LiVES Video Editor 2.8.6 Released! How to Install it via PPA

LiVES video editing system and VJ tool has reached the 2.8.6 release earlier today with performance improvements and various bug-fixes.

LiVES 2.8.6 changelog:

  • Remove dependency on (deprecated) GLee.
  • Show audio as volume levels in Clip Editor.
  • Performance improvements for multitrack playback.
  • Ensure that timeline track backgrounds are painted in multitrack (regression).
  • Properly expand text width in the message info window.
  • Improve zoom in multitrack (zooms around cursor rather than screen center).
  • Prevent annyoing focus stealing when mt is backed up in the background.
  • Fix broken audio fade in/out (regression).
  • Fix external window capture (regression).
  • Fix crash in palette conversions.
  • Fix compilation issues with liblives scripting engine.
  • Fix for keys being in multitrack fullscreen preview.
  • Code reformatting and tidying (W.I.P)

How to Install LiVES 2.8.6 via PPA in Ubuntu:

An unofficial PPA has made the packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, and derivatives.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/lives

2. Then upgrade LiVES via Software Updater if you have a previous release installed:

Or run commands to do update and install LiVES video editor:

sudo apt update 

sudo apt install lives lives-plugins


To restore LiVES to the stock version in your Ubuntu main repository, run command to purge the PPA:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/lives

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