Open Source iMovie Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to iMovie is OpenShot, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to iMovie and 13 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to iMovie are Kdenlive (Free, Open Source), Avidemux (Free, Open Source), Shotcut (Free, Open Source) and Olive Video Editor (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 18, 2021

    1. We designed OpenShot Video Editor to be an easy to use, quick to learn, and surprisingly powerful video editor. Take a quick look at some of our most popular features and capabilities.
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      OpenShot vs iMovie opinions
      Most users think OpenShot is a great alternative to iMovie.
      s3ptk1 Familiar interface and full-featured app that can replace imovie for users that don't have access on non-mac platforms
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      ndlinn Great alternative with one key distinction: that the Windows version is NOT in any way comparable to the Linux version! You'll need to find another alternative for Windows.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

    2. Kdenlive is a non linear video editor. It is based on the MLT framework and accepts many audio and video formats, allows you to add effects, transitions and render into the format of your choice.
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      Some users think Kdenlive is a great alternative to iMovie, some don't.

    3. Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting.
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      Avidemux vs iMovie opinions
      Some users think Avidemux is a great alternative to iMovie, some don't.
      Avidemux is superb as a quick cut and convert-tool, but it is not a full fledged video-editor
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

      Simple for cutting existing movies. Save/export is extremely fast.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      Avidemux is not simple to use
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

      Lacks the ability to easily select part of a source video.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

    4. Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform, non-linear video editor.
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      Most users think Shotcut is a great alternative to iMovie.
    5. Olive is a free non-linear video editor aiming to provide a fully-featured alternative to high-end professional video editing software.
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    6. VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms (98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/7), licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).


      The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version,, released on October 27, 2013, can be still downloaded from SourceForge

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      This alternative is disputed. VirtualDub is still a legitimate alternative to iMovie, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    7. PiTiVi is an open source non-linear video editor, written in Python and based on GStreamer and GTK+.
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    8. Cinelerra is a highly advanced and professional non-linear video editing software, but still remains open source. Cinelerra solves three main tasks: capturing, editing and compositing.
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    9. Flowblade is a multitrack non-linear video editor for Linux released under GPL 3 license.
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    10. non-linear video editor targeted for home video editing.
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