2008.09.27: Note to all that reads this post, looking for the Kdenlive Builder Wizard. It lives at http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=85826 and you should get it from there, as it is the latest version. This topic was created when I needed feedback on a beta version of the Wizard.
As you may be aware, I have tried to create a wizard to assist in building Kdenlive (inclusive ffmpeg, mlt, and mlt++) from SVN repo sources. (An older version of this wizards lives at
The purpose of the wizard is to "lure" more non-hard-core-users to be able to enjoy the new stuff in Kdenlive, and possibly allow "would-be" developers to overcome the first obstacle of building Kdenlive. The wizard (in the new version) also installs a start script, that gives the option to run kdenlive in a gdb session and collect all output to a log.
I have upgraded the wizard from the current version (0.1.0) to a new version (0.3.1). The new version includes support for building for KDE4. But I need some feedback on wheter it works or not, before I want to "blow the horn" for it. (Obviously it works-for-me(tm)).
You could help me out (a lot!) by trying it out. Even though you may never want to use it "for real", getting some success/failure reports is important to me.
The wizard is available at
- its a 400 KB download, and running it from scratch should take about 5-10 minutes, depending on your internet and CPU. User interaction for about 30-60 seconds, in the beginning.
An important note: the wizard configures mlt with --disable-qimage because I simply could not figure out a way to reliably let the mlt configure system know where to find qimage.h.
For kubuntu users: Instructions for testing on Kubuntu 8.04:
1) install Kubuntu 8.04 (you may be past this :-)
2) apt-get update ; apt-get upgrade
3) follow instructions at
to get kde 4.1
4) apt-get install kommander subversion g++ cmake pkg-config kdelibs5-dev
(This adds more than 100 packages to the system)
5) log out, log in using kde 4.1
6) run "kmdr-executor kdenlive_builder_wizard.kmdr", follow the instructions
on-screen. Press "Cancel" after succes, press "open folder",
click "kdenlive_start" and you are in bussiness.
Note, that this compiles mlt without the modules dv, frei0r, gtk2, jackrack, qimage, resample, sox, and vorbis. The logfile does contain instructions on getting support for these modules, but the above is a working baseline. Search for MLTDISABLED in the log file for more information. You basically just need to apt-get install some more packages to get support from the remaining modules.
Mads Bondo Dydensborg