One of the most popular feature requests we get is for OpenShot to provide a simple list of video export options. Well, we would love to add this feature, but first we need your help!

We want to compile a comprehensive list of these formats, codecs, fps, aspect ratio, interlaced vs progressive, size, and bit rates for a variety of common uses, such as DVD, Blu-ray, YouTube, Vimeo, iPhone, Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, and any other common video use.

We are going to make it very easy for you to contribute to this list. It's as simple as putting a ball in a cup! (family guy joke). Seriously though, it's as simple as updating our Wikipedia page (thanks to Helen for giving us a jump start). If updating a Wiki scares you, you can also add your format to this open question (in LaunchPad).

I know that not everyone can contribute to the actual programming of OpenShot, but here is a great opportunity to jump into our project, and really contribute to the end product! We hope you will help us out.


After many long nights, and many frustrating days of work, I am proud to announce a set of 25 Debian Installers, spread out across 6 Ubuntu distributions! Why 25 installers you ask? Well, let me break it down for everyone:

OpenShot is just a Python program, so we just need 1 installer for that. Check.
x264, Frie0r, FFmpeg, and MLT. That's 4 more. Check.

Now, since these "dependency" packages are not Python, we need to be sure and build these 4 packages against the following versions of Ubuntu:

  • 32 Bit - Ubuntu 8.04
  • 32 Bit - Ubuntu 8.10
  • 32 Bit - Ubuntu 9.04
  • 64 Bit - Ubuntu 8.04
  • 64 Bit - Ubuntu 8.10
  • 64 Bit - Ubuntu 9.04
So, that's 6 distributions X 4 packages = 24 deb installers. + 1 OpenShot installer, so that equals 25 deb installers.

I have created an archive for each set of dependencies, and added them to the official download page. After you get everything installed, you will only need to update the main OpenShot.deb file as I release new versions. In other words, you only have to install the dependencies one time. Also, just to be clear, OpenShot is still very much in development, and is changing rapidly. This is not an official release... just an easier-to-install developer snapshot.

Soon I will be adding the completed language translations to the download page as well. These will be .deb installers as well. Please be patient with the translations, as it might take a few days to get these setup and uploaded. =)

I'm going to come right out and say it. I am not an expert Debian package creator, and I'm sure there are better ways to create these .deb files. If you happen to be an expert in this area, please join our LaunchPad team and help us improve our packaging. =) Thanks.

Enjoy the .DEB files everyone!


Thank you to everyone who has helped translate OpenShot! I'm blown away by how many translations are already completed. We now have 15 different languages being worked on.

After listening to the feedback from the translators, I have just updated the template in LaunchPad to include some strings that were missing from the first template, and also removed some of the strings that are no longer needed (such as the GPL, stock icon names, some dropdown lists, some numbers, etc...). Only the new strings need to be translated.

I don't think there will be any major changes to the template after this, other than a few minor wording changes. So, we are not quite done translating OpenShot. Please take a look at the new strings and help us translate them! Now is your chance to participate (if you haven't already). Thanks in advance!


Do you want to see OpenShot in your native language? So do we! Please help us translate OpenShot for as many languages as possible. We have uploaded all of our English words and phrases to our LaunchPad Translation website.

You don't need any special software to help us translate... all you need is a web browser and the ability to read English and type the phrase in your native language. Sounds easy, right?

Don't have time to translate the entire list of phrases, no problem... you can translate one word or phrase at a time. Your contribution can be as small or as large as you want! Thanks for helping us make OpenShot better and more accessible.

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