Call for testing the Pitivi 1.0 RC

Pitivi 1.0 is scheduled to be released on Monday, May 20th. All the important bugs we were aware of have been fixed.

To fix one of the last issues, Thibault very recently rewrote the timeline/layers/clips management in GES, and this might have introduced new bugs. While we have lots of tests which all pass, they don’t cover everything.

We ask you to test the 1.0 RC! Grab a bunch of video files shot with your phone or camera and make some video out of them, trying various features. Tell us if you notice problems, and if you can reproduce them please file an issue describing the steps to reproduce the bug.

You can find us in the #pitivi IRC channel on FreeNode, or in this bridged Pitivi Matrix room.

How to install

To install the Pitivi 1.0 RC, simply run:

flatpak install

If there are conflicts, you can uninstall the conflicting installation.

How to test

Start Pitivi from the console, and keep it in view to notice any warnings or errors which might show up:

flatpak run org.pitivi.Pitivi//stable

You should be able to use any video file supported by GStreamer, but we officially support only a limited set of formats. If the file appears in the media library with a warning sign, right-click it and select proxy to create an optimized media file used automatically instead of the original.

Most useful would be to test the timeline editing, which should be responsive and precise. Try for example splitting and trimming clips, moving them around. Try ungrouping audio-video clips to make the respective video shorter than the audio. Overlap clips to create cross-fade transitions.

If time allows, you can also try adding effects, for example adding a background to a green screen. Mix diverse footage formats in the same timeline. Make a slideshow and include title clips and background music.

For reference, see the user manual. At the end, please render it and show us what you did!


3 thoughts on “Call for testing the Pitivi 1.0 RC”

    1. Thanks a lot for your feeback! You might be interested in checking where we discuss something very similar to what you proposed for the waveform colors.

      Could you provide us with the updated icon set ? What you are proposing looks very promising and if you could simply open a bug report here: I would love to discuss applying those changes, and someone will do the work if you do not know how to do it yourself.

      About the rendering defaults… I tend to think we should make it happen before 1.0 actually! Opened a bug: and made it a blocker for 1.0


    2. Great presentation! Like thiblahute said, we’re already working on some of these in that merge request. Feel free to join the discussion, or chat about it at

      Transition colors: I agree, I like the 3rd option. But we should open an issue and do some research on how others do it before jumping into making the changes. Maybe there’s a better way to represent them.
      Effect Icons: 4K seems too much for icons. I think up to 512px or 1024px is enough.
      UI Icons: Most of these are already done in Master and the timeline merge request. The only one missing is the toolbar.

      You can join us at and open issues for these (and other) things if you’d like. Mockups are appreciated too 🙂


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