Open Source Video Editing with Jahshaka

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 24, 2007
Updated • May 26, 2013
Software, Video

Not many free or open source video editing software programs exist and many people rely on commercial programs like Adobe Premiere to transfer videos from a camcorder for instance to edit, cut or convert the video.

Jahshaka is a open source video editing program that offers its users a huge functionality that can almost be compared to those commercial programs.

Jahshaka looks like a complex tool when you first open it but that feeling quickly fades when you start to use it as it uses an intuitive easy to work with interface.

I think that it would be a good idea to take a look at the beginners tutorial to understand the main features and the program interface. This has helped me a lot. Basic steps include loading one or more clips which do not have to be movie files but can be image files as well. You could use the image files for instance to blend in some logos before the clip starts.

I'm not a video editing professional and don't use all the features that Jahshaka provides  - I'm happy that it does everything that I need a video editing software to do. I tried Jahshaka 2.0 RC4 although 3.0 RC1 was already out. Not sure though which new features have been introduced by this new version. Please let me know what you think of this tool if you give it a try.

Update: The program website returns a MySQL error for some time now and it is not clear when and if the issue will be resolved. An alternative to Jashaka is Virtual Dub which you can use to process videos. While the interface may not look like much, it is a powerful program to edit videos.

I suggest you take a look at the documentation first to get started as it is not the easiest program to work with. You also find tutorials on how to use the program on various Internet sites.

Update 2: The program is no longer available. Check out Virtual Dub instead. You can still download the latest version of the program from third party software repositories such as Softpedia.


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  1. waldwicht said on January 24, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Great application. Reminds me of Autodesk Combustion

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