Configuring the KDEnlive Editor
KDEnlive can be run by searching for it in your applications area and clicking on it's icon. It is normally listed under the "Sound & Video" or "Multimedia" category:
When you start KDEnlive for the first time, the Config Wizard will display. This will guide you through all the steps needed to configure the software for use. If there are no major errors (-such as the MLT one described in the previous section), the "Next" button will be enabled: click it to continue:
The next dialogue has two tabs showing which capabilities ("Modules") and AV formats ("Codecs") are installed: check these carefully to see that everything you require is listed with a tick (check mark) next to it. If things are missing, you are missing some of the libraries and you'll need to locate and install them if you need them. Assuming things look good, click "Next" to continue:
The next dialogue allows you to pick the main format that your video will be shot in.
As shown below, I generally use, 720P ("HD Ready") @ 30 FPS (Frames Per Second), which is normally good enough quality without creating huge datafiles. However, if your camcorder supports other formats (-such as Full HD/1080P @ 60fps), pick the format best suited to your final display target: if you are shooting video for the Web, then 1080P is probably overkill but if you will be premiering your masterpiece on a 47" screen, then you will surely need it!
Once your preferred format is selected, click "Next" to continue:
You will then be asked where you want KDEnlive to keep it's workfiles and whether you want to enable various options. Check or uncheck as desired and click "Next" to continue::
KDEnlive will then attempt to autodetect any audio/video capture devices attached to your computer. Note that this is mainly for Webcams and there is no need to attach your camcorder at this point. If you do have a webcam, but it's not attached - simply do so now, then click the "Check" button to try again. Click "Next" to continue, once everything looks good:
KDEnlive will then perform a final check: anything that passed will have a bigtick preceding it. Scroll down this list looking for any problems - if it all looks good, just click the "Finish" button:
Note: it's in this list that you might see the Xine problem in the previous section
If all went well, you should be presented with the KDEnlive main screen: