The first step is creating a new (empty) folder for our new project. I will call it
quickstart-tutorial/ in this tutorial. Then get some sample video clips, or download them from here:kdenlive-tutorial-videos-2011-avi.tar.bz2 (7 MB), and extract them to e.g. a
quickstart-tutorial/Videos/ subfolder inside the project folder.
The image on the left shows the suggested directory structure: Each project has its own directory, with video files in the
Videos subdirectory, audio files in the
Audio directory, etc. (read more)
(The tutorial from now on assumes that you use the sample videos provided, but it works with any.)
Open Kdenlive and create a new project ( → ).
Choose the previously created project folder (
quickstart-tutorial/) and select an appropriate project profile. The video files provided above are 720p, 23.98 fps. If you are using your own files and don’t know which one to use, Kdenlive will suggest an appropriate one when the first clip is added  , so you can leave the field on whatever it is.