Kdenlive Video Editor Receives Major Update And Improved Stability


One of the most popular open-source video editors right now is Kdenlive. Its latest update arrived late last week and it did not disappoint its fans at all.

The commonly used three-point editing method heavily used by digital videographers (and has a reputation for being confusing) is a new feature in Kdenlive 16.08.0. Apparently, 3-point editing speeds up inserts or replacing a timeline/clip section with a specific clip in practice. As the definition in Webopedia explains:

“Three-point editing allows you to insert a clip from the source media into a destination track, which is done by setting three edit points:

The first two set points define the in and out points of the clip (or the in and out points in the timeline that the clip will fit into).

The third point indicates either the In or Out point for the clip (if the other tow points are in the timeline), or the in and out points in the timeline (if the other two points are in the clip).”

Making 3-point editing possible in Kdenlive is a fully-functioning ‘insert mode’. This feature lets you drag and drop clips onto the timeline and have existing clips automatically move to make room for it.

Another highlight of the update is support for effect rendering in the timeline.
This will be specifically useful if you make a video with a handful of effects and transitions that you would want to be played back in real time. Kdenlive, therefore, lets you pre-render parts of the timeline to accomplish the aforementioned task which is important for spotting those slightly mistimed transitions to cuts.

Kdenlive 16.08.0 features 370 bug fixes and code commits with regards to crashes, bugs and other various improvements to the DVD wizard, title tool, and audio mixing.

Other notable changes include:

  • A Windows port of Kdenlive is underway, and a MacPorts team is working hard to get the app up and running on macOS.
  • Copy & paste sequences between different projects
  • Control width of the track header (drag the right border left or right)
  • Cached Data Manager
  • New timeline icons
  • New app logo
  • Switch compositing preview from toolbar (high quality, preview, none)
  • Startup wizard only appears when config problem detected

Installing The Latest Kdenlive on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
If you’re running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS install Kdenlive 16.08.0 via the project’s official stable release PPA and then launch it from your app menu:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kdenlive/kdenlive-stable
sudo apt update && sudo apt install kdenlive

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