Imagine you collected a bunch of home videos (in my case, with a surfcam) and you want to make them into a coherent stream. Imagine you want the finished product to look cool, or at least watchable. Imagine you want to do this on Linux. What are your options, and how do they work out?

I took the time to test the five major Linux contenders in the space, and published the results below. Here the list of software tested:

  • Cinelerra
  • LiVES
  • Kdenlive
  • OpenShot
  • PiTiVi

You’ll be surprised at how things worked out!