If the PPA wasn't big enough news to get you excited, how about this: Effects have finally arrived for OpenShot!!!

We have included 33 video & audio effects (30 video and 3 audio). This feature is available now (in version 0.9.42). You can install OpenShot from the PPA or .DEB installer to get the newest version.

Effects are used to modify the video, image, or sound a clip outputs. For example, an "echo" effect will cause the audio of a clip to echo. A "black and white" effect will cause the video to be in black and white. You get the idea. =)

[Drag and drop effects from the tree onto a clip]

Chroma Key effects are also included in this update. Chroma Key (or Green / Blue Screen) is an effect where you choose a color in the video and make it transparent. You can adjust the variance (i.e. how exact a match you want). This is commonly used to replace the background of a scene with another image or video. I put together a quick video demonstration with a few different effects. Check it out. And yes, that is my hand. =)

Not only do we have lots of exciting effects, they can all be stacked and combined in any way you can dream up. And in the spirit of OpenShot, it's as easy as dragging and dropping an effect on a clip. That's it. Of course, every setting can be manipulated also, but it's not required.

[View and edit effects on the clip properties screen]

Another big feature is our new "preview window" on our clip properties screen. This allows you to "try before you buy"... so to speak. Any settings applied to a clip (including effects) can be previewed over and over again to be sure it's just right. This is also an effective way to trim a clip, especially audio clips, since you can keep previewing the IN and OUT points. Once you are happy, click Apply. If you Cancel, then your changes are not saved, and everything goes back to normal.

Here is a nice big image which has all of our effects showcased. Click the image to view a larger version. Enjoy!

I would like to sincerely thank Andy, Helen, TJ, Olivier, and all of our bug reporters, and feature suggesters. I am very proud of our international team of programmers, contributors, and enthusiasts. Just think how far we've come in such a short time. OpenShot is just barely a year old.

To put this into perspective, consider PiTiVi, and their feature set (Sorry Edward... not trying to start a fight). They have been working on a video editor since 2004. They have been funded by a company since December 2008. They have 2 full-time paid developers (according to the Wikipedia). PiTiVi still lacks the following features that OpenShot already has: basic blending and compositing, transitions, effects, key-frame animation, and titling support. The point? We are moving really, really, really fast. Just to point out, I said nothing negative about PiTiVi... just laying down the facts. I wish them well. =)

I hope everyone enjoys the new effects. Also, please be sure to report any bugs you find (just don't submit duplicate bugs... it tends to slow us down). I do have some additional news to report, but I think this blog post has gone on long enough. Stay tuned...


I am pleased to announce the PPA for OpenShot Video Editor (instructions below). We have been hard at work on this feature for a while, and it took a lot of effort for us to get to this point. But thanks to TJ (our packaging expert) and lots of hard work from everyone on our team, we finally got there.

What in the world is a PPA you ask? It is an acronym for Personal Package Archive. Here is how our friends at LaunchPad define it:

"Using a Personal Package Archive (PPA), you can distribute software and updates directly to Ubuntu users. Create your source package, upload it and Launchpad will build binaries and then host them in your own apt repository.

That means Ubuntu users can install your packages in just the same way they install standard Ubuntu packages and they'll automatically receive updates as and when you make them."
This is now the preferred way to install OpenShot for Ubuntu 9.04 and 9.10. If you use an older version of Ubuntu, you will still have to use our .DEB installers. Also, I highly recommend uninstalling any existing version of OpenShot before you install via the PPA.

WARNING: Our PPA uses a special version of FFmpeg, which does not work with VLC & Totem, and a few other movie players. This is due to how we are packaging FFmpeg in our PPA. We are working to fix this, but if you install via the PPA, you will not be able to run VLC at this time.

Step 1: Copy the first line from the above list (Be sure to choose the correct version of Ubuntu). The line that start with "deb http://ppa..."

Step 2: On your Ubuntu computer, open System > Administration > Software Sources.

Step 3: Click the Third Party Software tab.

Screen shot of the top tabs in the Software Sources app

Step 4: Click the Add button.

Step 5: Paste the line you copied in step 1 and click the Add Source button.

Step 6: Now copy the second line from the above list and paste it in just as you did in steps 4 and 5.

