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Top 10 Linux Alternatives To Adobe Premiere

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Originally published Nov 03, 22, updated Dec 19, 22

Undoubtedly, Adobe products are being used worldwide commercially, but for people with smaller budgets, several high-quality products are available for Linux. Different Adobe Premiere Alternatives for Linux are available, which have a relatively lower cost or are free of charge.

This article will discuss the best alternatives to Adobe Premiere for Linux, which are listed below. Before going through each of them, let’s first check if we can install Premiere Pro on Linux System.

Can I Install Premiere Pro On My Linux System?

No, Adobe Premiere Pro is not available to install on Linux systems. You have to go for its different alternatives,

In this article
    1. DaVinci Resolve
    2. OpenShot
    3. Pitivi
    4. Shotcut
    5. Avidemux
    6. Cinelerra
    7. Kdenlive
    8. Lightworks
    9. Flowblade
    10. Open Movie Editor
  1. How to Choose an Alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro for Linux?

Best 10 Alternatives to Adobe Premiere Pro for Linux

1. DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve, a tool being used as an alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro for Linux, provides features like color correction, editing, motion graphics, and audio post-production.

It is easy to learn and use, yet a handy tool for professionals. Using DaVinci Resolve, you can build your multi-user post-production studio.

DaVinci Resolve interface is divided into different pages, providing you with a dedicated workspace for a specific task. You must buy the paid version to get access to all features.

davinci resolve under expereince

Main features:

  • Multi-user collaboration
  • Color correction
  • All-in-one software for post-production
Pros
  • Multiple resolutions and formats are available.
  • Quick processing
  • Advanced audio processing
Cons
  • Some features are limited only to the paid version
  • Confusing interface
  • Requires much CPU capacity

Supported OS: Linux, Windows (version 8 and 10+), OSX (11+)

Best for:

DaVinci Resolve is best for professionals as well as for day-to-day use. It has all the basic as well as professional working programs.

Price: 295$ for DaVinci Resolve Studio

Ratings: 4.1/5

According to TrustRadius Ratings, DaVinci Resolve has almost 75% of 9-10 reviews. A total of 18 positive and two negative reviews.

Summary & user review

DaVinci Resolve is the software that can solve most of your editing-related problems. With many editing options, it is the tool for all your projects. Both free and paid versions are available. A TrustRadius Ratings and Reviews review states, “ None like it out there.”

2. OpenShot

OpenShot is an easy-to-use, simple-to-understand, and surprisingly powerful video editing tool designed to make video editing straightforward. OpenShot is an alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro for Linux, and its features make it a valuable and handy video editing software.

It is available in 70+ languages. It might be lacking some features for professional use, but it contains all the essential video editing tools for daily use.

openshot under expereince

Main features:

  • Unlimited tracks
  • 3D Animation
  • Trim and Cut
  • Title Editing
  • Different video effects
Pros
  • Completely free
  • It can be used as a video editing learning tool
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Keeps crashing
  • Time-consuming tool
  • Can’t create good quality animations

Supported OS: Linux, Windows (version 7,8 and 10+), OSX (10.15+)

Best for:

It is best for most users for day-to-day use, but it is not recommended for professional use. You should use other video editing tools for professional and advanced video editing.

Price: Free

Ratings: 4.5/5

According to G2 Ratings, OpenShot has almost 85% of 9-10 reviews. A total of 27 positive and one negative review.

Summary & user review

OpenShot video editor is a free and easy-to-use tool for beginners and primary users. With many features and editing options, such as removing the background from the video, inverting color, adjusting brightness, slowing down or speeding up, and reversing the video, it can help create a good-quality video. A review regarding OpenShot on G2 Ratings and Reviews states: “Easy to use even for beginners.”

3. Pitivi

Pitivi video editor is an alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro for Linux. It is a simple and unique video editor, that is free and comes with a lot of video editing and transforming features.

It is software designed for beginners and is suitable for creating simple and basic videos for social media platforms like Facebook and TikTok. Its easy user interface makes it a user-friendly tool.

pitivi under expereince

Main features:

  • Automatic backups
  • Enhanced audio effects
  • Framerate independent timeline
  • Background processing of video being edited
  • Animations, filters, and different transitions
Pros
  • Completely free
  • Easy to use
  • Audio can be edited precisely
  • Changes in the video can be seen in real-time
  • Automatic backup
  • Background processing of thumbnails
Cons
  • Only basic editing can be done
  • Not recommended for professional use
  • Lagging issues
  • Compatible with Linux only

Supported OS: Linux

Best for:

Best for beginners and people with primary use. Day-to-day videos for social media use can easily be edited.

Price: Free

Ratings: 4.3/5

According to Slant Ratings, Pitivi has almost 75% of 04-05 ratings. A total of 13 positive and 03 negative reviews.

Summary & user review

It is a simple, unique, and free video editor for beginners. Casual and basic editing can be done using Pitivi.

A review on Slant Ratings and reviews states,” Free, open source, and easy to use.”  and this sums it all up.

4. Shotcut

Shotcut is a free, regularly updated video editing software, with powerful features and an easy user interface. It can be used as an alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro for Linux.

