LiVES is an open source piece of software that allows users to edit video files on GNU/Linux computing environments, as well as various Unices like BSD, Solaris, IRIX, openMosix, and OSX/Darwin. Supported architectures include 64-bit, 32-bit, PPC (PowerPC), and Xbox/x86.
The software has been designed from the ground up to provide users with a plethora of video effects, video editing, video conversion, and video playback functionality, while being stable, reliable, as well as easy to maneuver and understand.
Features at a glance
Key features include a desktop-independent graphical user interface written in GTK+, support for a wide range of video and audio streams, multitrack functionality, effects, transitions, custom extendable through RFX plugins, as well as support for skins/themes.
It supports various video input formats, such as external window capture, VCD and DVD selections, remote stream capture, multiple or single image files, Yuv4mpeg video streams, LiVES set format and backup files, v4l2 webcams, Firewire cameras, as well as TV cards.
On the audio front, the application supports the MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, Audio-CD, Mod (tracker), XM (tracker), video playback during audio recording, as well as external audio sources through PulseAudio and JACK sound servers.
Supports a wide range of audio and video file formats
The application can load and edit a plethora of video and audio file formats, especially those supported by the MPlayer software, and can encode file to over 50 output formats, including MPEG4, MPEG, MPEG-2, H.264, MP4, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Theora, MJPEG, VCD, SVCD, DVD-Video, OGM, Matroska, DV, XviD, SWF, Dirac, MNG, Snow, as well as animated PDF and GIF files.
In addition, it supports LADSPA audio plugins, audio resampling, real time previews, audio/video auto-transitioning, automatic gain control, video panning, targeted/random zooming, as well as the Frei0r effect plugin architecture.
Summing up, LiVES is a great video editor software backed by the powerful FFmpeg multimedia framework and MPlayer video player software. It can be used on any GNU/Linux operating system and supports a wide range of desktop environments.