Openshot Review


Getting Started

Despite that, the interface looks sleek and attractive, just as it did nearly two years ago when we last explored the software. What’s great about it is that it provides everything you need in terms of a basic video editing tool. In order to switch between Simple and Advanced views, you simply need to determine how much information you need to see on screen at the same time. Advanced views do not offer additional features – they simply display more tools. You can also customize the interface to meet your preferences. In one example, you can change the size of each section with respect to the others (for instance, you can increase the size of the preview section and shrink the project and timeline sections to match), but also you can modify the position of each section relative to the others. A pane can be moved from one part of the interface to another, and those that exist already resize themselves to make room for the new pane. It is possible to convert panels into floating windows as well. It is wonderful to have such a degree of flexibility and customisability available.

Working With Files

It has a variety of file formats to import, such as audio files, still photos, and video formats, including 4K, and offers an impressive assortment of unusual transitions as well as Despite this, OpenShot is still unable to open AVCHD files, which is the format default on The timeline, where you’ll be building your edit, comes with a default of five tracks that should be enough for most editors, but you can always add more tracks if you need more. With those layers, you don’t need to segregate your media, so you can combine audio and video clips on the same track, or place the audio file above the video in place of below it like some other apps. The software doesn’t care about that. Having been a professional editor for years, this feels a little messy to me, but others may well benefit from this

Titles and Effects

Adding titles to a window can be done in two ways You select the template you wish to use, type your text into the required fields, choose the font and colour you prefer, and OpenShot will then convert the template into a still image and add it to You still have the option to edit it while it is there, but it is lost once it is added to the timeline. To change it, you would need to delete it and then edit the one in the media pane and then add it once more to your project. OpenShot’s current system feels very cumbersome and very limited, especially since many of their competitors offer animated titles as well. Although you may not find animated titles in OpenShot, they are readily available, in a sense, and OpenShot even offers you a long list of templates, but they are only accessible if you download the open-source Blender app from the Blender website. Likewise, its Advanced Editor needs Inkscape to function, though this time you won’t be able to use it without it. Animation works well since the keyframes are all controlled from the Properties window, where most of the values on display can be keyframed. Nonetheless, the scale option remains split up between the X and Y axes, meaning that you need to resize a clip proportionally over time by changing two values (those values cannot be locked together, which is only advantageous should you wish to stretch the clip).


The Transform command in the Timeline context menu can be used to transform a clip directly from the Preview window by selecting it in the Timeline and choosing that option. The resizing function does not allow you to constrain the proportions of the photo (even holding down the shift key – a convention adopted by a wide range of other applications Although it does make it much easier to navigate and animate a clip across the screen rather than having to fiddle with its properties values, OpenShot has a series of customizable shortcuts for the majority of what you would need to do in an editing session. On the machine we tested it on however, the ones that were used to navigate around your work didn’t work, even moving frames one at a time along the timeline using the appropriate arrow keys didn’t work either. Our experiments with OpenShot and the JKL functionality (click J to rewind, click K to stop, click L to fast forward) worked… somewhat (you might have to hit the key twice to actually advance in the direction you want to). The ability to pick the right part of your footage to include in your edit is one major aspect of video editing. By selecting ‘Preview’ from the right-click menu, you can view your clip, but you cannot set in and out points in OpenShot. You will need to select the ‘Split’ option in the contextual menu that appears, where you can also preview your footage and set markers for the Start and End points (thereby making the first option be rendered useless You can then select which part of the footage you want to use, and OpenShot creates a new clip in your Media pane, which is a trimmed version of the original (a new name is highly recommended, as there is no obvious way to distinguish the two). The trimmed clip can be added into your timeline, and you will then be able to extend the clip to reach those Start and End markers. However, I do not understand why it is necessary to create another clip, as it seems unnecessarily convoluted. The good news is you can don’t have to bother with all that by adding the entire clip to your timeline and using the Razor Tool (pictured as a pair of scissors) to cut that clip and keep the parts you require. A very welcome change is the increase in speed and performance of OpenShot. OpenShot is no longer sluggish when applying transitions or effects, and it appears to be much more stable than it was Even that alone is worth its weight in gold since there’s nothing more infuriating and useless than an app that keeps


The OpenShot program shows some promise, but after two years it hasn’t been updated as much as we would’ve expected. However, it is more stable, so that’s a good thing, but we believe there are better alternatives – even ones that are free.