Howto install Cinelerra in ubuntu gutsy gibbon

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Cinelerra is a free and open source software non-linear video editing system for the Linux operating system. (However, it has also been successfully ported to Mac OS X.) It is produced by Heroine Virtual, and is distributed under the GNU General Public License. Cinelerra also includes a video compositing engine, allowing the user to perform common compositing operations such as keying and mattes.

Install Cinelerra in Ubuntu Gutsy

First you need to edit the sources.list file using the following command

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

and enter the following lines

For 32 bit users

deb ./
deb-src ./

For 64 bit users

deb ./

Save and exit the file.

Now you need to update the source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install Cinelerra using the following command

sudo aptitude install cinelerra

This will complete the installation

Now open terminal and type

sudo gedit /etc/sysctl.conf

And add this line to the bottom of the file this adds the extra memory for Cinelerra to run properly


Now save and close and run this command (instead of rebooting):

sudo sysctl -p

Using Cinelerra

If you want to open go to Applications--->Sound & Video--->Cinelerra

Cinelerra is loading

Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen

Cinelerra Screenshot

Common Problem

When you try to launch Cinelerra you have to fix this error:

"cinelerra: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory"


sudo ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/

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20 Responses

  1. tubuntu says:

    sudo sysctl -p
    kernel.printk = 4 4 1 7
    kernel.maps_protect = 1

    error: “Invalid argument” setting key “kernel.shmmax”

    what wrong?

  2. talen says:

    Try inserting this line in /etc/sysctl.conf, in place of the one given in the article:

    kernel.shmmax = 2147483647

    It’s the same thing, actually .. only, the number has been converted from Hex to Dec 😉

  3. Jason says:

    I’m sure everyone can figure this out on their own, but just in case someone is having problems who is new, it’s actually sudo aptitude install cinelerra instead of Cinelerra.

  4. admin says:

    thanks jason.I have updated the article

  5. JohnC says:

    Still no joy on this.

    I’ve done the shmmax thing & the sudo ln -s thing but now I have a core dump, so…
    john@JC-PC3:~$ cinelerra
    Cinelerra 2.1CV (C) 2006 Heroine Virtual Ltd.
    Compiled on vie feb 8 22:19:48 CET 2008

    Cinelerra is free software, covered by the GNU General Public License,
    and you are welcome to change it and/or distribute copies of it under
    certain conditions. There is absolutely no warranty for Cinelerra.

    Illegal instruction (core dumped) ****!!!

    System is Kubuntu 7.10 on an Athlon XP 2200
    Linux 2.6.22-14-generic #1 SMP Tue Feb 12 07:42:25 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux

    A fix, or any clues, gratefully reveived !



  6. David D says:

    Got it installed and working, but will not read MOV quicktime movies captured with my camera…any help?

  7. David D says:

    Error reading MOV file is:

    virtual int FileMOV::read_frame(VFrame*): quicktime_read_frame/quicktime_decode_video failed, result:

  8. Eric B says:

    I had the same problem as JohnC with core dumps.

    According to

    the version of Cinelerra from deb ./ does not work with AMD systems. You need to uninstall and add the following repository and install from that instead:

    deb akirad-gutsy main

  9. Stupac says:

    I can’t seem to get cinelerra installed, here’s what I get:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    cinelerra: Depends: libopenexr2c2a (>= 1.2.2) but it is not installable
    E: Broken packages

    Can’t seem to install libopenexr2c2a as it is replaced by libopenexr2ldbl which will break other important packages if uninstalled. Any ideas?

  10. marcosx says:

    trying to open .MOV files i get

    virtual int FileMOV::read_frame(VFrame*): quicktime_read_frame/quicktime_decode_video failed

    all files open fine and are usable and editable in kdenlive.

    tried both cinelerrasv and cinelerracv from the akirad site.

    have fast dual processors tons of ram and kdenlive works great

    why won’t cinelerra open my .mov files

  11. marcosx says:

    by the way it is cinelerra 2.1 and jaunty

  12. danm says:

    I got this error:
    void MWindow::init_shm0:WARNING:/proc/sys/kernel/shmmax is 0x2000000, which is too low.
    Before running Cinelerra do the following as root:
    echo “0x7fffffff”./proc/sys/kernel/shmmax

    Do somebody knows about it? Please help. Thanks
    I did the >>>>>>>

    “Now open terminal and type
    sudo gedit /etc/sysctl.conf
    And add this line to the bottom of the file this adds the extra memory for Cinelerra to run properly
    Now save and close and run this command (instead of rebooting):
    sudo sysctl -p”

  13. andy says:

    error: “Invalid argument” setting key “kernel.shmmax”

    PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. ketu says:

    the problem is with the x in: kernel/shmmax=0×7fffffff

    the correct value is: kernel/shmmax=0x7fffffff

  15. Alexds says:

    Could you tell me why I get this error every time i run the project inside Cinelerra on ubuntu 10.04?
    virtual int FileMOV::read_frame(VFrame*):quicktime_read_frame/quicktime_decode_video failed, result:

    and any video runs slow and i can’t hear the sound. in ubuntu 9.04 worked fine 😐

    Please send a feedback.Thanks

  16. Pierre says:

    Same problem as Alexds here: video runs slow (1/10th) and no sound.

    Ubuntu 10.10, 64 bits
    Cinerella 4.2-01

    shmmax problem corrected as explained here.

  17. I get the same error as many others:

    virtual int FileMOV::read_frame(VFrame*):quicktime_read_frame/quicktime_decode_video failed

    on ubuntu 10.10

  18. Amire says:

    I find the solution here :

    I wish that help you

  19. Arise says:

    I have wasted hours in searching installation instructions for Cinelerra. I have also downloaded the latest version from Cinelerra website, but that too failed to work.Also the instructions in most of the website found not suitable for my Ubutu version.Atlast the following instruction in a website found working for my Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid. They claim it will work for the following also.
    Ubuntu Maverick 10.10 , Lucid 10.04, Karmic 9.10:
    Here are the instruction.
    Open a terminal by typing trl+ Alt+ T then paste the following commends one by one. Wait for each instruction to execute.
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cinelerra-ppa/ppa
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install cinelerra
    for details see the website:

  20. Arise says:

    If that dosent work try adding ppa by issuing the following command in a command line by pressing Crrl+Alt+T
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwibber-daily/ppa
    it will fetch the ppa, then issue the command
    sudo apt-get update

    now try the following commands
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cinelerra-ppa/ppa
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install cinelerra

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