Install Cinelerra Video Editor on Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10


There’re two version of Cinelerra, the official source code is developed by Heroine Virtual, Ltd (HV). HV shares its code base with a community version of Cinelerra (Cinelerra-CV), the community adds new enhancements to the HV source.

To install Cinelerra Community Version:

Hit Ctrl+Alt+T to open a terminal window, copy and paste below command to add the ppa repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cinelerra-ppa/ppa

Then update:

sudo apt-get update

Install Latest Cinelerra-CV:

sudo apt-get install cinelerra-cv

The ppa support Ubuntu 8.04, 10.04, 12.04, 12.10, and 13.04. Also works on Linux Mint 15, 14, 13.

To install Cinelerra 4.4 (HV version):

Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, copy and paste below command to download the Debs.

  • For 32-bit:
  • For 64-bit:

Then install them (both 32-bit & 64bit):

sudo dpkg -i cinelerra_4.4-*.deb

For first time launching cinelerra by typing command in terminal, then lock to Unity Launcher.



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  1. Corrupted my Ubuntu 13.04 64 bit installation. not cinelerra is not removable. Thanks alot

  2. both cant be installed in mint 15 message occurs with HV missing data and CV version impossible to install package.

    so it aint working at all

  3. Ubuntu studio 13.10 – it works… I ‘ve read carefully how to’s to install an it works well. (CV version). I’ll do some tests soon. Best regards!

  4. after tring..

    nstall Latest Cinelerra-CV:

    sudo apt-get install cinelerra-cv

    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    cinelerra-cv is already the newest version.
    The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
    libasn1-8-heimdal:i386 libcapi20-3:i386 libexif12:i386 libgd3:i386
    libgif4:i386 libglu1-mesa:i386 libgphoto2-6:i386 libgphoto2-port10:i386
    libgssapi3-heimdal:i386 libhcrypto4-heimdal:i386 libheimbase1-heimdal:i386
    libheimntlm0-heimdal:i386 libhx509-5-heimdal:i386 libieee1284-3:i386
    libkrb5-26-heimdal:i386 libldap-2.4-2:i386 libltdl7:i386 libmpg123-0:i386
    libp11-kit-gnome-keyring:i386 libroken18-heimdal:i386 libsane:i386
    libsasl2-2:i386 libsasl2-modules:i386 libsasl2-modules-db:i386
    libusb-1.0-0:i386 libv4l-0:i386 libv4lconvert0:i386 libvpx1:i386
    libwind0-heimdal:i386 libxcomposite1:i386 libxcursor1:i386 libxinerama1:i386
    libxpm4:i386 libxrandr2:i386 wine-gecko1.4:i386
    Use ‘apt-get autoremove’ to remove them.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 18 not upgraded.

    what to do?

  5. I am running Ubuntu 14.04 (I know, not listed here.)

    I ran the steps for Community installation. No misspellings, all steps seemed to work.

    When I tried to run cinelerra I got:

    cinelerra: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    Is it Ubuntu 14.04? If so, how can I uninstall cinelerra?

    Thank you.

    1. Try to fix the issue via command in terminal:

      sudo apt-get install libdv4 libdv4:i386

      If the problem still exists, uninstall it via:

      sudo apt-get remove cinelerra-cv
      1. Thank you for your prompt assistance. I tried your tip. It returned something like libdv was already the most current. I still received the same error when I tried to run cinelerra, so I uninstalled it as you indicated. That worked, at least. :-)

  6. followed the HV version instructions,

    one amendment needed to your instructions:

    before you run “sudo dpkg -i cinelerra_4.4-*.deb”, need to run: “sudo dpkg -i cinelerra-data_4.4-dmo1_all.deb” otherwise you get a dependancy error.

    also, lock to launcher on first run doesnt work, it still disappears from launcher when you exit via cinelerra program, so you have to run in terminal every time.

    program itself seems to work fine so far, thanks :)

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