Cinelerra (video editor) is now Available for Ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04!

For those of you who don’t know (which is highly unlikely), Cinelerra is a pretty powerful, non-liner video editor designed especially for the GNU/Linux platform. Some time ago I did write a review about it in my old blog and had few complaints of it not being able to work properly on Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric.

But the developer announced that now they’ve fixed those issues and have working packages for both Ubuntu 11.10 and the upcoming 12.04 Precise Pangolin!.

Although I won’t go into details since I’ve already wrote about it but Cinelerra is a pretty powerful tool that comes with a lot of visual effects (both audio and video), easily cut/paste video clips, overlay support, a big list of multimedia container support.

You can install Cinelerra in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 12.04 Precise Pangolin, 10.10 and 10.04 by simply using its PPA channel. For that, open the Terminal window and type in the below commands.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:cinelerra-ppa/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cinelerra

Update (12/07/2012): In the repository, ‘Cinelerra’ package is now called ‘cinelerra-cv’ So after entering the above two commands, please use the below one.

sudo apt-get install cinelerra-cv

Big thank goes to ‘Adrien’ for mentioning it!.

That should do it dudes. Enjoy!.

20 thoughts on “Cinelerra (video editor) is now Available for Ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04!”

  1. HEllo dude, thanks for the info. I just did trit. But Thereś an error That has been bothering me from long ago. Supposedly when you add a picture or video in a video track you should see it with some thumnails through the bar. But in my case I done see anything. I just installed cinellera again with the method you explain but nothing it stays the same. Any idea about this? Thanks

    • Hello there!,

      I don't actually use Cinelerra a lot. So I cannot say much.

      But just out of curiosity, does it happen all the time or only happens with some type of files ? (if so, then it could be because those file types are not supported by "Cinelerra") …

      But if it happens all the time, then I'm not sure why. Sorry about that :/.

  2. Nope, does not work. Relatively clean install of 12.04 and I've got broken packages.

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:

    cinelerra : Depends: libesd0 (>= 0.2.35) but it is not installable

    Depends: libguicast1 (= 1:2.2-0.3~ppa1~precise5) but 1:2.2-0.9~ppa1~precise1 is to be installed

    Depends: libmpeg3cine (= 1:2.2-0.3~ppa1~precise5) but 1:2.2-0.9~ppa1~precise1 is to be installed

    Depends: libquicktimecine (= 1:2.2-0.3~ppa1~precise5) but 1:2.2-0.9~ppa1~precise1 is to be installed

  3. Have been wating Cinelerra to Ubuntu's official repositories since 2006. Well… it's not going to happen. Can't trust any ppa.

    • Hello 'trotsky',

      I understand your point, however, this PPA is linked from the Cinelerra's official web site, so I think it's pretty safe :).

  4. I am using Voyager 12.04… (64bit) and it all works with no issues… thanks for taking the time to write the post, it saves people like me hours of work and we greatly appreciate your efforts to make our life easier!

    • You are welcome ‘snydez’ (actually, it was ‘Adrien’ – above, who pointed that out). And yes, a simple change in the name can jeopardize everything :).

  5. Thanks for the nice directions, I was finally able to install CInelerra. But…

    Is there an error file or something in cinelerra that logs errors? Every time I try to do something, like splice something into the timeline, the whole program shuts down. It will also shut down if I move the frame slider in the compositor window.

    I wonder if this is because I have an AMD64 computer ? I don’t know I am lost.

    Thanks for any guidance.


    • Hi ‘Frank’,

      I’m not sure if there’s one mate, and I don’t have it installed to check it out either.

      Although I’m not entirely sure, have you looked at the ‘.cinelerra’ folder (if there is one) in your ‘Home’ folder ?

      P.S: Have a look at this section of ‘Cinelerra’ manual, it contains some useful tips for troubleshooting (including crash handling) …


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