Free Open Source Video Editor for Linux

by on January 30, 2009
in Linux

pictureAcidemux is a free open source multi-format, cross-platform video editor for Ubuntu Linux,  specially designed for simply cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs.

This program is written and available for almost all distributions of Linux that are capable of compiling C/C++, GTK+ and the SpiderMonkey ECMAScript scripting engine.

It supports OGM, MP4 and Matroska files natively, direct read input for various types of MPEG files, and many other video formats and containers. It offers MPEG editing and requantization. It also has built-in subtitle handling.


The functionality may be a little difficult for the newbies but once you get use to the applciation, you will find tens of possibilities and figure what more you can do with it. Its probably one of the best tools for editing videos in Linux. It has lots of options for tweaking and the best part is not only that its free but it produces high quality output files.

Key features of Acidemux include

  • User Friendly interface
  • WYSIWYG cutting, appending, filters and re-encoding into various formats
  • mux and demux audio streams into and out of video files

Supported file formats : Avi, OpenDML, ASF, flash video, bmp, jpeg, png, Matroska, MPEG PS, OGM, Mp4, 3Gpp and Nuppel Video.

Supported Video formats includes Cinepak, DV, FFV1, H.263, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, HuffYUV, Mpeg-1, Mpeg-2, Mjpegm MSMSPEG-4, Raw RGB, SVq3, VP3, VP6F and WMV2.

Last but not the least, audio formats cover AAC, AC3, AMR, Mp3, Mp2, Vorbis, WAV and WMA.

For linux users, this is a very useful software. While it is often touted as a Virtualdub clone for linux but it does have some features that differ.

The current stable version of Avidemux is 2.4.3. Compared to the 2.3 and earlier versions, Avidemux 2.4 offers 3 user interfaces: GTK+, shell and Qt 4.

Download Avidemux 2.4.3

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