We rely heavily on Kdenlive, as we shoot and edit video for our website, Roku and YouTube channels almost daily.
Running version 15.12 became a chore, when about 3 days ago, it started crashing. Either just freezing up, or force closing itself in the middle of an edit. Not something you want happening when working against a deadline!
With nothing showing up in the logs, it was time to figure out what was going on through trial and error.
First thing I did was do a reinstall of the software. reboot, and try again. Same problem…
Next, I tried using the Package Manager to do a Complete Uninstall of Kdenlive. This is supposed to delete not only the software, but also the configuration files. After doing the uninstall, then a reinstall, I tried running the program again. Still broken…
There was only one thing left to try, and of course that turned out to be the problem.
Because I use a wide array of graphic elements over and over with each new edit project, I always started with a saved master file that would load my most used graphics, ready for use. After the master file was loaded, I’d then load the video clips I wanted to use, and then save that project to the desired name; usually the current date.
Seems my master.kdenlive file was corrupt! Starting over from scratch, and building a new master project file, cured the problem completely.
Files can get corrupt for a number of reasons. Hard drives starting to go bad, lost bits after a back and restore, or in my case after some reflection; our cat running under my desk and yanking the power cord out of the socket!
Lesson learned , if a much used project file is crashing; build a new one!