Video Editing Tools: An Introduction to Jahshaka

Jahshaka is one of the popular video editing tools that allows for professional level audio and video editing. If you're looking for a program that's freely available without charge for video and audio editing, Jahshaka is one of the best options available, and should feature prominently on your list of options. Everytime a new version of Jahshaka is released, it improves in terms of both stability and the features it offers.

About Jahshaka

Jahshaka is promoted as being functional on many platforms, offering users the chance to use it with Windows, Linux or Apple Mac. Because of this feature, Jahshaka has the potential to radically alter the am-pro scene as far as animation is concerned. Since it's still an open-source application, it doesn't yet run perfectly. For that reason, it is recommended for intermediate users who are ready and willing to negotiate any hurdles in the software that arise.

It would be unfair to label Jahshaka as merely an editing program. When we think of editing programs, we think perhaps of Adobe Premiere or Garage Band, and the reality is that Jahshaka couldn't be more different from those. Editing using Jahshaka is performed in real time, but without any of the very complicated tasks required of many high-end editing tools. The way Jahshaka works lends itself well to multi-user projects that can be instantly edited together and shared over the Internet. The fact that it is open source software is very impressive indeed.

Set Up and Installation

Jahshaka installs simultaneously with JahPlayer, which is a media player. Together they take up approximately 35MB, which is a very small amount of space when compared to other editing programs with a similar number of features. Initial set up involves the configuration of files and the setting of formats for whatever you wish to edit. It's possible to make this process as in depth as you want it to be.

Ease of Use

Jahshaka benefits greatly from being a cross platform program, and some of the best evidence of this is in the fact that it its interface is like neither Operating System X nor Windows. Even those who are very much used to editing video and audio regularly are likely to need a good deal of time to get accustomed to the Jahshaka interface. There is logic there, though, and once you have figured out the finer points of how it works, you are likely to find the old systems you used to be lacking by comparison. Having a good graphics card will really help to speed up the process when you're using Jahshaka.


The only problem worth mentioning with Jahshaka is that it tends to crash occasionally. As improvements continue to be made to the software, instances of this are becoming rare, and it is to be expected that stability will one day be wholly reliable.

It is surprising that such high quality software as Jahshaka can still be free and available to anyone. It begs to be used.