Linux always has issues when it comes to software. Many are saying that Linux lacks software and packages that Windows have. What they don’t’ know is that Linux is GNU. This means that developers develop Linux for free. One of the most intrigued package categories here is the Multimedia Category. They say they lack good photo-editing software and image-editors.

I’m here to show you my top 2 picks when it comes to image-editing and video editing.

Video Editors

Cinelerra is the most advanced non-linear video editor and compositor for Linux. It includes a video compositing engine. This allows user to do keying and mattes. It also has s support for very high-fidelity audio and video: it processes audio using 64 bits of precision, and can work in both RGBA and YUVA color spaces, using floating-point and 16-bit integer representations, respectively. What more is that it can support any video of any speed and size.

  • LiVES

It is a free software video editing program and VJ tool. IT has a mixture of realtime video performance and non-linear editing in one program. The beautiful part here is that it would let you start editing your videos immediately without the worry about formats, frame sizes or framerates. It can mix and switch clips from the keyboard, use dozens of realtime effects, trim and edit your clips in the clip editor, and bring them together using the multitrack timeline.

Image Editors

This is of course, the choice of many. Photoshop has all the features an image-editor can ask for. It has all the manipulating tools, enhancing tools and tricks you may ask for. No more explanation needed. Its no. 1 spot in the market tells it all.

Note: Photoshop has no native Linux Support. You need Wine (a Windows emulator) to run this. Install Wine on the Synaptic Package Manager to be able to install Photoshop.

  • GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

It is a powerful and feature-packed image editor that can run on many platforms such as Windows, Linux and Mac.
It has a huge amount of enhancing tools that lets you perform advanced image retouching and manipulation. Your output work can be in many popular formats like JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, and even PSD. (Surprising isn’t it?)
What more surprising is that it is free and has native support on Linux! You can find it on your Synaptic Package Manager.