Awesome Final Cut Pro Alternatives That Are Open Source

Appleā€™s Non Linear Editing Video Editing software Final Cut Pro is one of the best proprietary high end video editing tools around. Professional Hollywood block buster movies like Happy Feat, No Country For Old Man etc have used Final Cut Pro software. Its features are plenty. However, Final Cut pro is from Apple, Proprietary and not free. It is only available for Mac OS. So, What Linux/Windows users have to do? As usual, there are a few Open Source and Free alternatives to Final Cut Pro or even Adobe Premier Pro which is similar.

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Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.



Cinelerra does primarily 3 things: capturing, compositing, and editing audio and video with sample level accuracy. It’s a movie studio in a box.



Kino is an open source  video editor, that runs on Linux.  You can load multiple video clips, cut and paste portions of video/audio, and save it to an edit decision list (SMIL XML format). Most edit and navigation commands are mapped to equivalent vi key commands. For complete list of features, visit the web site Kino



OpenShot Video Editor is an open-source program that that lets you creates, modifies, and edits video files. Its is an open source non-linear video editor for Linux, with very powerful compositing functions, and key frame animations for titles and scrolling credits as well as for video clips. OpenShot provides support for most video formats and codecs, and has particularly good support for HD video and AVCHD.


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  1. That is a wonderful blog post, quite simple for you to scan. Thanks for spending time for you to give your musings.

  2. videopro says:

    yeah…like totally awesome alternatives! this crap isn’t worthy of 1995… open source video editing is nonexistent. these applications you listed are a poor excuse for wasted code.

    • Opentube says:

      Well, Open Source Video Editing may be just evolving, it needs support from community. Final Cut Pro definitely a class apart but these software do give some functionality for beginners.

      • Wheezer says:

        I have been doing video editing for money and for fun since back before you could edit video on a computer. In my opinion, calling the alternatives listed here awesome and comparing them to Final Cut Pro is a misleading and wrong.

        It’s like comparing the space shuttle to a child’s kite. Sure they both fly, but they’re not even close to being in the same class.

        The programs listed here as alternatives are extremely basic and don’t do a good job of what little they are able to do. There are many, many free programs out there that do similar quality video editing. Even Windows Movie Maker is better than the programs you suggest when you factor in ease of use compared to the product produced.

        The simple truth is that if you want quality video editing with effects that people have come to expect to see, you have to spend some money.

        • cgprime says:

          Yeah and get locked into the labyrinthine enterprise that is Apple Inc.

          No thanks, I’ll just keep cracking the shit until Open Source catches up. Proprietary software is the real garbage.

          Thanks for the blog post. It was well-intentioned even if all the suckers still want to pay Steve Jobs.

          • rsr says:

            I agree that is needed for proprietary to fail. And boy do the people need it to fail and don’t even realize it.

  3. Kernellinux says:

    Agreed, open source is the next generation of software. People laughed at the Mozilla people as well. There was the “ever great Internet Explorer” then that “poor excuse for code” turned into a fantastic program that every college kid uses now. I put my money in donations to open source programmers. Thank you for all you do! Thank you for the software you provide with the freedom! Thank you Apple for selling over priced computers, that run overpriced software.

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