GUI Screenshot of Kdenlive

Kdenlive is a free open-source video editor for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD, which supports DV, AVCHD and HDV editing. You can check our user's camcorder database to see a list of supported camcorders.

Kdenlive relies on several other open source projects, such as FFmpeg, the MLT video framework and Frei0r effects.

Our software was designed to answer all needs, from basic video editing to semi-professionnal work.

The project is Free Software. Do not hesitate to join our community of developers, translators or enthusiast users. For more information, read the following information.

Mix video, audio and images to unleash your creativity

Modern filmakers need to mix different kinds of media, including video, audio and images. Kdenlive is built upon MLT and ffmpeg frameworks, which provide unique features to mix virtually any kind of media.

  • Mix different media without prior import:
    1. Any Video, audio or image files supported by Kdenlive.
    2. Custom profiles including resolutions, frame rates, PAR and DAR.
  • Support for a wide range of codecs and formats, among which:
    1. Free formats (Matroska/Ogg container, VP9/Theora video, Vorbis/Opus audio...).
    2. MPEG formats (MOV/TS container, H265/H264/MPEG2 video, MP3/AC3/AAC audio...).
    3. Lossless formats (Snow/FFV1 video, FLAC/Wav audio...).

Powerful features

Kdenlive is the most versatile video editor available today:

  • Support for a wide range of camcorders and cameras, including:
    1. Low resolution camcorder (Raw and AVI DV editing).
    2. Mpeg2, mpeg4 and h264 AVCHD (small cameras and camcorders).
    3. High resolution camcorder files, including HDV and AVCHD camcorders.
    4. Professional camcorders, including XDCAM-HD™ streams, IMX™ (D10) streams, DVCAM (D10) , DVCAM, DVCPRO™, DVCPRO50™ streams and DNxHD™ streams (decoding only, encoding untested). Please note that Kdenlive does not offer the original codecs, but only that we use FFmpeg free software codecs, which can read original streams and sometimes export as well. When you own a camcorder, there is no reason why you should not be able to read your own films.
  • Multitrack edition with a timeline and unlimited number of video and audio tracks.
  • Video and audio tracks organized in layers.
  • Tools to create, move, crop and delete video clips, audio clips, text clips and image clips.
  • Configurable keyboard shortcuts and interface layouts.
  • A wide range of effects and transitions. Ability to add custom effects and transitions.
  • Non-blocking rendering using a rendering separate application. Stop, pause and restart rendering. Continue to work on your project without any possible loss of data.
  • Export to standard formats:
    1. DV (PAL and NTSC).
    2. Mpeg2 (PAL, NTSC and HDV) and AVCHD (HDV).
    3. High quality h264.
    4. Non-destructive formats.