It offers a simple, user-friendly UI. Shotcut, in contrast to most free video editors, provides features like chroma key and color correction. It contains all the basic and some advanced video editing options but is not recommended for professional use.

shotcut under expereince

Main features:

  • Incredibly easy keyframing
  • Editing and transitions
  • Exporting
  • Sleek, user-friendly interface
Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Regular updates
  • Advanced effects
  • High-quality input/output support
Cons
  • A bit frustrating because of lag
  • No preview for effects and transitions
  • No stock music
  • Can't upload external subtitles

Supported OS: Linux, Mac, Windows

Best for:

ShotCut is best for beginners and professionals with basic editing needs. It is your go-to editor for editing Youtube or Facebook videos.

Price: 9.79$ at Microsoft US

Ratings: 4.3/5

According to G2 Ratings, ShotCut has almost 85% of 04-05 ratings. A total of 33 positive and 04 negative reviews. A review on G2 Ratings and Reviews states,” Amazing Lightweight Free Basic Video Editor.”

Summary & user review

Shotcut can be used to produce both basic and advanced-level videos. It can be very helpful and handy for professionals in their editing.

5. Avidemux

Avidemux is a perfect tool for simple edits. With limited editing options, it is a very easy-to-use editor for beginners. You can cut, crop, copy or delete parts of your video. 2 or more video clips can also be merged by using Avidemux.

It can render and export at high speeds. Avidemux contains advanced features like a green screen, audio editing, and change speed.

avidemux under expereince

Main features:

  • Audio filters
  • Video filters and transitions
  • Advanced interlacing
  • Open source
  • Container format
  • Encoder
Pros
  • Free
  • Easy interface
  • Standard editing formats available
Cons
  • No updates
  • No customer support
  • No timeline

Supported OS: Linux

Best for:

Avidemux is best for editing, cutting, resizing, and encoding multiple video formats, including MPEG, AVI, MP4, and DVD.

Price: Free

Ratings: 4.5/5

According to G2 Ratings, Avidemux has almost 90% of 4-5 ratings. A total of 8 positive and one negative review.

Summary & user review

Avidemux is a handy video editing software for day-to-day use and it can edit your videos in no time. It is easy to use even for beginners. A review on G2 Ratings and reviews states, “ Avidemux is best for beginners.”

6. Cinelerra

Cinelerra is a free video editing tool that you can use to edit your video and make it look wonderful with different transitions, effects, and texts. Cinelerra is free and open-source software and is considered one of the most used editing softwares for Linux.

It can edit videos of any quality you want and provides you with a perfect video according to your demands. It is helpful for beginners and also handy for professionals.

cinelerra under expereince

Main features:

  • Video and audio editing
  • Different transitions and effects
  • Floating point imaging
  • Color correction
  • Video stabilization
  • Motion tracking
  • 400 plus decoders and 150 plus encoders
Pros
  • Contains all professional features
  • It has 3D editing tools
  • Real-time processing of the video
  • User friendly
Cons
  • Only available for Linux
  • Some codecs are not supported
  • Four windows might get confusing sometimes

Supported OS: Linux

Best for:

It is the best free editing tool for professional and non-professional use. With a lot of video effects and transitions, it makes your video look like a movie.

Price: Free

Ratings: 4.2/5

According to Slant Ratings, Cinelerra has almost 90% of 04-05 ratings. A total of 19 positive and 02 negative reviews.

Summary & user review

Cinelerra is a user-friendly software that has some advanced features like 3D video editing and is free of cost. A review on VideoHelp ratings and reviews states, “The GG version has many professional features. Easy to install too.”

7. Kdenlive

Kdenlive is a free and open-source video editor that can be used in place of Adobe Premiere Pro on Linux. Its best features include multi-track video editing, audio/video formatting, configurable interface and shortcuts, many effects and transitions, audio and video scopes, proxy editing, automatic backup, timeline preview, keyframeable effects, a simple interface, and much more.

Kdenlive lets you use and mix many audio and video tracks, each of which can be locked or muted as needed.

kdenlive under expereince

Main features:

  • Multi tracks editing
  • It supports almost all audio and video formats
  • Many shortcuts available
  • Titler
  • Multiple effects and transitions
  • Automatic backup
  • Timeline preview
  • Keyframing
  • Online resources available
Pros
  • Automatic backup
  • Dozens of transitions and effects
  • User-friendly interface
  • Fast and stable performance
  • Supports 420 plus formats
Cons
  • Basic editing
  • Not recommended for professional use
  • It crashes if you have a slow computer

Supported OS: Linux, Windows, Mac, FreeBSD, Ubuntu

Best for:

Kdenlive is best for casual video editing for social media platforms. Good videos with multiple effects and transitions can be created using this software.

Price: Free

Ratings: 4.1/5

According to Slant Ratings, Kdenlive has almost 70% of 04-05 ratings. A total of 228 positive and 53 negative reviews.

Summary & user review

Kdenlive is a free and open-source editing software that is free and easy to use.

A review on AlternativeTo Ratings and Reviews states, “This is so much more awesome and I worked on it for over 2 hours, and it didn't crash or lag even once.”

