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OpenShot Video Editor
OpenShot logotype.svg
Screenshot of OpenShot.png
OpenShot main window
Original author(s) Jonathan Thomas
Developer(s) Jonathan Thomas
Andy Finch
Helen McCall
Olivier Girard
Initial release August 2008; 7 years ago (2008-08)[1]
Stable release 1.4.3 / October 1, 2012; 3 years ago (2012-10-01)[2]
Preview release 2.0 / January 11, 2016 (2016-01-11)
Written in Python
Operating system Linux
Type Video editing software
License GNU GPL v3[3]

OpenShot Video Editor is a free and open-source video editing software for Linux, built with Python, GTK, and the MLT Framework. The project was started in August 2008 by Jonathan Thomas, with the objective to provide a stable, free, and friendly to use video editor.[1][4][5][6][7][8]

OpenShot features[edit]

  • Support for many video, audio, and image formats (based on FFmpeg)
  • GNOME integration (drag-and-drop support)
  • Multiple tracks
  • Clip resizing, trimming, snapping, and cutting
  • Video transitions with real-time previews
  • Compositing, image overlays, watermarks
  • 3D Animated Titles (by using Blender on the background)
  • Title templates, title creation, sub-titles
  • SVG friendly, to create and include titles and credits
  • Scrolling motion picture credits
  • Solid color clips (including alpha compositing)
  • Support for Rotoscoping / Image sequences
  • Drag and drop timeline
  • Frame stepping, key-mappings: J,K, and L keys
  • Video encoding (based on FFmpeg)
  • Key Frame animation
  • Digital zooming of video clips
  • Speed changes on clips (slow motion etc.)
  • Custom transition lumas and masks
  • Re-sizing of clips (frame size)
  • Audio mixing and editing
  • Presets for key frame animations and layout
  • Pan and Zoom functionality
  • Digital video effects, including brightness, gamma, hue, greyscale, chroma key (bluescreen / greenscreen), and over 20 other video effects

OpenShot provides extensive editing and compositing features, and has been designed as a practical tool for working with high-definition video including HDV and AVCHD.

Video formats and codecs supported[edit]

Openshot supports commonly used codecs like WebM, AVCHD (libx264) and audio codecs like mp3 (libmp3lame) and aac (libfaac). The program can render blu-ray and DVD video, and Full HD videos for uploading to internet video websites.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Marius Nestor (1 October 2015). "OpenShot 2.0 Video Editor to Be Released Soon for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows 10". softpedia. 
  2. ^ "OpenShot Video Editor | Download". Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  3. ^ "OpenShot Video Editor | Simple, powerful, and free video editor for Linux!". 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  4. ^ Silviu Stahie (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. ^ Brady Dale. "These Free Video Editors Can Match the Pricey Ones’ Features". Observer. 
  8. ^ Carla Schroder. "How To Make Movies in Linux With OpenShot -". - The source for Linux Information. 

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