Building VLMC

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Building VLMC from source

This wiki page has information on building VideoLAN Movie Creator (VLMC) from source.

VLMC is a free video editing software, offering features to realize semi-professional quality movies, but with the aim to stay simple and user-friendly.


VLMC requires a c++ compiler (g++), cmake, Qt(4.6+), libVLC and frei0r plugins.

Getting the code

You can fetch the current VLMC working tree using Git:

$ git clone

Do the same for VLC (as described in GetTheSource):

$ git clone git://

Building VLMC on Linux

Following is the cleanest way of compiling VLMC (commands for *nix OS)

1. Compile and install libVLC, libVLC is required by VLMC (you can also install VLC using your Linux distribution), for example:

$ cd path_to_vlc_src
$ ./bootstrap
$ ./configure --your-options-here (see --help)
$ make
# make install

2. For Compiling VLMC:

$ cd path_to_vlmc_src
$ mkdir build && cd build
$ cmake ..
$ make

3. Run VLMC:

$ ./vlmc

Building VLMC in developer mode

By default, VLMC enables a crash handler, which is responsible for saving a backup of the project in the event of a crash.

While this might be handy for the users, it makes life harder on developers, since a debugger would attach to the daemon process instead of VLMC.

In order to disable this, you'll need a tool such as ccmake, or cmake-gui, to disable the WITH_CRASHHANDLER option.

Alternatively, you can invoke cmake with -DWITH_CRASHHANDLER=OFF flag

Cross Compiling VLMC for Windows on Linux

VLMC can be cross-compiled for Windows, on Linux using mingw:

$ cd contribs
$ sh
$ cd ..
$ mkdir win32 && cd win32
$ cmake -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=../cmake/toolchain-win32.cmake ..
$ make

Compiling on Mac OS


  • Build tools: Xcode command-line tools
  • homebrew

Get the sources:

$ git clone

Get the actual dependencies:

$ brew tap tomahawk-player/tomahawkqt5
$ brew install make
$ brew install vlc
$ brew install qt5
$ brew install frei0r

Compile vlmc:

Now cd to root source directory and build:

$ mkdir build && cd build
$ cmake ..
$ make

This will by default create a Mac Bundle, in /build/bin

To create a dmg image:

To create a dmg image, uncomment #dmg in /src/CMakeLists.txt, at the end of the file.

This creates the app/dmg in <build-directory>/bin

Packaging VLMC

  • On Linux, you can create deb/rpm package by using:
$ make package
  • You can create NSIS installer for Windows using cross-compiling on Linux:
$ make installer

Start hacking ;-)