GUI Screenshot of Kdenlive

Kdenlive is a free open-source video editor for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD, which supports DV, AVCHD and HDV editing. You can check our user's camcorder database to see a list of supported camcorders.

Kdenlive relies on several other open source projects, such as FFmpeg, the MLT video framework and Frei0r effects.

Our software was designed to answer all needs, from basic video editing to semi-professionnal work.

The project is Free Software. Do not hesitate to join our community of developers, translators or enthusiast users. For more information, read the following information.

Mix video, audio and images to unleash your creativity

Modern filmakers need to mix different kinds of media, including video, audio and images. Kdenlive is built upon MLT and ffmpeg frameworks, which provide unique features to mix virtually any kind of media.

  • Mix different media without prior import:
    1. Any Video, audio or image files supported by Kdenlive.
    2. Custom profiles including resolutions, frame rates, PAR and DAR.
  • Support for a wide range of codecs and formats, among which:
    1. Free formats (Matroska/Ogg container, VP9/Theora video, Vorbis/Opus audio...).
    2. MPEG formats (MOV/TS container, H265/H264/MPEG2 video, MP3/AC3/AAC audio...).
    3. Lossless formats (Snow/FFV1 video, FLAC/Wav audio...).

Powerful features

Kdenlive is the most versatile video editor available today:

  • Support for a wide range of camcorders and cameras, including:
    1. Low resolution camcorder (Raw and AVI DV editing).
    2. Mpeg2, mpeg4 and h264 AVCHD (small cameras and camcorders).
    3. High resolution camcorder files, including HDV and AVCHD camcorders.
    4. Professional camcorders, including XDCAM-HD™ streams, IMX™ (D10) streams, DVCAM (D10) , DVCAM, DVCPRO™, DVCPRO50™ streams and DNxHD™ streams (decoding only, encoding untested). Please note that Kdenlive does not offer the original codecs, but only that we use FFmpeg free software codecs, which can read original streams and sometimes export as well. When you own a camcorder, there is no reason why you should not be able to read your own films.
  • Multitrack edition with a timeline and unlimited number of video and audio tracks.
  • Video and audio tracks organized in layers.
  • Tools to create, move, crop and delete video clips, audio clips, text clips and image clips.
  • Configurable keyboard shortcuts and interface layouts.
  • A wide range of effects and transitions. Ability to add custom effects and transitions.
  • Non-blocking rendering using a rendering separate application. Stop, pause and restart rendering. Continue to work on your project without any possible loss of data.
  • Export to standard formats:
    1. DV (PAL and NTSC).
    2. Mpeg2 (PAL, NTSC and HDV) and AVCHD (HDV).
    3. High quality h264.
    4. Non-destructive formats.

Video editing made easy

Kdenlive offers a complete solution from capturing, editing to publishing videos:

Only four steps are required to edit a film:

First step: capture video from any source Plug-in your DV or HDV camera using a firewire cable. Rewind, seach and play your tape. View interactive results using the record monitor :

Alternatively, you can also:

  •  Extract media from USB stick / hard drive camcorders.
  •  Record your desktop computer.
  •  Record directly to computer from a video source.

Second Step: manage your media

kdenlive allows to manage your media in a project tree.

Organize your media using folders and comments:

Watch each media individually in a clip monitor: 

Mix several types of media : DV, mpeg2, mpeg4, h264, images, etc ... without conversion, easily.

Third step: drag and drop on the timeline

To edit the final film, you only need to drag and drop media from the project tree to the timeline:

Guides and markers help you organize your timeline.

It is possible to search the timeline, parsing clips, guides and markers names.


Copy & paste support for clips, effects and transitions: Watch your work in real time in a project monitor.

Fourth Step: publish your work to any media

When editing is finished, render and export the film:


Export to any formats supported by FFmpeg: mpeg, avi, dv, flash, mov, ... Export to Internet websites like Dailymotion, Vimeo and Youtube using presets. Export to mpeg2 to author DVDs. High quality files: mpeg4, h264, etc ...

Full undo support in case of problem.

Launch an export job and continue working on your project:

Taxonomy upgrade extras:

Audio and video formats

kdenlive offers a broard support of audio and video formats.
Here is a list of supported formats:

DV is the standard for traditional low-resolution MiniDV camcorders.
Technicaly, DV is a slightly compressed video and raw sound.

Kdenlive offers a broard DV support:

  • Preset profiles for PAL and NTSC camcorders.
  • Support of DV formats: Raw DV, AVI DV, etc ...
  • Interlaced or full frames.
  • Any frame rate, including 24p, 25p and 30p.

HDV is a recording format for use in high-definition camcorders.
Technically, HDV offers mpeg2 compressed video with compressed audio.

Kdenlive offers a board support:

  • Preset profiles for HDV 1080p, HDV 1080i, HDV 720p and HDV 720i.
  • Interlaced or full frames.
  • Custome frame rates, including 24p, 25p and 30p.
  • Support for low frame rates, for Internet broadcast.
  • Custom profiles, including custom size, custom Pixal Aspect Ratio (PAR) and custom Display Aspect Ratio (DAR).

AVCHD is a new video format for high-definition tapeless camcorders recording to memory sticks and hard drive.
Technicaly, AVCHD is a complex mpeg4 video stream, referred as MPEG-4 AVC/H.264.

