Archives For November 30, 1999

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


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

PPA Updates For LiVEs Video Editor 2.2.7

Last updated: December 22, 2014


The open-source video editor and VJ tool LiVEs 2.2.7 has been released recently. PPA’s ready for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Linux Mint 17, and derivatives.

What is LiVEs?

LiVES is a Video Editing System. It is designed to be simple to use, yet powerful. It is small in size, yet it has many advanced features.

LiVES mixes realtime video performance and non-linear editing in one professional quality application. It will let you start editing and making video right away, without having to worry about formats, frame sizes, or framerates. It is a very flexible tool which is used by both professional VJ’s and video editors – mix and switch clips from the keyboard, use dozens of realtime effects, trim and edit your clips in the clip editor, and bring them together using the multitrack timeline. You can even record your performance in real time, and then edit it further or render it straight away.

LiVEs 2.2.7 in Ubuntu 14.04

For the more technically minded, the application is frame and sample accurate, and it can be controlled remotely or scripted for use as a video server. And it supports all of the latest free standards.

For features, documentation and other details, see LiVEs web site.

Changes in LiVEs 2.2.7:
  • Add support for audio triggered generators.
  • Add support for projectM (milkdrop) generators.
  • Improvements to openGL playback plugin.
  • Add permanent inputs in jack and pulse audio when handling external audio.
  • Fix bug in chroma_blend transition.
  • Further code cleanup.
  • Fix text width for “show VJ keys” window.
  • Remove unnecessary deinterlacing from threaded player.
  • Added OSC commands /clip/selection/rte_apply, /clip/undo and /clip/redo.
  • Add libvisual plugins to correct submenu (regression).
  • Minor fixes for the rfx builder window.
  • Minor fixes for merge in clip editor.

Install/Upgrade to LiVEs 2.2.7 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 12.04 users, run below commands one by one to install or upgrade to LiVEs 2.2.7.

1. Open terminal from the Dash or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run the command below to add the PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/lives

Type in user password when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

Add LiVEs ppa

2. If you have a previous version installed, upgrade the editor using “Software Updater” or “Synaptic Package Manager” after checking for updates.

Or you can run below commands one by one to update packages cache and install LiVEs:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install lives

That’s it. Enjoy!

LiVES, an open source video editor and DJ tool, has released version 2.2.3 with bug fixes and translation updates.

LiVES is designed to be simple to use, yet powerful. It is small in size, yet it has many advanced features.

The application allows the user to manipulate video in realtime and in non-realtime. The application also has features which go beyond traditional video editing applications – for example, it can be controlled and monitored remotely over a network, and it has facilities for streaming to and from another copy of LiVES. It is resolution and frame rate independent.

LiVES uses a system of plugins for effects, decoders, encoders and video playback. The APIs for these are now well defined, and the application can be easily extended.

LiVES video editor 2.2.3

LiVES 2.2.3 changelog:

  • Run data processing plugins in both video and audio threads.
  • Fix crash when loading device map (regression).
  • Fix bug which prevented audio changes from being recorded when audio analysers are running.
  • Updates for gtk+ >= 3.8.
  • Define HAVE_AVFORMAT_FIND_STREAM_INFO in decplugin/
  • Workaround for missing av_set_pts_info() in libav.
  • Fix to handle changed option order in ffmpeg.
  • Updated translations to Russian, Piemontese, Uk English, Spanish and Ukranian.

Install LiVES in Ubuntu:

Besides building from the source tarball. Ubuntu users can install this video editing system from PPA. To do so, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. Then run the commands below one by one:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/lives

sudo apt-get update 

sudo apt-get install lives

Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10 and Ubuntu 12.04 are supported.

LiVES Video Editor Homepage.