10 reasons to use Flowblade as a video editor

In the market there are many programs that can help you in your different tasks, in the case of video editing there are several options, such as Flowblade which is surprisingly effective and efficient for Linux.

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What is Flowblade?

Flowblade is a video editor for Linux released under license LPG 3.

Flowblade is designed to provide a fast, accurate, and robust editing experience, as it has powerful tools for mixing and filtering audio and video.

How to install Flowblade

You can install Flowblade cloning its official repository, installing the necessary dependencies and running the setup.py

git clone https://github.com/jliljebl/flowblade.git

The easiest way to install Flowblade It is using the updated version of the repositories of your favorite distribution. The downside is that the available version may not be the latest current version.

Install Flowblade on Ubuntu, Debian and Linux Mint

sudo apt-get install flowblade

Install Flowblade in Archlinux

Last version. Visit the page AUR or use the following command in terminal:

yaourt -S flowblade

git-version. Visit the page AUR or use the following command in terminal:

yaourt -S flowblade-git

10 reasons to use Flowblade as a video editor

If you still don't dare to try Flowblade, here are ten reasons written by Seth Kenlon why Flowblade is recommended:

Flowblade is a Lightweight

It is a very light application, which is not a common thing among video editors. This can be misleading for a Linux application, because Flowblade is essentially a front-end for MLT and FFmpeg and is designed for cutting videos. It does not contain 20 additional features that only apply to peripheral videos.

The characteristics that it does have are a long list of the requirements that a video editor program must have. It has all the usual cutting tasks, a full set of visual effects, some simple sound effects with keyframes, and export.

Flowblade is synonymous with Simplicity

Video editors often have a reputation for being complex, but all of Flowblade's main functions fit neatly into approximately 10 buttons located in the center of the toolbar. There are also the additional buttons to detail the work (zoom in and out, do and redo), but most of the program fits on a horizontal bar.

To improve it, the main functions have keyboard shortcuts. So when you get familiar with the tool, the editing process becomes smooth and enjoyable. Even if you have little time using the program, Flowblade will allow you to navigate through hours of video and finish with a rustic ensemble. This makes it one of the simplest editors.

flowblade-logo Flowblade has great video effects

It benefits from the same set as almost all Linux video editors: Frei0r. Which means that you automatically inherit a group of video effects that are already written and ready to go, and with the use of Flowblade's friendly platform. You will have many options to choose from.

Flowblade has audio effects

Many people don't bother to edit the sound in the video editor. Some do it because it is their turn and others because they do not have practice with an audio editor program. Therefore, it is not common for editors to ask if the application has at least one basic sound mixer.

Well, Flowblade has it. It has the obvious volume mixer and a few extras like panning and swapping channels. In my opinion, it has one of the simplest and most comfortable keyframe systems to use. It is simple, intuitive and effective because you can hear the changes immediately.

maxresdefault Flowblade features smooth playback

It works well under the typical premise of "let's test this effect for now and see what happens." Sure, if you add a lot of effects you should create a temporary render of the clip to properly hear the sound effect, but as a quick reference it works very well.

Flowblade handles a Drag and Drop concept

Flowblade is a traditional editor, as friendly as a video drag and drop instead of the notepad. It will allow you to get in your timeline, click and drag the clips around.

This editor uses the same language as the rest. The rule on the left, which has become very popular: when a clip is added by default it snaps into the clamp to its left. However, using the override cursor, you can grab a clip and move it anywhere on the timeline you want. A gray fill appears between your clip and whatever is to its left, in order to mimic some kind of celluloid base layer. flowblade

Flowblade has options to render

Since Flowblade uses FFmpe and MLT as its foundation technologies, there are plenty of options for delivering your work. You can use the built-in UI for rendering, which will make the default match most of the project settings. If you want you can override some settings, in a panel located on the right.

Flowblade bets on Durability

For many years, video editing programs have behaved like islands.

