LiVES mixes realtime video performance and non-linear editing in one professional quality application. It is designed to be simple to use, yet powerful. It is small in size, yet it has many advanced features.
Using LiVES, you can start editing and making video right away, without having to worry about formats, frame sizes, or framerates. It is a very flexible tool which is used by both professional VJ's and video editors - mix and switch clips from the keyboard, use dozens of realtime effects, trim and edit your clips in the clip editor, and bring them together using the multitrack timeline. You can even record your performance in real time, and then edit it further or render it straight away.
For the more technically minded, the application is frame and sample accurate, and it can be controlled remotely or scripted for use as a video server. And it supports all of the latest free standards.
- Frame and sample accurate editing
- Edit video in realtime or non-realtime
- Works with almost any type of video
- Fully extendable through plugins
- Can be controlled via keyboard, joystick, MIDI or remote network (OSC compatible)
- Integration with pulse audio and jack audio
- Dozens of video effects, both rendered and realtime
- Compatible with various effects framworks: projectM, frei0r, libvisual and LADSPA audio
- Instant previews
- Unlimited video and audio tracks in multitrack mode
- Encoding to over 50 different video types
- Ultra fast save/restore for projects in progress
- Full crash recovery
- VJ keyboard control during playback
- Mix clips and apply effects during playback, as well as changing the speed and direction of play
- Fully multithreaded / multi core for both playback and rendering
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It's an excellent program in its own right. The process of converting frames into individual images is a good tool when performing special effects editing and composition, the live VJ features are a nice touch, and the direct connection to the Jack Audio Connection Kit is a very unique feature among video editors in Linux. That being said, the software is very poorly named. This is not a problem in the use of the software, but the use of any search engine to find information on this software package, whether it's to find tutorials or tricks (or solutions to problems) results in a huge amount of false positives. Granted, you can search on specific websites for more specific results, and the addition of Linux in the search can have a better chance of getting something relevant, but this still makes finding information on the tool (outside of its own website) difficult at best. All in all, I hope to see more of this package, and especially to eventually see a more unique name that makes it more searchable over all.