A brand new beta of the ‘next-generation’ Kdenlive video editor is now available to download.
Writing on the their official blog Kdenlive developers write: “After more than 1.5 years of work, we are planning to release the refactoring version of Kdenlive in august, part of the KDE 18.08 Applications release.”
“Most of the code was rewritten, which also means many possible regressions. So while we are very excited to have the opportunity to finally release our work to the public, it’s also a bit stressful.”
As such, Kdenlive developers want folks to test the latest beta build ahead of a planned stable release in a few weeks. A bug squashing day is also being considered, though no date or details are yet known.
Kdenlive 18.08: What’s New?
The biggest and most significant “change” in Kdenlive 18.08 is in what you can’t see: the code.
Kdenlive’s code base has been refactored (a fancy word for ‘cleaned up and streamlined’) from the ground up. A leaner, cleaner codebase means a better developer experience, and a better developer experience means more fixes and new features can be added more often, with less effort.
It’s not all hidden; there are some more visible improvements and new features in Kdenlive 18.08 too:
- Video and audio tracks are now split automatically
- Disable/enable timeline clips
- Improved slowmotion
- Keyframe interface for effects
- Improved insert/lift/overwrite behaviour
- Enable low-res clip previews for faster rendering
- Resizable track height
- Use different overlay guides on different monitors
Video editing on Linux has never looked in better shape. From LightWorks and Blender to Shotcut and OpenShot — there exists a swathe of continually-developed apps aimed at varying levels, from amateur or professional.
Could refactored Kdenlive stand out among them as the best open source video editor yet?
If you’re enthusiastic about more folks use Linux for video editing, be sure to get involved.
Download Kdenlive 18.08 Beta
You can download the Kdenlive 18.08 Beta from the link below.
The beta is provided as an AppImage. This means the beta comes bundled up with everything it needs to run (i.e. you don’t have to install a load of KDE libraries to use it):
If you plan to help test there a few known issues you need to be aware of:
- Compatibility issues with older Kdenlive project files
- Curves effect does not work
- Composition settings don’t update on resize
- A performance issue with high-zoom and audio thumbnails
Be sure to report any major issues or quirks you encounter on the Kdenlive bug tracker.
Not used an AppImage on Ubuntu before? They’re pretty simple to use, just download and do this:
Then double-click on the AppImage to launch the app.