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OpenShot is Video Editing Software for Ubuntu

Video editing is an important aspect of our work. I was looking for some video editing solution for my Ubuntu machine and came across this useful piece of software which makes the editing of videos a very easy. The software is called OpenShot and is a free and open source solution for editing videos on Linux environment.

Earlier you had to compile the program on your Linux machine to be able to use it. However, the developer(s) have come out with an easy solution by releasing deb files for the same.

Features of OpenShot

  • Support for many video, audio, and image formats (based on FFmpeg)
  • Gnome integration (drag and drop support)
  • Multiple tracks
  • Clip resizing, trimming, snapping, and cutting
  • Video transitions with real-time previews
  • Compositing, image overlays, watermarks
  • Title templates, title creation
  • Solid color clips (including alpha compositing)
  • Support for Rotoscoping / Image sequences
  • Drag and drop timeline
  • Frame stepping, key-mappings: J,K, and L keys
  • Video encoding (based on FFmpeg)

Download and Install OpenShot on Ubuntu

In order to run and start using OpenShot on Ubuntu we will have to download the respective deb file and install it. Download the respective deb file based on the version of your Ubuntu and CPU from the download page (link below). You’ll also have to download the dependency package from the same page (dependencies_32_904.tar.gz)

Opebshot Download

Install OpenShot On Ubuntu

Once you have downloaded the respective deb files (The main package and dependency files) start the installation by installing the dependencies first. Double click the dependency package (dependencies_32_904.tar.gz) and install all the 4 deb files:

  1. openshot-ffmpeg_git-2623d8f-1_i386.deb
  2. openshot-frei0r_1.1.22-1_i386.deb
  3. openshot-mlt_0.4.3-1_i386.deb
  4. openshot-x264_0.67.1173-1_i386.deb

OpenShot_dependencies

Once you have installed all the dependency package we’ll install the main package (openshot.deb). Double click the package to install it.

Opebshotdeb

Running OpenShot

Once installed you can run the OpenShot video editor by going to Applications \ Sound & Video  \ OpenShot Video Editor.

OpenShotMenu

The main interface is nicely laid out and easy to use.

OpenShot1

Importing the video in OpenShot

Importing videos for editing is very easy all you have to do is click File \ Import Files.

OpenShot4

OpenShot2

Exporting videos is very easy and you can export your video in multiple formats. Click the red button to export the edited video.

OpenShot5

You can choose from several different effects and video settings.

OpenShot3

List of Features

The following is an impressive full list of features for OpenShot:

  • Support for many video, audio, and image formats (based on FFmpeg)
  • Gnome integration (drag and drop support)
  • Multiple tracks
  • Clip resizing, trimming, snapping, and cutting
  • Video transitions with real-time previews
  • Compositing, image overlays, watermarks
  • Title templates, title creation
  • Solid color clips (including alpha compositing)
  • Support for Rotoscoping / Image sequences
  • Drag and drop timeline
  • Frame stepping, key-mappings: J,K, and L keys
  • Video encoding (based on FFmpeg)

OpenShot is a stable and easy to use video editor for Ubuntu and is also available in Spanish, French, and Italian.

Download OpenShot for Ubuntu Linux

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  • Published 08/28/09

Comments (11)

  1. SuAlfons

    Thanks, Geek!

    It seems to have a simpler interface then “Cinelerra” (which is very feature rich, but I ended up not using, but switching to WinXP again). So I will give it a try.
    Now if I could find a (GNOME)-program that reads my DV-camera (firewire, SD) without a hustle….

    Regards,
    SuAlfons

  2. Anon

    Ive always hated Gnome. Takes up way too much space and doesn’t even look nice compared to Win7 Aero and OSX.

  3. SuAlfons

    @Anon: Frankly, you are right…but these are choice you don’t have on Linux. Still Gnome is OK and really easy to work with.

    I’m from Germany, where KDE is the leading Linux Desktop. Far more features then Gnome, but in the end I always land back at the Gnome desktop for it’s simplicity (it can be pimped, I know).

    Till now, I mostly use XP, but after seeing Vista and testing Win7, I want to be prepared to leave MS. Apple may be an alternative, but is also an un-free environment.

    To me, I can do everything with an Ubuntu besides of 2 things:
    1 – proper video editing (I speak of my family videos, non-professional!)
    2 – making my tax declaration (very complex thing in Germany, most people do it with a PC. There are only Windows programs available, because the government withdrew Linux support for their online-tax technology (called ELSTER). All suppliers of tax software MUST include the ELSTER-plugin (at least I was told so, although you can also print it out and put it t snail mail….). Unfortunately, these programs do not run in WINE, so you would always have to have a Windows license around :-(
    3 – games, my old games. At least, some of them will run in WINE and most of them are so old they are comfortable to run in an virtual PC with my old XP license.

    So for now, while computing itself is not the problem and even hardware support is OK (not perfect, but OK), for those three thing Linux is only my second boot OS :-(

    If it were to become my first OS (and I would use it more often and more like a power user) maybe I would switch to KDE one day…

    Kind regards,
    SuAlfons

  4. celem

    OpenShot looks promising but is obviously very early in development. Basic features are missing, such as being able to set parameters. Nonetheless, if the project is completed it will be an important application for Linux. Cinelerra is way beyond the basic DVD creation needs of the average user. I attempted to use Cinelerra and eventually gave up. Linux desperately needs an equivalent to Roxio and Nero and even Windows Movie Maker. OpenShot “could” be that product IF it is finished. Please do finish OpenShot.

  5. whiplash55

    It seems like it only runs on Ubuntu, what about Mint or other Ubuntu derivatives?

  6. Miguel

    @whiplash55: I think if it runs in ubuntu it should run in any other ubuntu derivatives.

    I have Archlinux (64 bits) and runs without a problem. The last release is in the AUR repository so it is better if you install it with yaourt. It look very well and look promising.

  7. whiplash55

    thanks Miguel!

  8. anon

    PiTiVi, this, and Kino seem to be the low-end spectrum of Linux video editing, for the casual user.

  9. Lee

    Will It Edit the .MTS format ? this has become a real pain in the arse no matter what system I use yet many of the HD Camcorders are starting to use AVCHD. Yet every one s so paranoid of copy right material it makes it a real pain to get the edits we need. Also OSX is demanding a dual Core Processor just to run in iMovie, would be nice if “Open Shot” could do this.

    Problem with todays technology, You purchase the equipment but nothing support it.
    I have the Sony HDR-XR520V great camera…Just Sucks when the only OS that allows me to use is OSX..Windows.. I won’t even go there, even after 7, I still have to load all the junk!

    I see that there is some language code changes being made to Ubuntu and some other distos.
    I hope that it will be for the better.

  10. Freerun Media

    I tried Ubuntu Studio and allthough all came up nicely, my firewire port wasn’t working. When i got it to work, it wouldn’t see my DVCam deck from Sony. I could not control it, read from it and do a tape dump. I am reading that some users are working with the fire wire but i think with normal consumer decks it would work fine. With professional there are some hick ups. Does someone have a solution to get it working or is it just impossible to get the DSR25 working?

  11. Mama

    This look useful for pizza

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