OpenShot is Video Editing Software for Ubuntu

By Vivek on August 28th, 2009

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

Vivek fills our weekly guest spot with tales of Linux and open source goodness. You can also find him writing on his personal blog, LinuxHub.net.

  • Published 08/28/09
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