapd daemon:

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then install Shotcut snap app via command:

sudo snap install shotcut --classic

Once installed, launch it from your application launcher and enjoy!

Uninstall:

The snap app will be upgrade automatically once a new release is published. To remove it, open terminal and run command:

sudo snap remove shotcut