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    Cool easiest, simplest video editor?

    Hi,
    I wonder if anyone can suggest a simple video editor for me?
    I just want something that I can take recorded TV shows, snip off the beginning and end, and take out the ads.

    The editors I've looked at so far have lots of extra functions and are very complex to learn.

    I just want something I can quickly open a .mpg file, snip snip snip, then save it.

    Any suggestions appreciated.

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    Re: easiest, simplest video editor?

    I'd suggest starting with Pitivi or Openshot. Pitivi is probably the simplest of the two, and is included in Ubuntu by default.

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    Re: easiest, simplest video editor?

    Quote Originally Posted by stoogiebuncho View Post
    I'd suggest starting with Pitivi or Openshot. Pitivi is probably the simplest of the two, and is included in Ubuntu by default.
    +1, just don't bother with its advance features.

    Also have a look at avidemux - quite simple and straightforward, especially for avi and mpg files. I think you may like it over pitivi for its simplicity. It's in the default repositories.
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    Re: easiest, simplest video editor?

    Quote Originally Posted by varunendra View Post
    +1, just don't bother with its advance features.

    Also have a look at avidemux - quite simple and straightforward, especially for avi and mpg files. I think you may like it over pitivi for its simplicity. It's in the default repositories.
    Avidemux is fine for full file transcoding but has problems with audio getting out of sync when cutting vids. This is addressed in version 2.6 which can be downloaded from the avidemux website but it is still experimental.

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    Re: easiest, simplest video editor?

    LOL - that's exactly what I found - avidemux caused the audio to get out of sync.

    I tried Pitivi but it just locked up as soon as I loaded a file.

    Openshot looks ok so far, I'll give it a bit more of a test tonight.

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    Re: easiest, simplest video editor?

    I'm trying out ubuntu with the DVD disk and while I've only tried one video editor with ubuntu, I was very impressed with the installation of openshot. Also, there are several videos on youtube to give you a feel.

    What impressed me most was while I had to do an extra step to get flash to run with firefox and I'm still unable to get wmv files to work with firefox, this was not necessary with openshot. With a fresh boot of the ubuntu DVD and installing openshot from the software center, every type of video file that I've tried, flv, wma, wmv has worked straight off.

    It would be nice if openshot would have shared this ability to deal with the various file types with firefox, but I guess things don't work that way. (I see a comment on the wmv thread that might resolve this - http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1844239)

    I've only experimented a little, but to be able to run a video editor with the DVD and not have it act like it wants to take over my PC is amazing.

    Note to self: remember to unmute the sound which for some unknow reason is the default (bug?) with the classic interface.

    Great experience so far with openshot. Haven't tried any of the others.

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    Re: easiest, simplest video editor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Denver Dave View Post
    I've only experimented a little, but to be able to run a video editor with the DVD and not have it act like it wants to take over my PC is amazing.
    I think that's the best thing with Linux in general

    OpenShot is relatively new among other video editors and definitely has a lot of potential. Its original developer Jonathan Thomas reminds me of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" with his achievement. He and the entire developer team deserve entire community's recognition and appreciation.

    Dave, thank you for sharing your experience with us. Maybe you'll also like AV Linux - a customized version of debian based linux which is geared towards multimedia editing. You can use all of its tools (including OpenShot and Cinelerra) directly from the DVD in a live session. (see a list of included apps)
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    Re: easiest, simplest video editor?

    I recommend Kdenlive, I use it for all my videos. It is the best video editor I've ran across in Linux IMO.

    You can install it from the Software Center.

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    Re: easiest, simplest video editor?

    Quote Originally Posted by ubudog View Post
    i recommend kdenlive, i use it for all my videos. It is the best video editor i've ran across in linux imo.

    You can install it from the software center.
    +1

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    Re: easiest, simplest video editor?

    Look for the editor with good documentation or manual.
    Kdenlive is well documentated and is fairly complete in basic functions.
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