8. Lightworks

Lightworks is a video editing software that is used to enhance the content of videos by both film industry experts and social media marketers. Its free version can satisfy most of its users but if you want more advanced features, you'll need to pay for this. It is a video editing tool with multi-track editing capabilities and is also powerful, and customizable.

lightworks under expereince

Main features:

  • Drag and drop interface
  • Color correction
  • Blend modes
  • Rendering effects
  • Applying chromakeys
  • Video routing
  • Keyframing
  • Export to Youtube directly
Pros
  • Multiplatform
  • Audio/Video editing
  • Tutorials available
  • Active user forum
  • Good performance
Cons
  • Export option limited to only 720p
  • Difficult for beginners
  • You've to pay for advanced features

Supported OS: Linux, Mac, Windows

Best for:

Its paid version is best for professionals to create videos with multiple effects and transitions. The free version can also be used for casual video editing.

Price: Lightworks pro is available at 9.99$/month. Its free version is also available.

Ratings: 4.3/5

According to G2 Ratings, Lightworks has almost 75% of 4-5 ratings. A total of 22 positive and 05 negative reviews.

Summary & user review

It is an easy-to-use, advanced, and paid video editing software for Linux for people with a low budget. A review on G2 Ratings and Reviews states, “Good editing platform for intermediate users.”

9. Flowblade

Flowblade is a very famous, easy-to-use, simple, and fast video editor which can be used as an alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro for Linux. Flowblade is an open-source editor that offers all basic editing options.

It has constantly amazed its users with the smoothness of its playback. There is an inbuilt render UI, which makes the process of delivering your work pretty innocuous.

flowblade under expereince

Main features:

  • Editing tool (Insert, Move, Trim, Roll)
  • Audio/Video filters
  • Proxy editing
  • Audio mixer
  • Inbuilt rendering
  • Titler (Multiple text layers)
Pros
  • Powerful
  • Multifunctional
  • Open source
  • Stable
Cons
  • For Linux only
  • Lack of advanced editing features
  • Requires higher display resolutions

Supported OS: Linux

Best for:

It provides a fast, precise, and robust editing experience. It is best for normal day-to-day use.

Price: 24.99$/month; 174.99$/year

Ratings: 4.5/5

According to Slant Ratings, Flowblade has almost 90% of 04-05 ratings. A total of 61 positive and 05 negative reviews.

Summary & user review

Flowblade is advanced, paid, fast, and precise video editing software for people with a low budget. A review on Slant Ratings and Reviews states, “Power, lightweight and multifunctional.”

10. Open Movie Editor

Open Movie Editor is a free and open-source video editing application for generating basic movies. It aspires to be powerful enough for the inexperienced filmmaker while being simple to use. It can be used as an alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro for Linux.

It helps to create titles in Inkscape. The Open Movie Editor supports a variety of file formats, frame rates, frame sizes, video codecs, and video containers. The Open Movie Editor provides a range of Tools and Filters for adjusting colors and improving the appearance of your videos.

open movie editor under experience

Main features:

  • Color grading
  • Filter effects
  • Different Audio/Video formats
  • 3D video editing
  • Text overlay
  • HD resolution
Pros
  • Simple
  • Free
  • 70 plus languages
  • Export your project in 4K, 60FPS
Cons
  • Crashes very often
  • Rendering speed is slow
  • Hard to control video effects

Supported OS: Linux, OS X, Windows

Best for:

It is best for casual use and video editing with limited features. For professional work, you should opt another video editor.

Price: Free

Ratings: 4.0/5

According to Slant Ratings, Open Movie Editor has almost 60% of 04-05 ratings. A total of 25 positive and 16 negative reviews.

Summary & user review

It is a simple, free, and easy-to-use video editor that can edit and export videos in high resolutions.

A review on Slant Ratings and Reviews states,” An easy to use and powerful video editor.”

How to Choose an Alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro for Linux?

Out of these 10 software discussed above, which software you want to use is still a bit confusing. If you need basic editing software that is free and open source, you should go for Kdenlive

DaVinci Resolve provides advanced editing features such as color correction, and multi-track editing. This can be your choice if you have a good budget.

Lightworks and Flowblade are the best options if you have got a low budget and need advanced editing options. They provide a good value for money experience.

Open Movie Editor, Cinelerra, Avidemux, OpenShot, and Pitivi are free and easy-to-use software that are the best options for beginners.

Besides, if you are going to switch from Linux to Windows or MacOS. Wondershare Filmora can be your good choice to go. It owns built-in stock media and features that are not so complicated as compared to other software.

Final Words

It has been discussed in detail that there are many free as well as paid editing software that can be used for Linux. Adobe premiere pro is not available for Linux, so one must go with any of these above-mentioned editing products. Free versions are for beginners as they contain basic editing features but paid versions can fulfill the demands of professional moviemakers too.

You can download and install any software according to your demands very easily as they are available on the app store. In the absence of adobe premiere pro, these products add such effects and transitions to your videos/films that make them amazing and thrilling to watch.

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown Dec 19, 22
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