@episcopo: Yeah, there are not a whole lot of options as far as easy to use and relatively powerful Linux Editors. OpenShot, Avidemux, and another one which I'm totally blanking on are viable options in a pinch but neither are close to even something like Adobe Premiere Elements in terms of UI and features.
Ah, here it is: Cinelerra: http://cinelerra.org/about.php
I never had much success with it though that could hav just been me :P
@WolfOfOne: Cinelerra is supposed to be fairly powerful. I tried to use it once, but after unsuccessfully spending several hours attempting to compile it from source, I gave up. Looks like they have since came out with binary packages for more distros, so I might check it out again. Last time I looked at it, there were only Ubuntu packages available (and I wasn't using Ubuntu), but they have most of the popular distros covered now.
@CROM: Hmm, may have to give it another try. When I tried it, it was a nightmare getting it to work with Mint (should be that hard since it's similar to Ubuntu.. right!? lol). After a weekend, I managed to get it installed with the help of some Linux guru friends but then it didn't like my video formats... so I just said F* it and bought Adobe Premiere for Windows heh.
And now I'm going to have to buy CS6 when it comes out because I cannot stand the "feature" (yeah, feature my ass) where it pauses playback if you click anywhere outside of the interface. lol.
@episcopo: Nope, that's just how it is. There's a bunch of threads of people complaining about it but Adobe never did anything about it. Some people argue that it is a "feature" because it keeps you focused and /obviously/ no one is going to want to use any other program while also running adobe being professional video editors and all (despite the version I have being /consumer/ software) <code></sarcasm></code>. I guess they finally listened and are allowing people to have the program not pause playback in CS6.
It looks like some other options are LIVES, Kino, and Kdenlive. I may have to try the former two, in the screenshots I saw they look pretty straightforward.