Open Movie Editor – a simple non-linear video editor

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Open Movie Editor is a free and open source video editing program, designed for basic movie making capabilities. It aims do be powerful enough for the amateur movie artist, yet easy to use.

Install Open Movie Editor in Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install openmovieeditor

Using Open Movie Editor

If you want to open go to Applications--->Sound & Video--->Open Movie Editor

Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen


If you want some more screen shots howto use Open Movie Editor from here

Copy Video Tapes from the Camcorder

If you own a DV Camcorder, and you want to transfer your recorded tapes to the computer, the recommended tool to use is dvgrab.This is command line tool.

Install dvgrab in ubuntu

sudo apt-get install dvgrab

Using dvgrab

This is simple example how to use dvgrab from command line

dvgrab --autosplit --format dv2 --size 0 --opendml my_videofile-

The autosplit option splits your video into a new file whenever a scene change happens. This is, whenever you paused or switched off your camera when recording your tape. This is convenient, because it organizes your file such that each file represents one continuous recording.

The format dv2 option selects the avi dv2 file format for your recordings, which is not only compatible with the Open Movie Editor, but also with a number of other Video Editing Applications that run on Windows.

The opendml option is necessary for video files to have sizes larger than 1 GigaByte. A word of warning though, while files larger than 2 GigaBytes work well under normal Linux Installations, it can be impossible to copy such large files to harddisks that were formatted for compatibility with older Windows Versions (FAT Filesystems). Unfortunately external USB Harddisks are often formatted like this, so be aware.

The option size is set to zero, which makes the dvgrab software disable the default file size limit of 1 GigaByte. This is necessary, because DV Video Files may become rather large, and having them split into plenty of small files is not very convenient. Read the previous Paragraph to understand why the Splitting is enabled by default, it is for compatibility with certain Harddisks.

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8 Responses

  1. Jason says:

    Sweet! I have been trying to find a video editor for Ubuntu that actually works for a long time! I’ll definitely give this a try!

  2. john.doe says:

    Any experiences how this app compares to avidemux? It’s been around for a while.

  3. leodp says:

    kdenlive is also quite handy and powerful.
    Version 0.7.3 can be installed on jaunty easily.


  4. Peter Knight says:

    Hi, I have gone from ubuntu 8.04 to 9.04 (a fresh installation). Qdvdauthor worked fine in 8.04 but wont in 9.04 so I have looked for other methods.
    I tried dvd-slideshow but it hangs without any error messages. (Note it did not crash only hung but system monitor showed it sleeping)
    Next I tried Open Movie Editor which looks very nice. I could drag in a jpg and a wav and adjust timings and play. Project Render only offers Quicktime DV and when selected Open Movie Editor crashes. It wont import mp3 but Qdvdauthor will import mp3. Any ideas?

  5. Dobo says:

    @ Peter Knight.

    I came across this while looking to do something similar.
    ffmpeg -loop_input -t 1710 -i your.jpg -i your.mp3 -y -f flv -r 1 video.flv

    ffmpeg should be on your system by default.If not, just apt-get it.
    Hope this helps.

  6. Peter Knight says:

    Hi Dobo,
    I tried that :-

    peter@peter-desktop:~$ ffmpeg -loop_input -t 1710 -i DrawMeClose.jpg -i DrawMeClose.wav -y -f flv -r 1 DrawMeClose.flv
    FFmpeg version 0.5-svn17737+3:0.svn20090303-1ubuntu6, Copyright (c) 2000-2009 Fabrice Bellard, et al.
    configuration: –enable-gpl –enable-postproc –enable-swscale –enable-x11grab –extra-version=svn17737+3:0.svn20090303-1ubuntu6 –prefix=/usr –enable-avfilter –enable-avfilter-lavf –enable-libgsm –enable-libschroedinger –enable-libspeex –enable-libtheora –enable-libvorbis –enable-pthreads –disable-stripping –disable-vhook –enable-libdc1394 –disable-armv5te –disable-armv6 –disable-armv6t2 –disable-armvfp –disable-neon –disable-altivec –disable-vis –enable-shared –disable-static
    libavutil 49.15. 0 / 49.15. 0
    libavcodec 52.20. 0 / 52.20. 0
    libavformat 52.31. 0 / 52.31. 0
    libavdevice 52. 1. 0 / 52. 1. 0
    libavfilter 0. 4. 0 / 0. 4. 0
    libswscale 0. 7. 1 / 0. 7. 1
    libpostproc 51. 2. 0 / 51. 2. 0
    built on Apr 10 2009 23:18:41, gcc: 4.3.3
    [image2 @ 0x8685ac0]Could not find codec parameters (Video: mjpeg)
    DrawMeClose.jpg: could not find codec parameters

    According to synaptic I have mjpeg codec

  7. Peter Knight says:

    Sorry, the above does work if you are in the correct folder. If not you get a misleading error from FFmpeg (Could not find codec parameters (Video: mjpeg)

    ffmpeg -loop_input -t time_in_seconds -i “/home/peter/temp/image.jpg” -i “/home/peter/temp/audio.mp3” -y -f vob -r 25 -target dvd “/home/peter/temp/video.VOB

    does exactly what I want. That is audio with on screen lyrics.

    Thanks Dobo

  8. Rene says:

    How can install the software from the hard disk? I have,in download carpet

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