OpenShot is still a young project, and not many people have heard about it. That's why I'm so excited that a nice story was posted (in French) on www.sum-up.fr. Thanks to Cenwen for putting this together. I really appreciate the help in "spreading the word"!

If anyone else has posted an article about OpenShot, please let me know so I can link to it, and let everyone know about it. Also, if you have any videos made with OpenShot (worth sharing) :) please send me a link and I'll post them.


As you might (or might not) have noticed, there are a few new buttons at the top of www.OpenShotVideo.com. I'm hoping this helps new users get more information about OpenShot much quicker than skimming through a blog.

You might also have noticed the "Videos" button. Today I have published the first ever screencast of OpenShot. I demonstrate a few basic features and export a sample video. Enjoy the show!


Here is our final feature announcement in our 4 for 4 special: a much improved timeline and new video play-back controls. Many of these features are based on comments and feature requests I've received on this blog. I do listen to all suggestions, so keep them coming! =)

Timeline Improvements:

  • Video thread is now initialized when OpenShot starts
  • XML is only re-generated when timeline is modified
  • Any video changing action (i.e. play button, arrow keys, dragging play-head) updates the preview window. You no longer have to hit the "play" icon to start the preview window.
  • Timeline / project length can now be adjusted
  • Many optimizations (and some bug fixes) with drawing the timeline and dragging clips and transitions
There are now 6 ways to control video playback:
  • Video controls (i.e play button, seek buttons)
  • Dragging the play-head
  • Dragging the mouse on the timeline ruler
  • Using the J, K, and L keys
  • Using the arrow keys (left, right, up, down)
  • Dragging the slider under the video preview (this is % based). This will always let the user quickly seek from the beginning of the video project to the end (i.e. from 0% to 100%)
[here are the 6 ways to control video play-back]

[project / timeline length can now be adjusted]

Well, this has been fun posting 4 blogs in 4 days. It has helped remind me of how far we've come since starting this project. Just for grins, here are links to OpenShot's first 4 blog entries:
Want to help support OpenShot? The easiest way to help out is to post comments and feedback to this blog. I hope everyone realizes that I really listen to your feedback. If you have no feedback, you can still send us some encouraging words, such as "hell yeah!", or "this rocks!". =)


The 3rd new feature in our 4 for 4 special is the Export Video dialog!!! This is no ordinary video export screen, but rather a complete set of video, audio, and image encoding features!

[screenshot of export dialog - default view]

In no particular order, here are the details:
  • Export options: "Video & Audio" or "Image Sequence"
  • All options can be picked from the drop-downs, but can also be easily changed by simply typing (for the expert user)
  • Progress-bar displays the export / render progress
  • All of the key FFmpeg video and audio options are present
Project Type Settings:
  • Width
  • Height
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Frame Rate (fps)
  • Pixel Ratio
  • Progressive or Interlaced
Image Sequence Settings:
  • Image Format
Video Settings:
  • Video Format
  • Video Codec
  • Video Bit Rate
Audio Settings:
  • Audio Codec
  • Sample Rate
  • # of Channels
  • Audio Bit Rate
Here are some screenshots of the export video dialog with various options selected:

[screenshot with image sequence selected]

[screenshot with all options expanded]

This is a huge feature for OpenShot, and we hope you will enjoy trying it out. Stay tuned tomorrow night for our last feature in the OpenShot 4 for 4 special!

Legal disclaimer: OpenShot Video Editor does not contain or use any proprietary codecs. We support free and open-source codecs, such as Ogg Vorbis and Theora. However, since we use the FFmpeg library, it is possible to use any FFmpeg supported codec, assuming you have legal permission to do so.


Here comes the 2nd new feature in our 4 for 4 special, a shiny, new title editor!!! Title editors are an important feature in video editors, but rarely have the power of full-featured vector graphics programs. We've attempted to find a middle ground: a simple title template system (using a standard image format: SVG), with hooks into Inkscape for the advanced editing.

[new title editor dialog]

It is tightly integrated into OpenShot, and has the following features:
  • 8 initial title templates (more to come later)
  • Easily edit the text for line 1 & line 2
  • Change font / font color - including alpha
  • Change background color - including alpha
  • Integration with Inkscape (as the advanced editor)
  • All titles are in SVG image format, and are not rasterized
  • Solid Color - title with no text - including alpha
  • Titles are composited with all other tracks (and seamlessly layer together)
  • Titles are added to the "project files" tree
  • Drag and drop the titles onto the timeline
  • Use the resize tool to resize them
  • Easy to add custom title templates (i.e. just drop a SVG file in the /titles/ folder)

[save the title template to a new file]

[edit the title text]

[change the font color / font opacity]

[preview your new title]

[title is being composited with the video]

[solid color - no text on this title... just a background color / alpha]

This feature comes courtesy of Andy Finch (from the United Kingdom). Andy has been a great help, and is a core member of the OpenShot family. This brings us to our next big feature announcement... Oh yeah, you have to wait until tomorrow night for the next feature. Stay tuned.


I am proud to announce that OpenShot Video Editor now supports video transitions! Thanks to the awesome MLT video framework, it didn't take much time to knock out these features. TIP: Click any screenshot to view a larger version.

[example frames from a transition]

For the first time, OpenShot is really showing off the power of MLT. We are not simply blending 2 tracks together (like some other video editors), but rather blending / compositing every track below the clip (including alpha channel), and then blending to the new clip! This is a serious multi-track compositing + video transition system.

[main interface of OpenShot with transitions tab open]

Transition Features:
  • Drag and drop a transition onto the timeline
  • Transition snaps between tracks
  • Use the resize tool to change the length of the transition
  • Switchable direction (i.e. Track A to B, or Track B to A)
  • Real-time previews (just hit play, or drag the play-head over it)
  • 18 Wipe Transitions
  • 1 Dissolve Transition
  • Preserves Alpha in Images / Image Sequences
  • Composites all tracks (stack them as deep as you want)
  • Transitions are based on grey-scale images (i.e. SVG, PGM, etc...)
  • Easy to add custom transitions (i.e. just drop an image in the /transitions/ folder)

[transitions tab]

[close-up of transitions on the timeline]

[here is a list of the initial transitions]

[left to right wipe transition]

[spiral transition]

[check out the OpenShot Logo transition!!!]

This is the first of 4 new features we are announcing as a part of the OpenShot 4 for 4. Stay tuned for the next 3 features! If you like what you see, please let us know!


I have some really exciting new features I am going to be announcing over the next 4 days (starting tonight at 12 AM CST (GMT-6)! Over the past 4 weeks I have received many feature requests, bug reports, and suggestions. I have listened to your suggestions and worked very hard to bring you lots of new features. So, in dramatic fashion, I will announce these features 1 by 1 over the next 4 days, and I will be including a lots of screenshots. Thanks for your support and stay tuned...

UPDATE: All 4 features have now been revealed:
  1. Transitions, Transitions, Transitions!
  2. Video Title Editor for Linux!
  3. Want to Make a Movie?
  4. Timeline & Video Playback Improvements!

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