When prompted, reload the software sources information. Don't worry if you see a warning about unverified software sources; we're going to fix that next.

Telling Ubuntu how to authenticate the PPA

Now Ubuntu knows about the PPA. It also needs to know how to check the software hasn't been tampered with since Launchpad built it.

Step 7: Open your terminal and enter:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys B9BA26FA

Step 8: Finally, tell Ubuntu to re-load the details of each software archive it knows about:

sudo apt-get update

Step 9: You're now ready to install OpenShot from the PPA! To install OpenShot, either use Synaptic and search for openshot (note: use the "search" button, not the "quick search"), or you can install it from the command line:

sudo apt-get install openshot

It's important to mention that this PPA also contains the latest versions of the dependencies that OpenShot requires, such as FFmpeg, MLT, Frei0r, and x264. Every time we update OpenShot, you will be prompted to update to the newest version. It's a great way to test our latest features.

Please help us spread the word about OpenShot. The Linux world still doesn't know about OpenShot for the most part. By the way, if you post an article or blog entry about OpenShot, please let me know and I will try and collect up many of the URLs and share them with all of our readers!


OpenShot Video Editor continues to gain popularity, even though we haven't released an "official" version yet. We just recently exceeded 10,000 downloads of our new .DEB installers!!! I think the message is loud and clear. People want a video editor that actually works on Linux!

I wanted to share a chart of our download stats with everyone. I thought you might find it interesting how our downloads break-down between the various versions of Ubuntu, and between 32 & 64 bit CPU architectures. As you can see, Ubuntu 9.04 is easily the most popular target for OpenShot.

[Click to enlarge the graph]

As a "thank you" to all the supporters, I have updated the main installer file (openshot.deb) from version 0.9.22 to 0.9.34. There are a ton of bug fixes, and the project has been re-factored a bit to simplify packaging. Also, we have moved some of our "writable" files to an ".openshot" folder in the home directory.

There are a few new features hidden in this version which I will be blogging about over the next few days (as I find time). Also, I have some big news on the PPA front, but you will have to wait for that news as well. =)

Thanks for the strong support everyone! Please keep spreading the word about OpenShot, and we'll keep developing new features. Deal?


On September 3rd, the Ubuntu UK Podcast mentioned (@50:30) OpenShot Video Editor and had some interesting comments about our project. One question they asked was "Does Linux need another video editor?" Of course, you know what my answer will be. =)

Another comment was "I'll believe it when I see it." Well, if seeing is believing, then here is a video for you guys (and gals) at the Ubuntu UK Podcast. Drum roll please....

Re: Ubuntu UK Podcast from Jonathan Thomas on Vimeo.

Thanks for helping us raise awareness for OpenShot, and we look forward to hearing what you will talk about next! Hopefully some more OpenShot news! Good luck to your podcast!


Start the timer! I'm going to type real fast so I fit this into 60 seconds. =) Over the past 30 days we have made a ton of progress on OpenShot Video Editor! Even though I haven't had time to post a ton of blog updates, we have been busy fixing bugs, adding features, answering questions, and generally having fun!

So, here is a quick rundown of what's been happening:

  • Lots of bug fixes
  • Lots of bug and question management (Thanks to Helen!)
  • Good progress on documentation (Thanks Helen!)
  • Complete re-structuring of folders to ease packaging (Thanks to TJ!)
  • Integration of distutils (i.e. the preferred way of installing a Python program) (Thanks to TJ!)
  • Good progress on implementing the "Simple" Video Export interface (Thanks to Andy!)
  • Good progress on implementing Effects
  • Good progress towards having OpenShot in a PPA, which will be great! (Thanks to TJ!)
  • We now have 29 translations, which is just awesome! The more languages, the more users can enjoy OpenShot! (Thanks to all the translators!) Here is a sample:

    (credit: Jihui Choi)
We have more contributors than ever before! We have more web traffic than ever before! I get more emails than I would ever wish on anyone. =) Things are moving faster than ever before!

Please continue to talk about OpenShot. It's really helping us raise awareness and spread the word about our project. As soon as we have a PPA ready for testing, I'll post an update. Thanks!

Beep, beep, beep... Just under 60 seconds.

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