I use Kdenlive for all my videos, and people tend to underestimate what this editor can do. Since I now master a few of its tips and tricks, although I'm by no means an expert, I think it's time to give back, so here are a few video tutorials to help you use Kdenlive. In this first part, we'll see how to setup a new project, and change project defaults.
What I use to make my videos:
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Kdenlive's interface is highly modulable: as in most KDE apps, you can re-arrange any panel or box to use the space you want. Let's see what we get:
- The menu bar, where you'll get every option available in Kdenlive.
- The clip bin: this panel hosts every clip, image, audio file, title or anything else you might want to add to your project. You can add any type of file just with a simple drag and drop, or use the menu to add files. Clips here can be organized in folders, by clicking on the "New Folder" icon, and dragging the desired clips inside your folder.
- The Properties pane: this is empty for now, but it will host any effect you'll add to the selected clip, whether it's in the bin or the timeline, the effects you've applied to a whole track, or the properties of a transition you've added in the timeline.
- The Effects / Transitions panel: This is where you'll find any audio or video effect that you can add to the selected clip or track. You'll notice a tab at the bottom named "transitions", where you'll find the... transitions you can apply to move from one video clip to another.
- The Monitor: this is where you can preview your video, as it will look like when it's rendered. You'll notice two tabs at the bottom: the first one is the clip monitor, which lets you preview the selected clip, and the Project Monitor, which lets you preview the entire project.
Finally, on the bottom of the screen, you have the timeline, where you'll drag your video and audio files, add your transitions, and generally manage how your video will play out.
The general workflow
Kdenlive's workflow is simple. First, you create a new project and select the settings you'll use. Second, you add your clips, video, audio, or images, to the clip bin. Third, you drag these clips to the timeline, in the general order you want to play them, adding transitions and effects as you go, all while monitoring what the final video will look like in the Project Monitor. Fourth, you render the video, selecting the video format and quality.
Adapting the interface to your needs
Kdenlive's interface can be totally reshaped to look like anything you need. To move the different panes, you can click the view menu, and select "show titles" . From there, you can drag any panel where you want it to go. You can overlay two or more panels to create tabs for each of them in the same space, or simply remove a panel if you don't need it. You can also resize any panel, or the timeline itself to use the desired space.
If you deleted any of the panels, and want to show it again, just go to the "View" menu, and tick the panel you want.
Basically, what you'll want to keep in view is the clip bin, from where your sources are, the properties panel, which you'll need to be able to add effects and transitions, and the monitor, to preview your video. Ideally, the monitor should have plenty of space, so you can pay attention to details. The effects and transitions panels are pretty important too. I generally remove the clip monitor only, since most of the time, I recorded and named each clip I use, so I know what's in it.
Once you've set your interface up, I recommend saving that layout, in the "View" menu, to make sure you can get back to it if needed. You can create multiple layouts an switch from one to another at will, so you could create one for when you edit the video, and one for when you preview and do the smaller edits or details.
For each video you want to make, you'll have to create a project. This is simple: just click "File - New Project". You'll get a settings window to select which profile you want to use, including the resolution, the framerate, the folder where you want to store the project.
Kdenlive's project create a structure for files and folders. Where you've created your project, you'll get a few folders.
This way, all the folders created by Kdenlive are located in the same directory as the rest of the stuff related to the project.
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Great video. Can you please explain render quality options and export settings in a next video. Kdenlive has advanced rendering settings i do not understand. (Quality 15, 30, 45..., enable gpu acceleration,...) What are the best settings for exporting for Youtube/Web?
One of the best Linux video editors for Pro's to Users has to be Davinci Resolve.... Two options.... free and paid..... and the free one has everything you could possibly need from a modern editor....... It's my go to editor now.....
@The Linux Experiment Thats such a shame.... I hope you manage to install it or they change the installer for you... I really am very impressed by the software. Just to help others I use Fedora 29 Gnome and it installs cleanly with no issue..... Love the channel by the way... you got me testing deepin de the other day..... now looking forward to Fedora 30 as they are going to include it as an optional DE :)
It looks pretty nice, but it seems that they hit a snag in the distros development, they are back in track, but they have a lot of work to catch up on Budgie and the distro itself. Flatpaks are, apart from some minor issues, a good solution for apps they depend on tons of libraries.
Awesome make all kdemlive as this video
What is elementary is system requirement
Is that works on core i3 6100u and 4gb ram
And amd Radeon r5 m430 2gb
I couldn't get driver for this graphics card on linux
You can also put parts like the project monitor onto diffrent screens. Altough there will only be there, if kdenlive is highlighted. you can do that by simply moving them. I grab them at the tab bar and of they go. It's awesome: more space for effects and bigger preview
I'm not a big Linux user (I have a Linux Mint laptop for the basics) but I always look forward to seeing your videos, could listen to you all day long. Your presentation style is excellent, very organised and easy to understand. Thank you for doing what you do and good luck for making your channel bigger in the future 👍👍👍
@The Linux Experiment Thanks! The speed change I used in ffmpeg was less than 0.1%, but still becomes noticable after more than an hour playing. If i am right, the speed effect only allows with steps of 1%... The next thing I will try is to import the audio with the same sampling frequency as the audio recorded with the video. Maybe that helps :)
Might be that the speed was a bit higher / lower, which was not noticeable at the start but got audible at the end. Maybe try to use the speed effect on the track directly on Kdenlive ? This way you can preview it directly in the editor ?
@The Linux Experiment I am trying to sync video and audio of a piano concert. The audio and video were recorded on separate devices. I changed the audio speed with ffmpeg and in kdenlive it seemed almost perfect, but after rendering the audio was not entirely in sync at the end of the video (beginning was ok). Any experience with audio/video merging that could help me? :)
Very useful video. It encourages me to start doing video edition in linux. I always have think that the interface of these programs were difficult to understand but you explained all very well. I hope you continue with these editing tutorials. Thank you ;-)
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