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For some of us more inclined to work on Linux for film making, there are plenty of professional quality tools available.

If we start with Non Linear Editing:

kdenlive : Kdenlive is an acronym for KDE Non-Linear Video Editor. It is primarily aimed at the GNU/Linux platform but also works on BSD and MacOS. It is currently being ported to Windows as a GSOC project.

Kdenlive is an open source video editor. The project was started around 2003. Kdenlive is built on Qt and the KDE Frameworks libraries. Most of the video processing is done by the MLT Framework, which relies on many other open source projects like FFmpeg, frei0r, movit, ladspa, sox, etc…
Our software was designed to answer most needs, from basic video editing to professionnal work.
Kdenlive is developed by a small team and new contributors are welcome.

Supports FFMpeg, ProRes, H.264, AVCHD, DNxHD, DIVX, HDV, Quicktime

Suppports multi track video editing, any audio/video format, configurable interface and shortcuts, extensive titler, supports many effects and transitions, audio and video scopes, proxy editing, atomatic backups, keyframeable effects, etc.



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For compositing, try Natron


It offers robust and efficient tools for compositors to get their job done fast with high quality results.

32 bits floating point linear color processing pipeline.
Colorspace management handled by OpenColorIO.
Dozens of file formats supported: EXR, DPX, TIFF, PSD, SVG, RAW, JPG, PNG … and more.
Support for OpenFX v1.4
Support for many free and open-source OpenFX plugins:
OpenFX-IO : to read anything else than standard 8-bits images (bundled with pre-compiled versions of Natron).
OpenFX-Misc : A set of basic nodes, such as Transform, chroma keyer, etc… (bundled with the pre-compiled versions of Natron).
OpenFX-Arena : A set of extra nodes (bundled with the pre-compiled versions of Natron).
OpenFX-OpenCV : A set of plugins based on OpenCV.
OpenFX-Yadif deinterlacer : An open-source efficient de-interlacer.
OpenFX-Vegas SDK samples
OpenFX samples (in the Support and Examples directories)
Support for commercial OpenFX plugins:
RevisionFX products
NeatVideo denoiser
Furnace by The Foundry
KeyLight by The Foundry
GenArts Sapphire
Other GenArts products
Universe by Red Giant Software
Ignite by HitFilm
And many more.


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Then there is Jahshaka for compositing as well.

Jahshaka is bringing you the future of immersive digital content creation. It combines a virtual desktop with a powerful asset management system and a immersive 3d content creation engine with full VR support. Jahshaka is free software, developed as an open source project under the GPL licence, and is designed to run on Windows, OsX and Linux.

Core features and functionality
Powerful project management virtual desktop
3D animation with per object timelines
Made for VR – Integration with Oculus Rift, other devices coming soon
Bezier and linear animation at the object and world level
Asset management module with online integration
Particle effect system
Physics engine with collisions
Full assortment of lights with shadows
Material and shader engine
Reflection and refraction
2D and 3D texture support
3D hi-res skyboxes
Support for a wide variety of 3D objects
Post processing capabilities for aliasing, blurs and more
Publish to the web using the JahWorld API


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For 3D modelling and effects, there is Blender.

Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. Supports rendering, modelling, animation, VFX, simulation, pipeline integration, game creation, video editing, scripting, etc.



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