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OpenShot Video Editor
Original author(s)Jonathan Thomas
Developer(s)OpenShot Studios, LLC
Initial releaseAugust 2008; 15 years ago (2008-08)[1]
Stable release
3.1.1[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 20 April 2023
Written inPython, PyQt, C++ (libopenshot library)
Operating systemWindows, macOS, Linux, ChromeOS
Available in172 languages
TypeVideo editing software

OpenShot Video Editor is a free and open-source video editor for Windows, macOS, Linux, and ChromeOS. The project started in August 2008 by Jonathan Thomas, with the objective of providing a stable, free, and friendly to use video editor.[1][4][5][6][7][8]

The program supports Windows, macOS, and Linux ever since version 2.1.0 (released in 2016).[9] OpenShot added support for ChromeOS in version 2.6.0 (released in 2021).[10] There is an unofficial portable version beginning in 2020.[11]

OpenShot is written in Python, PyQt5, C++ and offers a Python API.[12] OpenShot's core video editing functionality is implemented in a C++ library, libopenshot. The core audio editing is based on the JUCE library.

Video formats and codecs supported[edit]

Screenshot of OpenShot Video Editor 1.4.3

OpenShot supports commonly used video compression formats that are supported by FFmpeg, including WebM (VP9), AVCHD (libx264), HEVC (libx265), and audio codecs such as mp3 (libmp3lame) and aac (libfaac). The program can render MPEG4, ogv, Blu-ray and DVD video, Full HD, 4K UHD, 8K UHD, and 16K UHD videos.[13]


  • Cross-platform video editing software (Linux, macOS, Windows and ChromeOS).
  • Support for many video, audio, and image formats using the FFmpeg library. For a full list of supported formats, see the FFmpeg project.
  • Powerful curve-based Key frame animations. The key frames interpolation mode can be quadratic bezier curves, linear, or constant, which determines how the animated values are calculated.
  • Desktop integration (drag and drop support, native file browsers, window borders).
  • Unlimited tracks / layers Tracks are used to layer images, videos, and audio in a project. Any transparency will show through the layer below it. Tracks can also be moved up, down, or locked.
  • Clip resizing, scaling, trimming, snapping, rotation, cutting, alpha, and adjusting X,Y location.
  • Video transitions with real-time previews. The quickness and sharpness of the transitions can also be adjusted using keyframes (if needed). Overlapping two clips will create a new transition automatically.
  • Compositing, image overlays, watermarks When arranging clips in a video project, images on the higher tracks/layers will be displayed on top, and the lower tracks will be displayed behind them. Much like a stack of paper, items on top cover up items below them. And if you cut any holes out (i.e. transparency) the lower images will show though.
  • Title templates, title creation, sub-titles.
  • 3D animated titles (and effects) using Blender.
  • Advanced Timeline, with features including: Drag & drop, scrolling, alignment, panning, zooming, slicing, preset animation and settings, etc.
  • Frame accuracy (step through each frame of video) with keyboard support.
  • Time-mapping and speed changes on clips (slow/fast, forward/backward, etc...).
  • Audio mixing and editing features, such as displaying waveforms on the timeline, or even rendering the waveform as part of your video. You can also split the audio from your video clip, and adjust each audio channel individually. Note: audio must be recorded separately and added in as a track, as openshot does not have a audio dub feature.
  • Digital video effects, including brightness, gamma, hue, greyscale, chroma key (bluescreen / greenscreen).


  • A 2010 review of version 1.0 found it to be of alpha quality and not suited for productive use by the general public.[14]
  • In 2011, TechRadar recognized OpenShot Video Editor as the Best Linux Application of 2011.
  • On March 31, 2017, a review by Bryan Lunduke on Network World lauded Openshot 2.3 for "its new transformation tool and title editor—as well as its smooth performance".[15] Lunduke also positively mentioned the Linux distribution-agnostic packaging under usage of AppImage.[15]
  • In 2018, ReShift awarded OpenShot a Tech Award in the Video-Editing category. The Tech Awards are a shared initiative of The Netherlands biggest and most influential techmedia: Computer!Totaal, PCM,, Computer Idee,, Techpanel, Power Unlimited, and
  • TechRadar's Oct 2020 review gave it 2 out of 5 stars,[16] suggested the program was stable but "some features don’t work making editing frustrating".
  • TechRadar's Jul. 2022 review gave it 3 out of 5 stars, stating that "the new tools mostly add useful features" and praising the editing interface as being "extremely flexible".[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Nestor, Marius (1 October 2015). "OpenShot 2.0 Video Editor to Be Released Soon for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows 10". Softpedia.
  2. ^ "OpenShot 3.1.1 Released | Improved Tracker & Object Detection, Bug Fixes & Quality-of-Life Improvements". 20 April 2023. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  3. ^ "OpenShot Video Editor | Simple, powerful, and free video editor for Linux!". OpenShot. 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  4. ^ Stahie, Silviu (1 June 2015). "OpenShot Video Editor to Get a Ten-Fold Increase in Performance Speed". softpedia.
  5. ^ "Free OpenShot Video Editor is Tremendous". PCWorld. 17 June 2011.
  6. ^ "OpenShop video editor big in 2014".
  7. ^ Dale, Brady (5 August 2015). "These Free Video Editors Can Match the Pricey Ones' Features". Observer.
  8. ^ Schroder, Carla. "How To Make Movies in Linux With OpenShot -". - The source for Linux Information. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-10-03.
  9. ^ Thomas, Jonathan (30 Aug 2016). "OpenShot 2.1 Released!".
  10. ^ Thomas, Jonathan (25 Aug 2021). "OpenShot 2.6.0 Released - AI + Computer Vision + Audio Effects!".
  11. ^ Caswell, Gord (2020-01-15). "New: OpenShot Portable 2.4.4 (video editor) Released". PortableApps. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  12. ^ Thomas, Jonathan. "OpenShot Video Editor for Windows, Mac, and Linux by Jonathan Thomas". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2022-04-30.
  13. ^ "OpenShot Video Editor | Features".
  14. ^ Loli, Eugenia (2010-01-11). "OpenShot: A Prematurely Released Video Editor – OSnews". OSnews. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  15. ^ a b Lunduke, Bryan (2017-03-31). "Linux video editor OpenShot 2.3 impresses: New tools, fast performance". Network World. Retrieved 2017-04-02. OpenShot is distributed via appimage. That means they provide a single binary that can be run on just about any modern Linux distribution. I personally tested this out on openSUSE Tumbleweed with great success—but it should run just as easily on Debian, Fedora or others. I love this approach to distributing software directly from the developers.
  16. ^ Paris, Steve (2020-10-25). "OpenShot 2.5.1 review". Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  17. ^ Paris, Steve (2022-07-18). "OpenShot 2.6.1". TechRadar. Retrieved 2023-07-05.

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