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Pitivi is a free, intuitive and featureful movie editor for the Linux desktop. Free and Open Source. Anything in, anything out. Hundreds of animated effects, transitions and filters. Flexible and efficient. Framerate-independent timeline. True precision. Beautiful audio waveforms. Speaks many languages. Easy to learn. Exciting to master.

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2021.05 (May 30, 2021)


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Version 2021.05
Released: 2021-05-30

New Features:
- Clips in the Media Library can be tagged.
- Drag a keyframe vertically or horizontally by pressing Ctrl.
- Keyboard shortcuts to seek to the previous/next marker.

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Free and Open Source.

Pitivi respects your freedom and keeps getting better with each new release. It will never require licensing fees or use DRM to prevent you from using it whenever, wherever and however you like. Developed collaboratively by people from all around the world, its sole purpose is to be a fantastic video editor to empower people to express themselves through video. Like GStreamer and GES, Pitivi is distributed under LGPL.

Anything in, anything out.

As long as it is well supported by the GStreamer Multimedia Framework, Pitivi will accept any format you throw at it.

Hundreds of animated effects, transitions and filters.

Not only do you have access to over 70 industry-standard transitions and more than a hundred video and audio effects, you can add true dynamism to your films by animating all the effects' properties over time with keyframes.

Flexible and efficient.

Packed with time-saving features such as realtime trimming previews, ripple and roll editing, grouping and snapping, realtime assets management and searching, playhead-centric zooming and editing, non-modal cutting, detachable interface components, smooth scrolling, automatic zoom adjustment, Pitivi allows you to cut with ease. Like a ninja with a vibroblade.

Framerate-independent timeline.

Some video editing applications only allow you to use footage that has the exact same framerate inside a project. Well, our timeline is like the honey badger: it doesn't care.

True precision.

Others say they're frame-accurate; we say that's not enough. We're accurate to the nanosecond. Because we can.

Beautiful audio waveforms.

Visuals are only a tiny part of the story. A movie without balanced and well-timed sound is amateur at best. Pitivi provides you with a clear and accurate representation of loudness, so you can balance things out or easily detect patterns for beat matching, clap synchronization or simply cutting to the music.

Speaks many languages.

Thanks to the tireless work of the GNOME translation and localization teams, Pitivi is available in many languages. Your language is not listed there? Make it happen.

Easy to learn. Exciting to master.

You have better things to do than dealing with cumbersome user interfaces or reading through books just to get started. Resulting from years of experience and analysis, our user interface is intuitive and self-documenting: it provides you with all the contextual hints you need to grasp the essentials without needing to dive into the user manual all the time. But if you want to do something more complicated or want to better understand the tenets of our design, our fully-searchable, topic-oriented and multilingual user manual is right there, at your fingertips.

It grows on you and grows with you.

In addition to providing you with the best video editing software possible, nothing is more important to us than encouraging you to adapt and improve Pitivi and GES. After all, you should truly own your software. The reason we can keep improving with each release is because you get involved.

Natural desktop environment integration.

Pitivi integrates best with the GNOME desktop or any Linux desktop environment, really. We don't just look pretty alongside other GTK applications though: we help redefine the desktop experience by working closely with toolkit and theme designers to suit our needs and push the whole ecosystem forward.

Automatic project backups that actually work.

Once created, your project is always safe. With Pitivi, you can even cut the power or crash the entire computer and Pitivi will offer you to restore from the last automatic checkpoint. Best of all: Pitivi won't try to second-guess you. We've seen enough examples out there of applications that can't be trusted to handle backups correctly.

Background processing.

Pitivi generates thumbnails and waveforms in the background, without disrupting your workflow.

No need to reinvent the wheel.

With the GStreamer Editing Services library, we are laying solid foundations for the future based upon over a decade of experience. Built atop the giant shoulders of the industry-standard GStreamer multimedia framework, GES reduces fragmentation and risk while allowing diversity for application writers and adaptability for all kinds of purposes.

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What, you wanted a boring list of features?

Unlimited video/audio track layers
Full undo/redo history
Frame stepping, keyboard controls and shortcuts
Trimming, splitting/cutting
Ripple edits/roll edits
Sound mixing of multiple concurrent audio layers
Volume keyframe curves
Keyframable audio effects
Audio waveforms
Keyframable video effects
Opacity keyframe curves
Video thumbnails with two-stage caching
SMPTE video transitions
Ability to specify custom aspect ratios and framerates
Ability to create presets for project settings and rendering
Welcome dialog that helps you start a project or load recent projects in two clicks
Ability to preview video, audio and image files directly in the file chooser before importing
Fast, playhead-centered zooming
Mousewheel integration with modifier keys for timeline navigation
Grouping and ungrouping of clips
Importing support for all video/audio/image formats provided by GStreamer plugins. Pitivi was the first open source video editor to support the Material eXchange Format for professional digital video and audio media.
Rendering in any container and codec properly supported by GStreamer plugins
Nanosecond precision
Accepts both timecodes and frames
Automated project backups
Tarball export
Commandline processing and rendering mode using GES
Scripting capabilities using GES
Written in Python, with a clean and modular codebase
Hardware-accelerated and touch-capable user interface

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Looks superb! As GStreamer has been ported to Windows, and Python is cross-platform, can we expect a Windows version soon perhaps? Keep up the cool work!

Review by ZQX on Dec 17, 2009 Version: 0.13.3 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

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