PPA for LiVES Video Editor/VJ Tool 2.4.0 [Howto-install]

Last updated: May 5, 2015


LiVES, an open-source video editor and VJ tool, has reached the 2.4.0 release recently with some crash and stability fixes.

LiVES is a Video Editing system allowing both novice and advanced users to edit and create video straight away. It can also be used as a VJ tool, and can be scripted and controlled remotely.

While the default Ubuntu repositories provide an old version of this software. The latest 2.4.0 was released with below fixes:

  • Implement workaround for expose event problems in gtk+ 3.10.
  • Fix threading crash in multitrack.
  • Fix invalid saving of layouts in multitrack.
  • Fix sizes of scrolled windows inside dialog boxes (regression).
  • Fix timeline start position for gtkgrid widget in multitrack.
  • Fix “fade background mode” (b) so it looks nice again.
  • Stability fix for expose event during startup.
  • Stability fix for mkv_decoder with broken end frames.
  • Implement C++ language bindings (liblives).
  • Fixes for several smaller issues (Thomas Berger).
  • Code cleanup / reformat.
  • Updated translations to UK English, French, Galician, German, Russian and Simplified Chinese.

Install or Upgrade LiVES in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Linux Mint 17, Elementary OS Freya, follow below steps to install/upgrade the software:

1. Add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/lives

2. Launch Software Updater (or Software Updater), after checking for updates you should be able to upgrade the app if you have an previous version installed.

If you don’t have an previous version on your system, install it directly from Ubuntu Software Center (after checking for updates via Software Updater).

Or you can run below commands one by one in terminal to install or upgrade LiVES:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install lives


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