Some formats are interchangeable, there are generic decision lists but basically you were stuck with the video editor you selected. So you could lose all your work if that tool was discontinued or if it changed the format.

Flowblade protects your art, with the use of MLT format, standards and open source you will no longer lose your editing work. A project that you edit today will continue to be available for many years and you can transport it without problem. This does not mean that you can open your file in another editor as if all the programs spoke exactly the same language, but if they maintain transparent operation, without the need for other programs to convert the file to make it compatible.

You are the owner of your information and the program that helped you create it, and that is one of the advantages of modern technology.

maxresdefault (1) Flowblade is fast

It is a fast program. It's not that it works any differently than other video editors, but it doesn't do anything extra to slow it down. It is a responsive tool and a pleasure to use.

Flowblade is stable

This feature is truly a sensation, beyond what the reports on the internet can say. One way to measure this feeling is with the fear that you may feel when you have to open the tool or before making a recommendation. If you can refer to it with your eyes closed, then it meets this characteristic and is the case with Flowblade.

And well that's all, I hope these reasons allow you to give this tool a chance, which is undoubtedly excellent and does not envy others.


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  1.   Bill said

    Thanks for the article, you have been missing a bit more on installing from git, since the ubuntu repository is very old (version 0.14) and the simple instructions to clone git and run setup.py are not enough at all (setup .py requires arguments).
    In setup.py they go to the file /home/guillermo/git/flowblade/flowblade-trunk/docs/INSTALLING.md where, if you have a distribution of the DEBIAN branch, Ubuntu, ... they tell you to download the .deb package and you install it from the terminal:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/onrdoivia6t0rjd/flowblade-1.8.0-1_all.deb?dl=0
    sudo dpkg -i ./flowblade-1.8.0-1_all.deb
    I installed it with GDebi but when I got the message that I have a version in the repository, I had to go to it with synaptic and block the repository version, after which it allowed me to install the latest version of flowblade with gdebi.
    Greetings.

  2.   Mauricio Gómez said

    I am not a producer but I do use some basic editing tools. To date I have used Open Shot. What will be better or more comfortable to use?

  3.   MANUEL WHITE MONTERO said

    QUALITY I LOVE THIS VIDEO EDITOR MY FAST AND EFFICIENT I RECOMMEND IT 100%

    IN SPANISH ..
    DOWNLOAD IT FROM ITS OFFICIAL PAGE .. https://jliljebl.github.io/flowblade/download.html

  4.   Nicholas said

    Time to try a new editor !!!
    I generally use KDEnlive (very powerful) and Lightworks (I met him recently) and they work very well.

  5.   Victor said

    Although I usually use Windows, this editor has caught my attention. It has some quirks, some details when editing, which is a bit confusing at first, until you get the hang of it. Otherwise it seems exceptional to me because of its lightness and the capabilities it has.

  6.   Pinches said

    More stable than openshot and kdenlive, it runs fast and smooth.

  7.   Rafa Mar Multimedia said

    It is seen that one of the black points of Linux are the video editors, although it is true that I have managed to work with kdenlive sometimes it gets stuck a bit. But the flowblade thing is hilarious, when I tried it a few months ago I found it interesting and I committed to writing some tutorials with this application as I have been doing with kdenlive these months, now it turns out that in mint I install the repositories version and it is 0.14 , when installing the deb of the 1.16 it gives me an error of dependencies and when executing the install -f to solve them what it does in removing the application (I almost piss with laughter around here), so I resort to flatpak, I get install 1.16 and when I start a new project at 1080i 25f and load a video of a few minutes to start working the program or it crashes, or it closes, and what has caught my attention the most, the memory, the 16Gb He eats them all plus the 4 swap ... I have lost the desire to do anything with this application, it is a kaos as is openshot. With the only one today in linux that I have managed to do a series of jobs with kdenlive.

    I do NOT recommend it to anyone, it has given me 1 reason to forget it, instability and high consumption of resources.