VirtualDub and other video editing software (Linux)


I was using VirtualDub. It is the best (for me). I can simply mark the part of the video that I want to remove, or copy, or move, or duplicate. Moreover, with the plugins, I can also add the subtitles, overlay, and other effects on the video. Though there are less wonderful 3D effects like other software, it is very easy and good to use. There are some limitations, such as it can only load the AVI files. However, codecs of the video is based on what we have installed on the Windows. Thus, we can encode to the smaller size AVI with the codec such as Xvid. There is modified version, VirtualDubMod, yet I still prefer VirtualDub. Another problem is that VirtualDub is only available on Windows. Though, we can use Wine to run VirtualDub smoothly. However, we needs to install the codecs that we need to Wine, so that VirtualDub is able to use the codecs. Because I am using Linux, so I am looking an alternative that can work like VirtualDub. I tried some software. The followings are my little comments on the tested software.

Blender (Video Sequence Editor)

It can open almost any video file. Good interface. The concept of marking the start frame and end frame is different from VirtualDub. It is actually cut (split) the video. So that, we can select the segment to move or duplicate the segment.

Avidemux

It has a problem to view the video during editing, because of frame problem, as a result cannot mark the frame easily.

Pitivi

It has the problem to create marks like VirtualDub. But the concept is similar to Blender, that is “cut”. However, we cannot “duplicate” the segment. We need to add another (temporary) track with the same video and split it and move to the target track. Then the temporary track can be removed.

Kdenlive

It cannot copy the selection and paste. Copy and paste work on the whole video clip. It is difficult to cut the track like Blender, because it is using the razor tool (cutter?). That means we need to use the mouse to “cut” it precisely.

OpenShot

The marker does not work as start and end. It is using the razor tool like Kdenlive. It works similar to Kdenlive.

Kino

Too bad. It has limited video size.

Cinelerra

It can copy and cut easily. But it cannot load most of the files produced by FFmpeg (may be the problem of the way I encode with FFmpeg). As a result, almost nothing works. As a conclusion, I personally prefer Blender and Pitivi. Though a lot of people mentioned Avidemux, it does not work like what I expected.

Shotcut (added 2015-06-09)

Recently I found this video editor. I used it for resizing the video file. It works fine. Should take a try.

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4 thoughts on “VirtualDub and other video editing software (Linux)

  1. Hello. Great review, good summary and good conclusions. You have a good eye and are one in a million out there. Thanks. One tiny input on the video thing, if I might. I used to feel exactly like you about Cinelerra. It used to drive me nuts. I dug into it further and found the trick for my flawless inputs, outputs and performance by trial and error. I now use the big-C almost exclusively, even for 1080p–though I use Open Shot for some easier editing and target destination transcoding. OS is great for that. (Like you, I must be able to edit with the classic clip IN and OUT then insert.) Most of the other Linux offerings I find non-intuitive, incomplete or kludgey.

    The secret of Cinelerra is that, like most Unix derivatives including the MAC, it loves uncompressed MPEG4 with MPEG4 Audio of the 48K AAC or AC3 variety. In the .mov container. The spec options are easy to find in Open Shot. It is finicky with most other containers and MP3 and some other formats, mostly audio, send it to neverland. As I am sure you know, uncompressed video is best for editing anyhow. I use WINFF with command lines I found online to convert (in labor-less minutes) any video I want to do a good job on. Then it is effortless to open, edit and render. It screams! Might give it a try. Simply wonderful. If you’d like the command line I use in WINFF and discovered by accident, let me know. Or use Open Shot to convert to an uncompressed .mov Hope you get this OK. Not sure if doing right. Sorry for the length of this. Thought you might want to know that Cinelerra can be great with one minor rule. Greg

    1. Thanks. I never know about WinFF. Yup. I know the uncompressed video is the best for editing. But its video size are extremely big, imagine that all the frames are extracted into the pictures.
      Personally I found that there is none can compete with VirtualDub.

  2. In fact, Kdenlive has the ability to easily select the in and out points for the video segment. When you select a clip in the media tree, automatically the preview window change to the clip monitor; then you can select the in and out points and simply drag and drop in the timeline.
    Unfortunately, I’ve found a lot of bugs and crashes in Kdenlive, so I don’t use it anymore, even though I think that is the video editor for linux that best combines ease of use and power.
    After a lot of experiments, I’ve found a good workflow for professional video editing, using VLC (or any good video player) for preview the footage, Handbrake for cut the selected clips, Inkscape for titles and Blender VSE for the final edition.
    In other times I have worked with Vegas and Premiere, and I dare says that this “combo” (Blender + Handbrake + Inkscape) is at least as good as these software. The only handicap is that Blender is very anoying for the beginner, and don’t have an internal subtitle tool.

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