Kdenlive version 24.05 lets you prepare videos for social media

Kdenlive is one of the best video editors for Linux. It is an open source offering that stands for KDE Non-Linear Video Editor and is based on tools like Qt, FFmpeg and the MLT framework.

Many editors are happy with the editing experience it offers, and quite a few are switching from Adobe Premier Pro to avoid a paid subscription.

Like many other KDE offerings, Kdenlive receives regular updates; a new major version was announced just a few days ago.

Let's take a look, shall we?

Kdenlive 24.05.0: What to expect?

a screenshot of kdenlive 24.05.0

Since Kdenlive 24.05.0 is a major release, the focus is on delivering numerous bug fixes and improvements. Key highlights include:

  • Better audio recording
  • Different aspect ratios
  • Improved performance
  • Local subtitle translations

Better audio recording

a screenshot of the default recording folder and recording settings subdirectory of kdenlive 24.05.0

Thanks to community contributor Lev Maslov, audio recording functionality is making a comeback using Qt6.

Users can now also set the default recording folder in the project container and take advantage of a new setting that allows recordings to be saved in a subdirectory of the project folder on local storage.

Different aspect ratios

a screenshot of the aspect ratio selection screen of Kdenlive 24.05.0

Kdenlive is aimed at social media content creators and now supports the display of different aspect ratios such as Horizontally (16:9), Vertical (9:16)And Square (1:1). The The vertical option is the perfect choice if you want to create short contentlike YouTube Shorts and Instagram Reels.

You can access it in the Render widget, which will show you a drop-down menu with the corresponding options.

Improved performance

There are also many performance improvements with Kdenlive 24.05.0!

Take, for example, the speed increase when moving clips with the Spacer tool, faster timeline operations, faster sequence changes and better AV1 NVENC support.

Local subtitle translations

a screenshot of the speech recognition settings menu of Kdenlive 24.05.0

From this version onwards it is now possible Translate subtitles automatically with SeamlessM4T. The best thing is that everything happens on siteyou just need to download the required model data before you can proceed.

a screenshot of various subtitle options in kdenlive 24.05.0

Kdenlive's subtitles have also received additional improvements, including the ability to add bold/italics to text, set the maximum number of characters per line, and display the output in the speech recognition dialog for better feedback.

Further changes

Finally, there are a few other important changes you should know about:

  • You can now double-click the timeline to select a title.
  • More filter options for file selection when importing clips.
  • Introducing a new way to create/edit external camera proxy profiles.
  • Many fixes for multi-container handling to ensure stability and usability.
  • A solution for unwanted folder creation when opening Windows project files.

You can find out more about the technical changes in the detailed release blog.

Get Kdenlive 24.05.0

The latest version is available for Linux, WindowsAnd MacOS (Apple Silicon and Intel) on the official website.

The following packages are available for Linux: AppImage And Flatpack.

If you are interested in the source code, check out the Invent repo.

💬 Are you excited to start editing videos with this version? Do you have another tool in mind?

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