A cross-platform video editor supports many video, audio and image formats based on FFmpeg


Our rating: 

License: Free (Open source)
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Pros & Cons:

Powerful with many other add-ons like 3D animated titles
Should download some other add-ons like PPA if users' OS above Ubuntu 9.10

Our Review:

OpenShot is a free, open-source video editor for Linux, OS X and Windows licensed under the GPL version 3.0. It mainly supports many video, audio, and image formats based on FFmpeg. There are several features differentiating it from others.

  • Unlimited tracks / layers, which expands the capability of editors' imagination
  • 3D Animated Titles, after using the open-source package of Blender
  • Key Frame animation,
  • Over 20 other video effects

There are 2 addons for downloading, AV Linux Live DVD and PPA. The former one is free custom shop modded and rodded 32bit PAE computer Operating System designed to turn a regular old (or fairly new) PC or Intel Mac into an Audio/Graphics/Video workstation appliance and the later one will only be used when users' OS is Ubuntu 9.10 and above. Like Avidemux, it's not a easy editing tool for those who are not familiar with encoding, FFmpeg stuff.

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This is one of the first video editors I tried.

This is a typical open source product: it's a bit unintuitive and lacking in polish.

In one video I added my own soundtrack from an mp3 file and found that in the output video, the audio had a lot of strange artefacts at the end rather than a nice clean finish.

It seems light on features.

I have found it useful to create a lower bitrate version of an existing video. It did it a lot faster than a general purpose video format converter I use.