Powerful New HD Video Editor


With all the great video editing systems available today, I was not sure there was a need for any more. Until I discovered one called Open Shot It is a free, open-source HD video editor for Linux. They are working on MAC and Win versions.

OpenShot can edit video and audio files in HD, HDV and AVCHD, to name a few. It can do titles, transitions, and effects, and export to DVD, YouTube, Vimeo, and other formats. Here are a few of the features:

Drag and Drop support (Gnome integration )

Unlimited tracks / layers

Clip resizing, scaling, trimming, snapping, and cutting

Video transitions with real-time previews

Compositing, image overlays, watermarks

Title templates, title creation, sub-titles

3D Animated Titles

Scrolling titles/credits

Solid color clips (including alpha compositing )

Support for Rotoscoping / Image sequences

Advanced Timeline (including Drag & drop, scrolling, panning, zooming, and snapping)

Frame stepping (key-mappings: J, K, and L keys)

Video encoding (based on FFmpeg )

Key Frame animation

Digital zooming of video clips

Speed changes on clips (slow motion etc)

Custom transition lumas and masks

Audio mixing and editing

Presets for key frame animations and layout

Ken Burns effect (artistic panning over an image)

Digital video effects , including brightness, gamma, hue, greyscale, chroma key (bluescreen / greenscreen) and over 20 other video effects

Pretty impressive list of features. I don’t know that many people who are looking for a new editing system, but if you are, this is one to consider. And it’s free.

Their Kickstarter campaign to create a new version with native support for Windows and MacOS has succeeded. They’ve raised more than twice their original goal of $20,000. With that extra money they’ve achieved several “stretch goals” including additional format support, improved cropping, animation curve presets, video render queue and the ability to offload rendering to other computers.

Anyone want to review it? You must have a Linux computer, but this will change soon.

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