Avidemux is an open source application that provides an easy-to-use and cross-platform video editing solution. It can be used for basic video encoding tasks, filtering, cutting and more. It is officially supported on Linux, BSD, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.
Features at a glance
With Avidemux, users will be able to automate tasks using powerful scripting functionality, as well as the built-in projects and job queue. You can set multiple markers for video cutting tasks, zoom videos, change frame rate and encoder settings, preview files or set multiple audio tracks.
In addition, you can use the application to build VBR (Variable bitrate) time maps, append video files, connect to a running AvsProxy instance, as well as to save and load projects.
Supports a wide range of video streams
It supports well-known multimedia file types, including DVD-Video, AVI, MKV, MPEG2, MP4 and ASF, by using a wide range of multimedia codecs that are installed on your operating system.
While the application supports the MPEG-4 AVC/ASP, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, H.263 and a few more other video file formats, it always encounters problems with the MP4 H.264 format. Therefore, you will probably end up using the FFmpeg command-line software to work with MP4 files, which are pretty popular these days.
In order for the program to work properly and support the aforementioned multimedia formats, Linux users need to install some optional, yet important packages, such as LAME, FAAC, FAAD2, JACK, SDL, x264, Xvidcore and a few others.
Getting started with Avidemux
The best way to install Avidemux on your Linux operating system is through the official software channels of your Linux distribution, which should provide three packages, a command-line interface and two graphical front-ends, for GTK+ and Qt.
Both GUI front-ends look and act the same, but they have different desktop targets. While the GTK+ interface can be used on GNOME, Xfce, LXDE, Openbox or Fluxbox window managers, the Qt front-end is more suitable for the KDE and Razor-qt desktop environments.