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It's been nearly two and a half years since the OpenShot video editor released an update. The long-awaited OpenShot 2.0 was beginning to feel like vaporware until a Kickstarter campaign raised more than $45,000 and promised a cross-platform release. The Kickstarter backers got their first look at OpenShot 2.0 beta at the end …

  1. Chris Puttick

    Gnome native look and feel? Thought OpenShot 2 was QT based, part of the reason its development was really interesting

    1. mangobrain

      Indeed. Pitivi, on the other hand, is still using GTK+ and GStreamer. Coincidentally, a fundraiser for Pitivi 1.0 is currently being held.

      I don't actively use either of these, but from a pure technical standpoint, OpenShot will probably develop more quickly (one could argue it already has), whereas Pitivi is taking the scenic route in order to reinvent fewer wheels (rather, they are crafting/refining wheels which can more easily be re-used elsewhere).

  2. wolfetone

    What A Time To Be Alive

    Have a drink on me OpenShot developers for bringing Linux users some good news today!

    1. Fred Flintstone Gold badge

      Re: What A Time To Be Alive

      Not just Linux, which is what I like about Open Source..

      1. wolfetone

        Re: What A Time To Be Alive

        "Not just Linux, which is what I like about Open Source.."

        Well that deserves another drink!

        1. chivo243 Silver badge

          Re: What A Time To Be Alive

          "Well that deserves another drink!"

          Easy there, it is only Monday, and still daylight... ;-}

          1. wolfetone

            Re: What A Time To Be Alive

            It's 7pm somewhere ;)

            1. Roq D. Kasba

              Re: What A Time To Be Alive

              Hooray! Although Linux builds of Lightworks ( hand been freely available for some time, and that's a genuinely world class NLE (for 'beer' free)

          2. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: What A Time To Be Alive

            Easy there, it is only Monday, and still daylight... ;-}

            No excuse for the time with NTP, but what's that "daylight" thing you're talking about?

  3. Mark 65


    One thing iMovie does offer, although very basic, is the concept of library management. I am yet to find the equivalent of Lightroom for video offering both digital asset management and editing. And, no, Lightroom doesn't work as, although it can load videos, when I tried loading my existing video library it simply froze. There's no 4k or anything but it just didn't cope.

  4. Mint Sauce
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    Openshot has been my go-to editor for the last few years. Although missing some features and being a bit buggy it had the cleanest interface IMO. As I've progressed and wanted more features (motion tracking, mainly) I've been using KDenlive and lightworks (free) too, but always seem to go back to Openshot for the final edits.

    I''ll probably still keep hitting 'save' after every change tho ;-)

  5. Dave 126 Silver badge

    Very interesting

    It is the crowd funding aspect of this project that has caught my attention. I keep abreast of the popular technology sites, but I haven't heard much of crowd-funded open source projects.

    I have been critical (in a supportive, not mocking way I hope) of some open source productivity applications (just as I am of commercial applications). I do this because as a user of software, I want the best and sanest solution for everybody. 'Everybody' means people who are rightly wary of proprietary software, just as it also includes people who are less confident with computers.

    I love the ethos of open source. I love the idea that if someone needs a little bit of software, they can write it and make it available for others. And in those cases, I wouldn't knock them for not polishing the user interface. To create larger applications, a team might be required - skilled people giving their time. But usability testing and refinement is time consuming. If crowd-funded open source software is more suitable for 'everybody', that can only be a good thing.

  6. frank ly

    If you want bleeding edge

    I've just got version 2.0.6 running on MINT by:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get install openshot-qt

    It recommends that you add the frei0r plugin and that's available from the MINT Software Manager. I'm hoping it's a little less complicated than Kdenlive and more suitable for my amateur dabbling.

    1. frank ly

      Re: If you want bleeding edge

      As far as I can tell, the only way to get it onto Debian Jessie is to download the sources and support libraries and compile them yourself. I tend to shy away from that sort of thing. (I'm trying Debian Jessie (8.3) because it has the MATE desktop now.)

      1. John Sanders

        Re: If you want bleeding edge

        It is just released, give it a week and it will get pre-packaged for Debian.

    2. Martin Cable

      Re: If you want bleeding edge

      Thanks, did that and it works perfectly!

  7. MichaelTunnell

    A Few Quick Corrections

    > "The long-awaited OpenShot 2.0 was beginning to feel like vaporware until a Kickstarter campaign raised more than $45,000 and promised a cross-platform release."

    The reason it began to feel like vaporware was BECAUSE of the kickstarter because he set a deadline for releasing the beta but it took another year after before anything was released. It wasn't until but rather because.

    > "Given the general instability of other Linux video editors (KDenLive comes to mind), the session restore alone puts OpenShot ahead of competitors."

    Kdenlive has always been known as much more stable and reliable than OpenShot. I have no idea where you got the idea that it was more unstable.

    Kdenlive has had session restore for quite a while, in fact I used that feature like a month ago.

  8. pyite

    Thanks for the review

    I am finally starting to figure out how to do video properly on Linux, so the timing of this review is perfect.

    1. Chemist

      Re: Thanks for the review

      "I am finally starting to figure out how to do video properly on Linux, so the timing of this review is perfect."

      Use kdenlive - not crashed on me since ~~2007

  9. Outcast

    Although I can move individual frames I still can't zoom in closer than 8 seconds on the timeline.

    The Track size is also miniscule on a 4k monitor

    But it's coming along nicely

  10. Ilsa Loving

    Don't diss cross-platform

    The article states that being cross-platform is just a convenient nice-to-have, but IMO it's actually a critical feature.

    People don't work in isolation. There is often a need for people to be able to pass work around to make changes, etc. If you're using a linux-only application, then either everyone else ALSO has to have linux, or people have to go around converting files back and forth while hoping nothing gets lost in the process. For example, compare how many people use Final Cut Pro (Mac only) vs Premiere (PC and Mac). Premiere crushed FCP in marketshare.

  11. banalyzer

    Apologies Chemist

    Was looking at the minuscule size of the time line that Outcast posted a picture of and FF didn't repaint quickly enough, then I caught the down vote button on your post :P

  12. PassiveSmoking

    From the looks of it the user interface is pretty well thought out.

    GIMP and Blender developers, take note.

    1. handle

      Blender's still the only one that can do multi-camera natively, I guess!

  13. Jonathan Richards 1
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    Version compatibility

    I used OpenShot 1.4.3 last year to edit a couple of videos from a friend's camera, so was pleased to see v2 beta. However, v2 will not open the Project files that v1.4.3 wrote, so for future edits, I'd have to re-import.

    In fact, I expect that I won't want to do that, but this is heads-up: don't change versions in the middle of a project.

    Edit: The release notes say:

    "Projects should be completely portable now, between different versions of OpenShot and on different Operating Systems. This was a key design goal of OpenShot 2.0, and it works really well now."

    Doesn't for me, as described above. YMMV.


  14. handle

    "Given the general instability of other Linux video editors"

    ...or Audacity in the audio domain. It locks up if you press buttons too quickly, rather like a mechanical typewriter.

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