Ade Malsasa Akbar contact
Senior author, Open Source enthusiast.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 20:58

This guide introduces simple steps to edit and produce video with Flowblade video editor in GNU/Linux. This guide includes how to import videos and audios, insert those into timeline, edit the timeline, add filters, and finally render the video. I wish that every new user of Flowblade can do basic video editing by just reading this article.
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A. The Screen

This is the graphical user interface of Flowblade. You may find this is very similar with Adobe Premiere or Lightworks. For just basic editing, you will only use the Media tab, the Timeline, and the Render tab the most.

B. The Previewer

The preview panel is your monitor in Flowblade, showing the temporary result of your editing both for video and audio. You need to see this previewer to make sure your video being editor has no mistake.

C. The Timeline

This is the timeline panel of Flowblade with audio and video clips. This is where you work on the most. You will place video tracks on the video timeline, and audio tracks on the audio timeline.

D. The Media Tab

This tab is very important for a Flowblade user because you import videos by using this. This media tab has two columns typically, right column for the imported files (see the video and audio thumbnails below) and left columns for the "bins" or containers of medias. Beginners will use only the right column for basic editing.

1. Importing

You can import video, audio, and image files right into Flowblade from Media tab. See the right column > press Add > select a video file > Open > a video track added. Do the same thing for audio file.


2. Insert Video

You can insert video you have been imported, into the timeline. The video file goes to video timeline, and this inserted video becomes a video clip.You may add any number of video.

3. Insert Audio

You can insert audio to the audio timeline. This inserted audio becomes an audio clip.

4. Edit Timelines

In this guide, I added two video clips side by side (meaning the last clip will start right after the first) on timeline V1. I resize each of them half by trimming.

One example of editing timeline is trimming (cutting, resizing). To do trimming, click cursor logo on the timeline panel > select Trim (and your cursor changed into "trim" logo) > click & drag on the video track on the timeline.  Press Ctrl+Z to Undo.

Before trimming:

After trimming:

There are many operations toward clips can be used in video editing, not only trimming, but for this guide I think it's enough as example. Another easy operation you can try is Overwrite, which is moving a clip horizontally on a timeline.

5. Render

After editing, you should render your edited "clips" so you produce the final output video. You can access the rendering settings on Render Tab, it's located at the same row as Media Tab and on top of timeline panel.

Rendering is a process "to cook" your editing into a final video. Doing this means you choose the video file name, the output video format, and the video quality.

For beginners, you may follow my rendering settings below:

- format: .ogv
- quality: HD 720p 24 fps
- file name: my-movie-edited.ogv

Press "Render" button while you are ready. Then you will wait the process until it's finished. Notice that the speed of this "cooking" process depends heavily on your hardware power. It may takes long time for long video.

The result of this render process is a video named my-movie-edited.ogv.