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OpenShot Video Editor
Screenshot of OpenShot.png
OpenShot main window
Original author(s) Jonathan Thomas
Developer(s) OpenShot Studios, LLC
Initial release August 2008; 8 years ago (2008-08)[1]
Stable release
2.2 / December 21, 2016; 3 months ago (2016-12-21)[2]
Written in C++
Operating system FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, Windows
Type Video editing software
License GNU General Public License, version 3 or later[3]

OpenShot Video Editor is a free and open-source video editor for FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, and Windows. The project was 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]

Since version 2.0, OpenShot is written in C++, uses the Qt toolkit, and offers a Python API.[9]

Video formats and codecs supported[edit]

OpenShot supports commonly used codecs that are supported by FFmpeg like WebM (VP9), AVCHD (libx264), HEVC (libx265), and audio codecs like mp3 (libmp3lame) and aac (libfaac). The program can render MPEG4, ogv, Blu-ray and DVD video, and Full HD videos for uploading to internet video websites.


Previous versions of OpenShot have been widely criticized as being unreliable.[10][11] Developers responded by saying that the instability of OpenShot comes from the instability of libraries it relies on, specifically the MLT library and GTK Timeline.[12] The OpenShot 2 series uses its own library for video processing, removing the requirement for the unstable libraries. Developers state that this will make the newly released version of the software more stable.

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