2009 has been a great year for OpenShot. I thought it might be fun to look back at the highlights of 2009, and reflect on our journey so far.

History of the OpenShot Timeline

Even though I started this project in late 2008, releasing my first screenshots in December 2008, the real development work didn't start until March 2009. On March 16th I moved OpenShot away from the Gstreamer framework and to the MLT framework. This was obviously a big decision, and one that I felt I had to make. By the end of April 2009, OpenShot had integrated the MLT framework and could generate thumbnails, arrange, and preview videos!

As the months rolled on, we continued to add features and refine the user experience. Here is a quick recap of how OpenShot evolved throughout 2009. One of our users (Diode) has put together a more detailed list of blog posts and dates, if you want to dig into more details.

By June 2009, we had added the ability to composite layers of videos, support for image sequences, and we introduced our Build Wizard (providing users a way to actually install OpenShot).

By July 2009, we had implemented transitions, providing a way to blend different video clips together. We also added a Title editor and an export video screen. Now that OpenShot could export video, we could finally call ourselves a "Video Editor"!

By August 2009, we added the ability for alpha masks, duplicate clips, key-frame animation, audio & video fading, speed control, distortion of images and videos, and pre-set animations.

By September 2009, we integrated translations into our source code and began the process of translating OpenShot into many languages (we are now in over 40 languages). We also introduced our first DEB installers, making it easier than ever to install OpenShot in Ubuntu and other Debian-based distros.

By October 2009, we announced our first PPA, once again making OpenShot easier to install. This PPA was greeted with much excitement from our users, but quickly turned into an issue with FFmpeg conflicts. News spread quickly that OpenShot would break VLC, Totem, and any other FFmpeg based application. Unfortunately, this was a step backwards for OpenShot, but we pressed on.

By November 2009, we introduced 33 effects (30 video effects and 3 audio effects). This added some great new features, such as video rotation and chroma-key (i.e. green screen). We also added a static timeline and changeable themes.

In the last 2 months of 2009, we added a 50 page help manual, which has now been translated in 3 languages (many more on the way). We launched a new users website, with forums. We have also removed the old PPA, and added a new PPA that does not touch FFmpeg at all. It only works for Karmic (Ubuntu 9.10), but it is safe to install side by side with VLC, Totem, and other FFmpeg applications. We have focused a lot of attention on Debian packaging, and hope to soon be included in Debian and Ubuntu repositories.

So, that about wraps up the progress we have made in 2009. Version 1.0 will soon be ready, and along with that version will come a few new features, and a few surprises. =) I hope everyone has had a great 2009, and on behalf of the entire OpenShot team, I wish you a happy new year!


OpenShot Video Editor has been named one of the top 12 applications of 2009 by one of our favorite websites: OMG! Ubuntu! So, thank you for including us in this list, and thank you to all the users, supporters, and contributors that have helped us make OpenShot the great app that it has become!


If you would like OpenShot Video Editor to be packaged and included in Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx), then please help us out. We have a Request For Packaging filed with Ubuntu, but we need you (our users and supporters) to mark the bug as "Yes, it affects me".

[You must be logged into LaunchPad to vote]

We want to be sure that OpenShot Video Editor is a highly requested application, and thus have the best chance for Ubuntu to include us in their repository. By marking this bug as "Yes, it affects me", we should quickly rise to the top of the packaging popularity list that Ubuntu maintains.

If you are a packaging expert, and would like to help package OpenShot for your favorite Linux distribution, please join our LaunchPad team and help us out.


Have you ever thought to yourself, "Gosh... I wish I could learn how to use OpenShot"? If so, then you will be very excited about today's announcement.

Open-source projects are often judged on the quality of their documentation. With that in mind, we are proud to announce the immediate availability of the OpenShot Help Manual (Available in English, French, and Spanish)! It contains over 100 topics, 100 illustrations, and even a topic called "Learn OpenShot in 5 minutes"!

We have been hard at work on this for a long time. I would like to especially thank Olivier Girard and Helen McCall for their dedication and hard work. Countless hours have been spent researching, writing, editing, translating, and proof-reading.

The help manual has been added to our PPA in a new package called "openshot-docs". So, if you have already installed OpenShot from the PPA, you should be able to install the openshot-docs package via Synaptic or apt-get.

To launch the help manual (after installing), use this command:
$ yelp ghelp://openshot

To view the HTML version, use these links:
But wait, is your language missing? Do you want to read our help manual in your own language? If so, please join us and help translate our help manual. It is super easy to do, and 100% web-based. To start translating, and get your name in the credits of OpenShot, follow these steps:
  1. Login to LaunchPad (or create a free account)
  2. Visit the openshot-docs translation page
  3. Click on your language
  4. Start translating phrase by phrase
It's really not difficult at all, so we hope you will jump in and contribute to our project. =)

I was hoping to have version 1.0 of OpenShot completed by Christmas, but it will likely slip to January 1, 2010. I have many updates included in version 1.0, so stay tuned for more information.


I am proud to announce that OpenShot Video Editor has just hit an important milestone. We have been included in our first Linux distribution, AV Linux 3. AV Linux is a LiveDVD based on Debian, running the LXDE desktop environment. It features a full complement of the best FOSS Multimedia Applications available, allowing users to enjoy multi-track Audio Recording and Mixing, Video Capturing, Editing and Converting, DVD Authoring and Creation, iPod Tools and more.
Download AV Linux 3.0 LiveDVD

This now offers a new way for people to run and evaluate OpenShot, by using a LiveDVD. For those who do not know, a LiveDVD will allow you to boot into Linux without modifying your computer. You can check out the latest and greatest audio and video applications (including OpenShot) for Linux, and then boot back into your regular OS when you are done. If you haven't ever tried this, I encourage your to give it a try.

We hope to continue this trend, and have OpenShot included in as many distributions as possible. We are getting really close to a 1.0 release, so please help us out and contact your favorite distribution about packaging OpenShot. Many distros have a ticketing system for packaging, so please log a ticket for us. =)

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