LiVES (LiVES is a Video Editing System)
is a free software
video editing program
tool, released under GNU General Public License
. There are binary versions available for most popular Linux
distributions (including Ubuntu
, Fedora Core
). There are also versions for BSD
, and it will run under OSX/Darwin and IRIX
The main developer of LiVES is Salsaman
(Gabriel Finch), who is also a video artist and international VJ.
The project was begun in late 2002, and it is expected that the 1.0 version will be released some time in 2008.
On the Freshmeat site, LiVES is listed as the 4th most popular non-linear video editing software despite being still a beta release.
The LiVES application allows the user to manipulate video in realtime and in non-realtime. The application also has features which go beyond traditional video editing applications - for example, it can be controlled and monitored remotely over a network, and it has facilities for streaming to another copy of LiVES.
LiVES uses a system of plugins for effects, encoders and video playback. The API's for these are now well defined, and the application can be easily extended.