OpenShot is a very powerful simple Video editor. OpenShot is a free, simple-to-use, feature-rich video editor for Linux. The brainchild of programmer Jonathan Thomas, OpenShot has garnered a large and enthusiastic following for many reasons, one being Thomas’s responsiveness to user feedback.

To quickly see the best uses of OpenShot, check out the beautifully created music videos of Verity and Gersom de Koning-Tan, from the Netherlands. Several of their videos have had more than one thousand video views. These videos have much going for them, not least their musicality and playfulness. To my mind, OpenShot strikes just the right balance between features and complexity. I formerly used Apple’s iMovie HD video editor, but felt betrayed when iMovie 08 came out. (iMovie 08 completely redesigned the earlier iMovie interface, removing many features in the process.) OpenShot is what iMovie 08 should have been. OpenShot is under active development, and while strong already, will become even stronger in the coming months. That’s the beauty of open source. The forward momentum of a software program is unconnected from any corporate goals. When you use open-source software, you’re not a cog in someone else’s wheel. You are the wheel.

One of the best things about OpenShot is that it integrates well with two other fabulous open-source programs: the Inkscape vector-editing program and the Blender 3D animation program. OpenShot uses Inkscape for advanced titling (although the built-in titles in OpenShot are very nice, too.) OpenShot uses Blender for 3D titles. Note: You’ll need a very recent version of Blender on your computer to do 3D titles (version 2.5 or later).

Node-based audio processing – will support powerful analysis features: waveforms, spectral analysis, and so on.

Animation curve-based key-frame system — will rival Hollywood animation packages

Professional-quality Telecine and inverse Telecine features — smoothly decrease or increase framerates


OpenShot is a cross-platform video editor, with support for Linux, Mac, and Windows.

Trim & Slice:

Quickly trim down your videos, and find those perfect moments. OpenShot has many easy ways to cut your video.

Animation & Keyframes

Using our powerful animation framework, you can fade, slide, bounce, and animate anything in your video project.

Unlimited Tracks

Add as many layers as you need for watermarks, background videos, audio tracks, and more.

Video Effects

Using our video effects engine, remove the background from your video, invert the colors, adjust brightness, and more.

Audio Waveforms

Visualize your audio files as waveforms, and even output the waveforms as part of your video.

Title Editor

Adding titles to your video has never been easier. Use one of our templates, or make your own.

3D Animations

Render beautiful 3D animated titles and effects, such as snow, lens flares, or flying text.

Slow Motion & Time Effects

Control the power of time, reversing, slowing down, and speeding up video. Use a preset or animate the playback speed and direction.

Edit Video

Drag and drop video, audio, or images from your file manager into OpenShot. It’s that easy to get started video editing.

70+ Languages

OpenShot is available in many different languages, and can be translated online with LaunchPad.

Simple User Interface

We have designed OpenShot to be the easiest and friendliest video editing software ever!

To install OpenShot follow our process in our installation Guide Page