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The Best Free Linux Video Software.

There is an sizeable amount of free video software available on the Linux platform which is both fully featured and mature. Become a digital video editing master, turn your Linux machine into a Home Theatre box are two options that are explored in this article.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 42 high quality Linux video applications, covering a broad spectrum of uses. Most of the titles included in this feature are desktop applications with an elegant graphical front-end, although we have not neglected console software.

It's worth mentioning that there are a number of Linux distributions that specialise in multimedia and digital content creation platforms. These include 64 Studio, DeMiDi, dyne_bolic and Ubuntu Studio.

Now, let's explore the 42 video applications at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, providing a screenshot of the software in action, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Gnash Flash movie player
Kaffeine Full featured media player for KDE
KMPlayer Basic audio/video viewer application for KDE
Miro A platform for Internet television and video
MPlayer Extremely powerful movie player
Ogle DVD player that supports DVD menus
SMPlayer Qt based MPlayer front-end
Totem Official movie player of the GNOME desktop environment
VLC Portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats
xine Powerful multimedia program, specializing in video playback

Personal Video Recorders
Moovida Cross-platform media center solution designed to be simple to use
Freevo Manage your entire digital media collection
LinuxMCE Media PC / HTPC (Home Theater PC) similar to Windows XP Media Center
MythTV Provides a Home Theatre convergence box

Media Collection Managers
GCStar Manages personal collections
Griffith Movie collection manager application
Tellico KDE application for organizing your collections

Avidemux Video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks
Celtx Screenwriting software for writing and formatting a screenplay
Cinelerra 3 main functions: capturing, compositing, and editing audio/video
Kdenlive Non-linear video editor for KDE
Kino Non-linear DV editor
LiVES Video Editing System designed to be simple to use, yet powerful
Open Movie Editor Non-linear video editor designed for basic movie making capabilities

Video Samplers
Veejay Visual instrument and realtime video sampler

Video Streaming
MPEG4IP End-to-end system to explore streaming multimedia
FreeJ Digital instrument for video livesets with realtime rendering of multilayered video

Blender 3D content creation suite
Stopmotion Create stop motion animations

Use your webcam to take photos and videos
HasciiCam Serves live ascii video over the net

Encoding and Conversion
FFmpeg Real time audio/video encoder/converter, streaming server
HandBrake Multithreaded DVD to MPEG-4 converter
MEncoder Simple movie encoder, designed to encode MPlayer-playable movies
thin liquid film Convert videos to the Ipod format
transcode Console based tools for transcoding video and audio files

DVD Authoring & Ripping
DeVeDe Create video DVDs, suitables for home players, from any number of video files
DVDStyler Cross-platform DVD authoring application
Q DVD-Author GUI frontend for dvdauthor and related tools
Thoggen DVD backup utility ('DVD ripper'), based on GStreamer and Gtk+

dvgrab Receives audio and video data from a digital camcorder via an IEEE1394
Captures audio-video data of a desktop session
source: Distrowatch

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Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that offers an operating system predominantly focused on desktop computers but also provides support for servers. Based on Debian GNU / Linux, Ubuntu focuses on ease of use, freedom in usage restriction, regular releases (every 6 months) and ease of installation.
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