Cinelerra 4.4 released with new audio processing features

Cinelerra 4.4 released with new audio processing features

While first public alpha of Lightworks for Linux is reportedly coming next month, Adam Williams released the annual update of Cinelerra.

If you've been living under a rock these past 10 years or so, Cinelerra is a free non-linear video editor for Linux that's in the “love it or hate it” league. This is mostly due to a certain disbalance between features, and both UI bling and stability.

Cinelerra 4.4

Cinelerra 4.4 running on Ubuntu 12.04

The amount of changes is quite modest, and half of them are in the audio department. The developer claims better live audio processing, as well as audio gaps removal effect and audio oscilloscope.

Audioscope effect

Audioscope effect for audio tracks

Apart from that, you are likely to experience faster startup, more responsive interface, better recording from webcams, and you definitely get a new Bright UI theme (the toggle is in the Preferences dialog).

Surprisingly, Cinelerra 4.4 even builds out of box on stock Ubuntu 12.04 this time (and even on 32bit), albeit system-wide installation doesn't seem to work. Running the ./cinelerra binary from the bin directory works like a charm though.

By the way, since last week there is a Fedora Video Contest running. The objective is to get an awesome Fedora videos template to improve the branding of community videos. Submissions period ends on October 5th.

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  1. I would love to know a bit more about the vision of the dev of Cinelerra. I heard that he only care about getting Cinelerra to work on his (Heroin Virtual?) own workstations and don’t want to hear about “standard” linux distro.
    I tried many times to get Cinelerra working, instability, incompatibility and other crap and curses ensued. On the website of Cinelerra fans, we can find precise step by step instructions to perform basic operations without crashing the app, not really my vision of a serious soft…

  2. Cinelerra has always been too buggy or unstable for anything I’ve tried, especially with audio stuff. Maybe it’s better with this new version.

  3. Alexandre Prokoudine 11 September 2012 at 12:46 pm

    krs, which NLE did you end up with? Kdenlive? Blender VSE?

  4. My favorite Libre NLE is Pitivi, but the last version suffer performance problems and some nasty bug. Despite that, it’s one of the most stable and promising.

    Kdenlive looks very complete and you can actually make a lot of things with it, but the last time I used it for a personal project I encountered a lot of crashes.

    As a long time Blender user I also tried to make movies with it, but even if I really enjoy Blender’s interface, It’s not like you are using a dedicated tool. Although I had a lot of fun using it for compositing a small scene using the node editor.

    Openshot is a mess with Bling-bling effects.

    Really, there is nothing I could use for professional project, for that I used Vegas, Final Cut, or event iMovie (perfect for simple and quick projects)

  5. I’ve never had stability issues with kdenlive, but it seems kind of slow and cumbersome (which seems to be the case with KDE apps in general, at least in my experience). The latest dev version built from source seems to perform a lot better.

    Interested to see LightWorks when it comes out for Linux.

  6. Love it!!! Cinelerra has always been the best editor on Linux. 1 crash in 4 years of using it :D I have also been using Kdenlive and it has one at least 1 crash per project but is really powerful. And i had really bad experience with Lightworks on Windows, i have not been able to finish one project… but that could be due to the beta status of the software.

  7. I gave the latest Cinelerra a spin tonight. Yep, built out of the box on Ubuntu 12.04. Working great for the most part, although some of the rendered output wouldn’t play correctly in the default Movie Player app (mplayer worked better). Crashed a couple of times trying to manipulate some video effects :-(

  8. Personally, I prefer the use of Blender as a NLE, simply because it is one of the only NLEs that can use Jack for synchronization, thereby allowing me to use the much richer Jack landscape for all my audio mixing and processing.  Once the audio has been placed, synched, and mixed down, I then use Blender to merge it into the project.

  9. Cinelerra have really great features in quite nice UI but it is deserved by repeated crashes.
    I have being using it quite happily 4 years ago on big projects. Now, the latest -cv 2.2 versiin is just unusable, about 10 crashes in one hour while adjusting simple things as clip length on the timeline.
    Does the 4.x versions more stable?

  10. @Hilaire

    Last year Cinelerra had quite a lot of bugs fixed, so I’d say, yes — 4.x is more stable than previous version. Not entirely bugfree though, in my (little) experience.

  11. More than twelve hours trying to build, cleaning, installing dev, configuring, compiling, cleaning, installing dev, seeing, configuring, compiling, cleaning….

    Ubuntu 12.04 stock and I cannot get the “cinelerra” binary.

    So?? This builds out of the box?? Are you sure?? What box??

    What happen with this people? They all think what we have all the knowledge? I only want to edit video not to build programs. Please, understand that too.
    And worst if it is like a neverending build. Make the things more simple.

    Always build Cinelerra was a pain from the first versions. We now are in 4.4. When?? WHEN they will solve that?? That must be a priority. Make a better building system, using scons, scripts, or whatever they want but a better one!
    They use some pseudo libraries, wtf?? What is that kind of working with Linux?? Why they try to reinvent the wheel?? Just use the standard tools and way, don’t try to remake it for yourself if not bad things can happen. Like now!! I cannot build it at all and I cannot see what is the real problem: dependency, failed C code for compiler version, old libraries, or??

    And there are no easy way to enable or disable a feature!

    Why I must use the firewire if I don’t want to record using cinelerra at all?? I ONLY WANT TO EDIT VIDEO.

    And the 2.2 version cannot render my video!! It is a DV AVI2 format and whatever format I choose (in a little list) it get a sigsegv in some place of the video. Does not matter if it is on the middle, near ending, or whathever, it always got SIGSEGV. And for it: I CANNOT RENDER MY VIDEO!

    2.2 is a buggy version almost the included in cinelerra-cv in the ppa. Using that is a lose of time!

    Will be available someday some useful Cinelerra? Or that will never happen?

  12. Calm down :) go to deb-multimedia.org go to packages, under testing(wheezy) select your arhitecture, find cinelerra and cinelerra-data package and dowload them both. Then head to medibuntu packages select your ubuntu version and download W32codecs or w64codecs and nonfree codecs. you can also download mpeg3tools from official repository for additional capabilities.

  13. Builds can be dangerous with Ubuntu by conflicting with other linked libraries. If building you create unlinks to other software you may have built. I suppose a successful build is how un-cluttered your Ubuntu is. I’ve used PPA builds of 64-bit Cinelerra. No problems with crashes.

    For cinelerra my projects have to be kept in DVraw file format which fills a hard drive fairly quickly and makes transfer to USB drives time-consuming. I never could save out to mpeg or quicktime. Whatever movie I create I must open DVraw in Kino and convert for DVD. Otherwise Cinelerra is my goto vid editor.

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