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Making Movies in Linux with Kdenlive, part 2 - page 2

Spice up Those Kdenlive Videos

  • May 27, 2010
  • By Akkana Peck

Adding music

Clips don't have to be video. Kdenlive will open audio files too -- a WAV file recorded from your microphone, or an MP3 or OGG music file.

Of course, the usual copyright concerns apply with any music you add. If you're planning to publish your movie on youtube or any other public site, you probably should stick to music with free licenses. If you're at a loss, try browsing music on Wikimedia commons -- there's some great stuff there!

Load your music file as a clip, set the start and end points just as with a video clip, then drag the clip down to one of the tracks in the timeline. You'll probably want to give it a track to itself (Figure 7).

<em>figure 7</em>
figure 7

If your video clips also include sound, and you'd prefer they not interfere with the music, each track in the timeline offers the option to Mute track.

Of course, you can use more than one music track, and transition from one to the next, just as you can with video clips.

Adding titles

After all this work, you want some credit. So put credits at the beginning and end of your movie. Project->Add title clip is just the ticket (Figure 8).

<em>figure 8</em>
figure 8

It gives you basic control over fonts, sizes and colors, and you can load a still image as well.

If you want your title to display on top of your video while the video is running, set the background opacity to 0 rather than 255. Of course, you can add effects to your titles just like any other track, fading or dissolving them into whatever comes before or after.

Kdenlive has a lot of flexibility -- this article barely scratches the surface. It also has a helpful developer community -- when I hit the timeline bug in 0.7.5, the folks on kdenlive's IRC channel were great about pointing me to the newest version and helping me recover without losing the work I'd already done. A friendly community is always a big plus for me when choosing software!

Akkana Peck is a freelance programmer and writer and author of the book Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional. She also spends way too much time fiddling with reconfiguring her Linux distros.

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