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Want to upload your finished videos to YouTube or Vimeo, but hate using a web browser to do it?
You are in luck, because OpenShot now has an easy to use, integrated "Upload to Web" feature! A new, extensible upload service back-end has been added, with initial support for YouTube and Vimeo.

How does it work? It's super easy! There are a few different ways to use this feature. The easiest and most obvious way is now baked into our export dialog. The user can choose to "Export to Folder" or "Upload to Web". The user can also find this feature by right clicking on any video file in their project, or using the File > Upload to Web menu.

A progress bar shows the upload progress, and a notification is displayed on your computer when the upload has finished. By the way, getting a progress bar to work with YouTube and Vimeo was a really big challenge, and it really kicked my butt a few times. In fact, OpenShot might be the first Python app to ever successfully tie an upload progress bar to the YouTube Python API.

I am really excited about this feature, and I believe this is yet another innovation that will help differentiate OpenShot from the other Linux video editors.

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As you might or might not know, we have been hard at work trying to improve the look and feel of OpenShot, and today I have some big announcements!


First, we have a new default theme for OpenShot in the works! I have included a preview of the theme, which is designed / inspired by artist Jan Hofmann and coded by Maƫl Lavault. It is not quite final yet, but as you can see by the picture, it looks very sleek. =)

Second, OpenShot will now use stock icons by default! These buttons will now use your system theme stock icons, which will keep OpenShot from standing out as much! Users can still switch back to the original icons if they want to, but by default, it will use stock icons.

Lastly, we have added rounded corners to all thumbnail images, which is a very subtle but beautiful effect. When you add it all together, the new theme, stock icons, and rounded thumbnail images, I think this makes OpenShot the best looking video editor on Linux! I know, I know, that's not saying much, but still...

We are still about a month away from our next release, so please don't attempt to install this development version yet. More big updates to come, so stand by.

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Linux Format magazine includes article on OpenShotLinux Starter Kit includes article on OpenShot
The newest issues of Linux Format magazine and Linux Starter Kit magazine both feature stories on OpenShot! They are available at US and UK newsstands, including Barnes and Noble and Borders bookstores.

Linux Format includes OpenShot on their list of applications that make up the "ultimate desktop toolkit".

Linux Starter Kit has an article titled "OpenShot - an exemplary video editor". It is between an article on Gimp and Rhythmbox, which is very good company to be in.

These 2 magazines speak to both advanced and beginner users of Linux, and both recommend OpenShot as the best video editor to use for your next video project.

I think this supports the direction we are moving in, by appealing to both the advanced and beginner users of Linux. OpenShot is not too hard, and it's not too simple.

If you have a chance to check out these 2 issues, please do and help spread the word about OpenShot!

Our next challenge is to polish the rough edges even more, improve the interface for all users, and add a few more unique and useful features. Related to this, I have a few surprises about the next version of OpenShot that I will be revealing soon, so stay tuned.

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