Open Source Audio-Video: 8 Replacements for Expensive Applications

  • Open Source Audio-Video: 8 Replacements for Expensive Applications

    8 Open Source Audio-Video Apps
    These open source audio-video applications replace expensive apps, and in many cases offer enhances functionality.
  • Audacity

    Audacity
    Replaces Apple Logic Pro X, FL Studio Producer Edition A favorite with home Linux users, Audacity can record multi-track audio, capture streaming audio, digitize recordings from other media, import files, edit and mix tracks, and much more. It includes a long list of built-in effects, and it has detailed analysis tools for visualizing sounds. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS
  • Frinika

    Frinika
    Replaces Apple Logic Pro X, FL Studio Producer Edition This Java-based tool offers "a complete music workstation" for creating any kind of music. To hear samples of music created and edited with Frinika, you can listen to the SoundCloud demos. Operating System: OS Independent
  • LMMS

    LMMS
    Replaces Apple Logic Pro X, FL Studio Producer Edition Although its name originally stood for "Linux Multi-Media Studio," this music production tool now supports all the major operating systems. It claims to be "made by musicians, for musicians" and promises easy use. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS
  • Blender

    Blender
    Replaces AutoDesk Maya Designed to handle professional 3D animation tasks, Blender includes tools for modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking. It's useful for creating video games as well as films. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS
  • Cinelerra

    Cinelerra
    Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer Cinelerra was designed to be "useful and fast" with a minimalist but powerful interface. It is descended from software under development since 1998. Operating System: Linux
  • OpenShot Video Editor

    OpenShot Video Editor
    Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer This award-winning video editor is easy to use but surprisingly powerful. Key features include unlimited tracks, video effects, animation, keyframes, audio waveforms and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS
  • Kdenlive

    Kdenlive
    Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer Short for “KDE Non-Linear Video Editor,” Kdenlive has been around since 2003 and incorporates source code from many other open source projects. It currently runs only on Linux, macOS and FreeBSD, but a Windows version is in the works. Operating System: Linux, macOS
  • Avidemux

    Avidemux
    Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer Ideal for simple video editing and filtering tasks, Avidemux supports a wide variety of file formats. It also has job queue and scripting capabilities for batch jobs. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS
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Open Source Audio-Video: 8 Replacements for Expensive Applications

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  • 8 Open Source Audio-Video Apps

    Open Source Audio-Video: 8 Replacements for Expensive Applications

    These open source audio-video applications replace expensive apps, and in many cases offer enhances functionality.
  • Audacity

    Audacity

    Replaces Apple Logic Pro X, FL Studio Producer Edition A favorite with home Linux users, Audacity can record multi-track audio, capture streaming audio, digitize recordings from other media, import files, edit and mix tracks, and much more. It includes a long list of built-in effects, and it has detailed analysis tools for visualizing sounds. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS
  • Frinika

    Frinika

    Replaces Apple Logic Pro X, FL Studio Producer Edition This Java-based tool offers "a complete music workstation" for creating any kind of music. To hear samples of music created and edited with Frinika, you can listen to the SoundCloud demos. Operating System: OS Independent
  • LMMS

    LMMS

    Replaces Apple Logic Pro X, FL Studio Producer Edition Although its name originally stood for "Linux Multi-Media Studio," this music production tool now supports all the major operating systems. It claims to be "made by musicians, for musicians" and promises easy use. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS
  • Blender

    Blender

    Replaces AutoDesk Maya Designed to handle professional 3D animation tasks, Blender includes tools for modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking. It's useful for creating video games as well as films. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS
  • Cinelerra

    Cinelerra

    Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer Cinelerra was designed to be "useful and fast" with a minimalist but powerful interface. It is descended from software under development since 1998. Operating System: Linux
  • OpenShot Video Editor

    OpenShot Video Editor

    Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer This award-winning video editor is easy to use but surprisingly powerful. Key features include unlimited tracks, video effects, animation, keyframes, audio waveforms and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS
  • Kdenlive

    Kdenlive

    Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer Short for “KDE Non-Linear Video Editor,” Kdenlive has been around since 2003 and incorporates source code from many other open source projects. It currently runs only on Linux, macOS and FreeBSD, but a Windows version is in the works. Operating System: Linux, macOS
  • Avidemux

    Avidemux

    Replaces Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer Ideal for simple video editing and filtering tasks, Avidemux supports a wide variety of file formats. It also has job queue and scripting capabilities for batch jobs. Operating System: Windows, Linux, macOS

Open source audio-video software offers an alternative to paying for expensive proprietary software. And in many cases, the open source options are as good as or better than the comparable commercial, proprietary solutions. In fact, users site the top reasons why they use open source software as: the features, freedom from vendor lock-in and the quality of the solutions. Price and total cost of ownership weren't even on the list. In other words, people are using open source because the software is so good, and the fact that it is free is just a side benefit.

The list of audio-video software below includes a variety of open source software for home users and SMBs. All of these applications can replace commercial products that can carry high prices. Even if buyers choose to purchase support or other services for their open source software, the open source options are generally much more affordable than the comparable proprietary solutions.