Editing videos with OpenShot

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With a finished project, the final step is to shape it into an acceptable format. Use the File | Export Video menu item to open a dialog to set the export parameters. Here, OpenShot has a clear advantage. In its simple and advanced versions, the dialog provides everything you need to set the video in its best format.

The Profile parameter is where you set the destination of the video. Whether the destination is Blu-ray, DVD, or the web, OpenShot makes it easy to choose the right setting without worrying about bit rates or codecs. Experts can use the Advanced tab to select detailed drop-down list items that OpenShot provides (Figure 7).

Figure 7: The extensive export options let you optimize the final result to its desired purpose. The software informs you of any missing codecs.

Depending on the selected profile, you can choose further options. For example, if you want to optimize the video for YouTube, choose YouTube-HD . You can define the video quality further with the Quality parameter.

If a relevant software package for export is missing, OpenShot will download the package based on the settings, making it easier to install it. This is a great help, especially with codecs.


OpenShot is a mature tool for a small video workshop at home. The simple export design makes a potentially complicated task much easier. Effects and animated titles encourage experimentation to provide a far from boring experience.


You can install OpenShot in several different ways. Ubuntu users can run sudo apt-get install openshot . When installing the latest version, it's recommended to download the appropriate repository first. Listing 1 shows this approach. For older versions of Ubuntu 8.04 through 9.04 and Fedora 11 through 13, the matching installers are online [2]. Alternatively, the source code is available there, too.

Listing 1

Downloading the Repository

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonoomph/openshot-edge
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install openshot openshot-doc

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