LiVES Video Editor 3.2.0 Released with Tons of New Features [PPA]

Last updated: November 10, 2020

LiVES, a free and open-source video editor and VJ tool, released new major version 3.2.0 with new features, performance and resource usage improvements, and tons of other changes.

Changes LiVES 3.2.0 include:

  • Initial startup has been rewritten.
  • Updated GTK+ support to 3.24.
  • A total rewrite of buttons, a new font chooser.
  • Specify configuration directory from commandline.
  • Implemented a thread pool with generic worker threads.
  • Introduced the idea of lives_proc_threads.
  • optimised memory handling in some specific cases.
  • Disk space quota can be set for the application.
  • Implemented auto gamma correction.
  • Implemented threading for swscale.
  • Added a predictive caching mechanism to the player.
  • Fixed several screen / window sizing issues.
  • The renderer now uses a separate thread for saving frames to disk, making rendering much faster.
  • New intelligent “auto-layout” mode to improve the appearance of all parameter windows.
  • Visual tweaks for Preferences window.
  • Fixed mkv_decoder so it can decode webm clips.
  • ctrl-alt-space now performs loop locking in clip editor (trickplay).
  • Add keys a / A (audio track lock / unlock) for clip editor playback.
  • Added two more keyboard effect keys (ctrl-minus and ctrl-equals).
  • Audio can now be normalised after rendering.
  • Added “audio bleedthru” mode in multitrack.
  • Individual clip volume levels can now be adjusted during playback (temporary) and non-playback (permanent).
  • Added a new “normalize audio” function.
  • Add more preferences to the prefs window.
  • Frame number now defaults to pointer position when opening the seperate window.
  • Seperate window in multitrack can now appear undecorated.
  • Improved appearance for ‘fireTV’ effect.
  • Add menu options jump to next mark / jump to previous mark in multitrack.

How to Install LiVES 3.2.0 in Ubuntu:

For the source code go to:

The unofficial PPA contains the packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Linux Mint 20.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or from application menu. When it opens, run command to add the unofficial PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/lives

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

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


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.


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One response to LiVES Video Editor 3.2.0 Released with Tons of New Features [PPA]

  1. Avidemux has been my go to video editor, but this looks good, I will give it a try.