This guide covers Kdenlive 0.7.4+ (SVN revision 3495). It starts with the initial run of the program and describes the various features available in the user interface.
The wizard first inspects the version of MLT installed on the system. MLT is the engine which performs the heavy lifting in Kdenlive, so it is critical that the correct version of MLT is installed and working correctly.
MLT in turn relies on FFmpeg to handle various types of audiovisual material. The wizard displays the capabilities of the local FFmpeg installation, because this essentially determines the type of video material Kdenlive can handle.
Once the wizard is complete, the main window appears.
Kdenlive's menu bar doesn't really respect established user interface guidelines. Instead of documenting the current layout, this section will soon link to some change proposals.
Copy, Paste etc.
A total of 8 different docking panels provide access to many of the editing tools in Kdenlive. They may be docked, tabbed, floated, or hidden in any conceivable configuration.
Transition allows editing the transitions between two clips on the timeline. Several types are available.
Custom effects are described below.
Capture monitor allows you to directly capture video from a number of sources:
The bottom panel in the window holds the timeline. The timeline gives you a visual representation of your project, and shows when clips start, when they end, and in the case of overlapping clips, which one is actually being used. The timeline can contain multiple audio and video tracks, where you can add sound and video clips respectively and other fancy stuffs (transitions, titles, ...)
A status bar is located at the bottom of the timeline. This bar provides information about your project and also holds some useful icons.
You can use it to select the update or razor tool, zoom the timeline, toggle on/off the thumbnails for video and audio, and decide to show or not markers and snappoints. It also displays the timeline time of your cursor.
(This older image is missing the spacer tool, but there is a rendering glitch on my Kdenlive build which clips the status bar, so I went with this image)
This section is an unordered collection of pages. Each one describes a feature in Kdenlive, but I've not yet decided how to organize them into the manual.