Top 5 Linux Video Editing Alternatives to Adobe Premiere Pro


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In this video we explore some of the options you have available to you for Linux based video editing software. Here at Motion Array we love Premiere Pro, but we recognize that it’s not designed to work on Linux. So today we take a look at our 5 top picks for Linux safe video editing software. And this is our personal list of recommendations:

0:00 – Intro
1:29 – DaVinci Resolve
4:32 – Lightworks
6:36 – Blender
9:24 – Shotcut
10:56 – Kdenlive
12:28 – Outro

So lets dive in and take a look at these Premiere Pro Linux alternatives!


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  1. That was really helpful. I decided to go with DaVinci Resolve. There are some amazing PDF manuals available too on the Blackmagic Design website. Installation on Linux was pretty straight forward with no issues. Thanks for the guidance!

  2. How do you get rid of the issue where da vinci resolve doesn't preview any video and won't add them to the timeline on click and drag?

  3. It was rather hard to install CentOS compared to other Linux distros because to get it to work with Resolve, it had to be a certain way. Then I read the lengthy instructions on how to install Resolve and almost cried. I gave up. I justified this by telling myself I didn't need a racecar to get to the airport or grocery store when a taxi or old beater would do just as well…….

  4. For me deal breaker it is good price package for photographer (mostly non professional) but not for someone who want edit videos. After year we paid almost 300euro ! Bad it is not any video editor with good transition effect maker like premiere pro.

  5. So… Great video! I thought it was pretty neat as I've been editing on Linux for years. One thing I'd like to say is that unfortunately, not too long after the release of this video, Blender was updated with a major UI revamp that gives you a button to open an editor and the new UI overall has been substantially improved in every way. Also, Kdenlive similarly has gotten a complete code refactoring that improves stability, the way the timeline works, and that annoying codec problem. I would recommend Pitivi as well. It is an odd one I haven't used much at all but it seems to have a lot of effects and features and from what little time I've spent using it, it seems pretty stable.

  6. would be nice to get DR running, I have a desktop that had windows on it and i was running Davinici Resolve without issue. I have loaded Linux Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS and working nice. I downloaded the DaVinci_Resolve_16.1.1_Linux and put the into the folder and ran it how everyone online is showing you how to do it. I get a deb file and run that without issue and then when i start Davinici it shows in the top section like its trying to start but nothing happens. Has anyone else got it to work in this setup? thank you all in advance! Wayne

  7. The biggest limitation of DaVinciResolve is the fact that the free does neither support h264 nor aac, which are pretty much the codecs every casual camera or recording program use.

  8. The point you missed was kdenlive can be used on 4gb ram with integrated graphics card. So it should be the first choice for those who have low hardware

  9. Excellent video. I'm a music semi-professional, and I really appreciate a video like this that is informative and concise, well-written, with thoughtful caveats and upbeat presentation. One thumb way way up!

  10. thanks for this video! im planning on somehow migrating to linux cause why not? im just the type of person who wants to experiment on stuff, but sometimes scared to do so.. i’ve been a windows user since birth, and i just wanted to try something new, and not within my comfort zone. this video has helped me know what to use in exchange for a cracked version of premiere pro, in which i’ve been using mainly for my videos as of this moment, and i would really want to see the best alternatives possible that can still feel like im editing from premiere pro. somehow, i stumbled upon kdenlive through a special linux distro called ubuntu studio, which has all the tools for photography, video editing, and more, but i don’t know why i haven’t got the feel for using this.. im still having a hard time learning how to migrate all of my stuff to linux because im really planning to.. i just really wanna feel some change when i use my pc, and i wanted to have opinions for all my windows 10 needs, like, productivity, editing videos and pictures, and even programming.. i also don’t know why i even considered switching to linux in the first place and i still can’t think over what to do.. i honestly don’t know where to start for asking advice when it comes to going to linux, even though i have watched a ton of videos talking about linux and what’s best for you.. but i feel like my primary goal for switching to linux is to give up windows entirely, and just to have a feel of something new.. i just really wanna get used to linux so badly, and i don’t know where to begin.. but otherwise, this was helpful in terms on how do i edit my videos professionally in linux, and this had already given me ideas for software i never knew about, cause i was stuck using adobe for a long time now.. i really hope i can get used to the change and that i become part of the linux master race anytime soon.. besides all that, thanks for your ideas on what to use for video editing that’s not adobe premiere pro, especially coming from a channel i know that uses much of premiere pro ecosystem.. i also hope you make tutorials on how to use the aforementioned video editors for your current tutorials in using premiere pro.. sorry for ranting my whole dilemma in one whole comment wherein its just for praising this video and giving insight to new and unheard of software.. i’ll be gladly to try it and i hope i get used to it.. anyways, thanks a lot!!


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