Kino Video Editor
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Kino is a non-linear DV editor for GNU/Linux. It features excellent integration with IEEE-1394 for capture, VTR control, and recording back to the camera. It captures video to disk in Raw DV and AVI format, in both type-1 DV and type-2 DV (separate audio stream) encodings.

You can load multiple video clips, cut and paste portions of video/audio, and save it to an edit decision list (SMIL XML format). Most edit and navigation commands are mapped to equivalent vi key commands. Also, Kino can export the composite movie in a number of formats: DV over IEEE 1394, Raw DV, DV AVI, still frames, WAV, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4. Still frame import and export uses gdk-pixbuf, which has support for BMG, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PPM, SVG, Targa, TIFF, and XPM. MP3 requires lame. Ogg Vorbis requires oggenc. MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 require mjpegtools or ffmpeg. MPEG-4 requires ffmpeg.


  • Free Software (GNU GPL)
  • GTK+ 2.0 UI
  • XML SMIL 2.0 project file format
  • OSS or ALSA audio playback
  • GDK or XVideo video playback
  • online help
  • Peer and developer support forums
  • User interface translated to Danish, Swedish, French, Czech, Spanish, Russian, Italian, German, Hungarian, and Norwegian.
  • Extensible project metadata system.
  • Ability to "publish" project file and still frames using an extensible scripting interface.
  • Integrated publishing to the web video sharing site

Media Support

  • DV-based (libdv and ffmpeg DV codecs)
  • PAL or NTSC
  • AVI (type1 or type2) or Raw DV files. with large AVI (OpenDML) and LFS (>2GB) support
  • Optionally, Quicktime DV format


  • IEEE 1394 (Linux 1394) capture and export
  • IEEE 1394 transport control (AV/C)
  • USB Jog/Shuttle transport control


  • Fast and frame-accurate navigation/scrubbing
  • vi keybindings
  • GUI transport controls, scrub bar, and shuttle control
  • Storyboard view with drag-n-drop
  • Trimmer with 3 point insert editing
  • Fine-grain thumbnail viewer (Timeline, but not a typical NLE timeline)
  • Drag-n-drop from file manager
  • USB Jog/Shuttle input
  • Undo/Redo up to 99X


  • IEEE 1394 DV Export
  • Export audio as WAV, Ogg Vorbis (oggenc), MP3 (lame), or MP2 (mp2enc)
  • Export (and import) multiple still frames as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, PPM, and others
  • Export audio/video as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 (with mjpegtools or ffmpeg)
  • Integration with DVD Video authoring utilities
  • Export raw DV via pipe, which is extensible with shell scripts.

Effects General

  • Background generator: solid colour, gradient, colour range, noise, and image import
  • Effects preview
  • Effects plugin API

Video Filters

  • Black/White
  • Sepia tone
  • Reverse (i.e. inverse or negative)
  • Mirror
  • Kaleidescope
  • Swap (flip)
  • Fade from black
  • Fade to black
  • Blur (triangle)
  • Soft focus
  • Color Hold
  • Titler
  • Superimpose
  • Charcoal drawing
  • Jerkiness
  • Brightness, contrast, gamma
  • Hue, saturation, and value
  • White balance (color temperature)
  • Pan and Zoom
  • Pixelate

Video Transitions

  • Fade to/from colour
  • Dissolve
  • Push Wipe
  • Barn Door Wipe
  • Colour Differences (and Similarities)
  • Extensible wipes with numerous common/SMPTE wipes (box, bar, diagonal, barndoor, clock, matrix, fourbox, iris, checkerboard)
  • Blue or green chroma key
  • Compositing with key frames, transformations, and wipes!

Audio Filters

  • Silence
  • Fade In/Out
  • Gain envelope
  • Dub (from file)
  • Mix (from file)

Audio Transitions

  • Crossfade