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LiVES is a simple to use yet powerful video effects, editing, conversion, and playback system aimed at the digital video artist and VJ. It runs under Linux, BSD, Mac OS X/Darwin, IRIX, and openMosix. It is frame and sample accurate, can handle almost all types of video, and is fully extendable through plugins and the included plugin builder tool. It can also be controlled remotely using OSC.

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  20 Apr 2014 13:22

    Release Notes: Some regressions from 2.2.3 were fixed: compiler issues with libav and a problem with GTK+ 3 < 3.8.0.

    •  13 Apr 2014 14:44

      Release Notes: Data processing plugins are now in both video and audio threads. A crash when loading the device map was fixed. A bug that prevented audio changes from being recorded when audio analyzers are running was fixed. Updates were made for GTK+ >= 3.8. HAVE_AVFORMAT_FIND_STREAM_INFO is now defined in decplugin/ A workaround for missing av_set_pts_info() in libav was implemented. A fix was made to handle changed option order in ffmpeg. Updated translations to Russian, Piemontese, Uk English, Spanish, and Ukranian are also included.

      •  10 Dec 2013 21:39

        Release Notes: Fixes a crash in the new multi-threaded renderer.

        •  10 Dec 2013 17:39

          Release Notes: Fixes a major error introduced in 2.2.0 that could break files when inserting frames. Audio insert/encode problems for some non-standard frame rates are also fixed. Optimizations were made for copy/insert.

          •  01 Dec 2013 14:59

            Release Notes: Several bugs and regressions have been fixed, including a crash in swscaler when the image width was not a multiple of 4, a crash (regression) when setting fx params in multitrack, recent breakage in multiple image loading, recent bugs in "Edit/Delete" and opening previews (instant opening clips), and missing audio encoding in "Encode Selection". Some areas were optimized: opening and closing the fx mapper window, letterbox mode playback, loading and saving layouts in multitrack, and thread locking between audio and video threads. In the data connector you can now map param data outputs to multiple param inputs.

            Recent comments

            18 Dec 2006 20:15 salsaman

   fixes the bug in 0.9.8.

            Anybody who downloaded 0.9.8 (between 16th and 19th December 2006), should upgrade to ASAP.

            18 Dec 2006 15:12 salsaman

            LiVES 0.9.8 try 2
            Anybody who downloaded 0.9.8 before 19th December 2006, should download the current version. There was a serious bug to do with file saving/reloading in that version.

            31 Dec 2005 07:58 salsaman

            0.9.5 audio playback bug fixed !
            There was a bug in the first release of 0.9.5 which prevented audio playback. I have now fixed this and posted a revised version.

            04 Sep 2003 16:14 salsaman

            Image loading in 0.7.5
            I've just noticed image loading is broken in 0.7.5. This is the result of some bad coding in 'smogrify'. To fix this, edit /usr/bin/smogrify, and change the lines:

            # get number of frames
            if ($count>0) {
            # double check number of frames
            for ($i=$count;$i--;$i>0&&$found==0) {
            if (-f $name) {


            # get number of frames
            if ($count>0) {
            # double check number of frames
            for ($i=$count;$i>0&&$found==0;$i--) {
            if (-f "$name$img_ext") {

            26 Jun 2003 11:33 salsaman

            Version 0.6.5
            This is mainly a bugfix release for some annoying issues that ended up in 0.6.0

            One new feature has been added, midi synch. See the CHANGELOG for more details.


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