Kdenlive should support AVCHD camcorders, but this is an experimental feature. If you plan buying an AVCHD camcorder, you should try to download non-compressed footage from Internet. Do not invest in an AVCHD camcorder without prior testing using Kdenlive.

Technically, h264 is a highly compressed mpeg4 format. h264 requires a modern single-core or dual-core computer. Kdenlive is able to read and decode h264 interactively using a multithreaded library using two or more cores if needed. Again, multi-core decoding is an experimental feature, which may not work well.

At the present level of Kdenlive, we do not recommend investing in an AVCHD camcorder. If you have the choice, invest in an HDV camcorder.

Tapeless formats support
Kdenlive supports mpeg, avi, mp4 and mov formats and many others.

Audio formats
Kdenlive supports most audio formats for reading, mixing and exporting:

  • Uncompressed PCM.
  • ac3.
  • mp2.
  • mp3.
  • vorbis.
  • wav.

Flash support
Kdenlive can read, edit and export Flash video.

Open standards
Kdenlive supports most open-standards formats: ogg, vorbis and matrovska (experimental).

Non-destructive formats support
Kdenlive offers experimental support for non-destructive audio and video codec, including:

  • huffyuv.
  • Snow.
  • Dirac (experimental, too slow to work in high-resolution, no fully working due to ffmpeg implementation).

In the next releases, we hope to offer better support for non-destructive formats, including interactive decoding and encoding on dual-core computers. DIRAC and FFMPEG teams work hard to provide working solutions. Stay tuned.

Image formats
Kdenlive includes a powerfull slideshow features to create animated slideshows. Kdenlive can display images using any common image format, including:

  • gif.
  • png.
  • jpeg.
  • xcf (Gimp format).
  • exr.
  • tiff.
  • svg.
  • ...

A set of predefined export settings
Kdenlive team is aware that choosing the right export settings is sometimes hard. Therefore we provide a set of pre-defined settings to help you:

  • DVD
  • Mpeg2 (standard choice for HDV editing).
  • High resolution mp4 or h264 (high standard for HDV and AVCHD editing).
  • Non-destructive formats.
  • Popular websites including Youtube, Dailymotion and Vimeo, with the best settings.

Creative effects

Kdenlive offers a rich set of creative effects. Unless specified, effects are parts of the MLT modules and distributed with MLT. Other effects are provided by active projects, including frei0r.

Normal image

User can select a rectangle in the image which will be pixelated. The effect will attempt to follow the movement, so that even if it moves, the same zone will still be pixelated

Box Blur
Blur with adjustable horizontal / vertical factor

Keyframable image brightness

Cartoon (frei0r)
Simplify image colors

Sort of emboss effect

Chroma Hold
Make all colors except one look greyscale

Contrastor (frei0r)
adjustable contrast

Distortor (frei0r)
Distort image

Add moving dusts to image

Equalizor (frei0r)
Color equalizing

Flippo (frei0r)
Fip image horizontally or vertically

Adjust image gamma

Glow (frei0r)
Glow effect

Add grain to image

Remove colors

Hueshiftor (frei0r)
Change image hue

Invert colors

Lens Correction (frei0r)
Distort image

Mirror image in several directions

Pixelizor (frei0r)
Pixelate image

RGB Parade (frei0r)
Hard to describe...

Saturator (frei0r)
Saturate colors

Scanlinor (frei0r)
Add scanlines

Scratch Lines
Add moving scratch lines over the image

Sepia effect

Sobel (frei0r)

Square Blur (frei0r)
Blur image

Saturate colors

Tehroxxor (frei0r)
Bizarre effect

Adjustable threshold, makes image black and white

Add nice gradient around image

Hueshiftor (frei0r)
Change image hue

Distort image with little waves

A free software integrated environment

Kdenlive is the result of a long work of software communities working in different directin: video codecs, audio codecs, image processing, firewire support, video editing engine, etc ... Kdenlive developers are very thankful to these communities.

Kdenlive integrated with the following software libraries :

  • MLT video enging.
  • FFMPEG video and audio codecs.
  • dvgrab, DV and HDV capture.

Kdenlive also integrates the following major softwares:

  • Gimp image editor.
  • Audacity audio editor.
  • Screengrab screen capture.
  • Synfig 2D editor.
  • etc ...

Recommended hardware

Kdenlive is reported to work on recent computers, with at least:

  • 32bits or 64bits computers with a modern Processor (AMD64 or Intel mono/dual core systems).
  • A fast hard disc with more that 20Gb of free disc space.
  • A firewire interface for camcorder capture.
  • At least 1Gb of RAM.
  • Screen size : 1024x768 or more.

Any computer produced after 2005 should meet these requirements. You may only need a firewire interface.

For advanced use and semi-professional work, we recommend investing in a recent computer with:

  • AMD Phenom Quad-core processor.
  • 4 Gb of RAM.
  • Three SATA disc for RAID-5 usage (Any Linux distribution offers RAID-5 witout additional controller).
  • A recent video card with dual display.

In december 2008, some European retailers offered this kind of hardware for 500€, with one large screen. This is at least 4 times less than the equivalent under other operating systems. Don't spend your money in software licences for closed environment: buy camcorders and make films.

Supported operating systems

Kdenlive is available for download on the following free operating systems:

  • GNU/Linux distributions;
  • FreeBSD;
  • Mac OS X;
  • NetBSD.