Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It’s faster than using a full video editor like kdenlive, and it’s easier to use than a command-line editor like ffmpeg.

Avidemux

You can cut videos using the “A” and “B” buttons to set the start and end of the video, and you can do it without re-encoding by selecting “Copy” under “Video Output” and “Audio Output”.

You can select a video codec and apply some “Filters”. There are plenty of them: Avidemux video filters

  • Change resolution (“Fit to size”).
  • Add a “Fade in” or “Fade out” (add fade duration in “Manual time entry” and select one of the fade types, the most used for video start and ending is “Color blend”). Avidemux fade in filter
  • Color balance, contrast and brightness.
  • Chroma key (replace a “green screen” with an image).
  • And much more, all divided into categories.

You can add or remove audio tracks by clicking “Audio” at the top, and selecting “Select Track”.

Avidemux audio track selection

The “Configure” option under “Video Output” lets you to change video quality and processing speed. If you select “Use advanced configuration”, all tabs will be enabled, with a lot of options to fine-tune the encoding process.

Avidemux video codec configuration

Finally, save the video by clicking on the diskette icon and that’s it. Avidemux is an awesome video editor for simple tasks, with some advanced filters and processing options.