Install Avidemux 2.6 in Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04

Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.

This simple tutorial is going to show you how to install Avidemux 2.6 GTK version in Ubuntu 12.10 & 12.04. Avidemux 2.6 is a major rewrite of all the avidemux internals. It means that it will work better in most cases, but works worse in some. You can keep 2.5 and 2.6 installed at the same time, and it is probably a good idea.

Changelog :

  • Deal with time and not assume constant framerate. You can now edit your .ts and keep a/v sync.
  • OpenGl filters (only Qt4/mac & linux)
  • Support for more scripting language : Spidermonkey, TinyPy and QtScript
  • Support for hardware accelerated framework : VDPAU for the moment.
  • Multiple audio tracks support (in / out)
  • Everything is a plugin, you can write your own (muxer/demuxer/filter/…).

Be specially wary of the “Too short” error message. It means avidemux encountered something wrong about the timing. The output is most probably incomplete. There is also updated win32 binaries, 2.5.6-1, that solve some crashes.

Install Avidemux 2.6.x GTK in Ubuntu 12.04 & 12.10:

1.) Go to Ubuntu Software Center -> Software Sources… -> Other Software tab. Click Add and type in this to add the getdeb repository.

deb precise-getdeb apps

This is for Ubuntu 12.04. For Ubuntu 12.10, change the release code to quantal.

2.) Hit Ctrl+Alt+T, copy and paste this command into terminal and hit run to add the key:

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

3.) Run following 2 commands to update and install Avidemux:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install avidemux2.6

If you want the latest 2.5.6, run this command:

sudo apt-get install avidemux

Once installed, open it from the Unity Dash Home.

If you get immediately a crash on windows after loading a video, make sure you disable openGL in preferences.


  1. vanad says:

    Very thanks for tutorial! Usefull, I need it.

  2. anarkifate says:

    Your are my god!!!

  3. xentek says:

    Ive tried installing it, but an error comes up stating cannot load glade files… help

  4. Lise A says:

    How to disable openGL:

    But for me this just leads to a crash of ubuntu, so that’s not the solution …

  5. Clancy says:

    On ubuntu 12.04 all i get is “Could Not Open Glade File”. thats it. :-(

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