Kdenlive Surpasses Fundraising Goals, Might Actually Work With Kubuntu?


In a blog announcement last week, developer ttill announced he had started a fundraising campaign at IndieGoGo, a kickstarter-like crowd-funding hub designed to bring projects to life that would otherwise not have seen the light of day.  Well, Kdenlive has already seen the light of day and has been kicking around the KDE project for quite sometime, but it has seen better days…

In order to get up to snuff and stay ahead of its opensource competition, ttill found a way to fund full-time development on the project for 2 months using IndieGoGo.

From the announcement:

With an ever growing code base Kdenlive has become harder and harder to maintain and to develop further. To drastically improve this situation we worked out a plan to refactor Kdenlive’s code at the KDE developer sprint in Randa last summer. However since we are all short of time you haven’t seen any of promised work done yet.

But now you have the possibility to help. I will be able to work on Kdenlive full time in May and June. To do so however I need an income. We therefore created a funding campaign on IndieGoGo. While you might not be interested in the code improvements itself sure you are in the resulting benefits: When the code is easy to maintain less bugs occur. Developers have more time to work on new features. It’s easier to attract new developers which accelerates progress.

If you want to donate to the project and fund current development, go right ahead!  After only a few days, the project reached it’s goal of $4000 dollars and has since surpassed it by over $700!  This is great news for Kdenlive’s users.  Kdenlive user Kevin Deldycke is currently the top contributor, donating $200 to the project, but there is a great reason for you to trump his donation!  If you donate $1000 to the project, Kdenlive is willing to implement any feature rewuest you have.

So, what are you waiting for??  Donate!

Now, as for Kubuntu.  Let’s get some quality packages going in the project’s PPA so that we can stay up-to-date!



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  • http://omgubuntu.co.uk/ Joey-Elijah Sneddon

    Ace news!

  • Joehulanweberson

    keep up the good work on kdenlive.

    don’t worry about wasting time on kubumtu. no one uses it anyway.

  • http://uncensored.citadel.org/ IGnatius T Foobar

    Happy user here — I tried a lot of different Linux video editors and Kdenlive was the most intuitive, the most usable, and I’m not even a KDE desktop user. This is a project worth supporting.

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  • Jerry

    Why Kubuntu? Are you allergic to other distros? Your blog is full of anti-non-Ubuntu distros. Don’t spread hate.

    • http://profiles.google.com/deanhowell2 Dean Howell

      Did you just make a triple negative?

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  • Sven

    one of my son’s desktop runs Kubuntu 11.10 and has been running that distro since 10.10 and he and his friends use KDEnlive all the time to make snowboard and skateboard videos and it works fine. I remember I used someone’s PPA for the latest KDEnlive packages and its been working ever since.

    really is a great program with a low learning curve (none of my son’s buddies use Linux outside of our house and they dont seem to have problems editing videos).
    Still needs a few more things like size estimates before you start rendering (especially when you send videos often it would be nice to have a preset where you could day ‘make this under 10mb’) but having used Imovie and Windows Movie Maker, KDEnlive has nothing to envy.

    Kids use KDEnlive, Audacity, Digikam and LMMS constantly around here.