OpenShot Video Editor Manual – v1.3.0

Table of Contents

Features Overview:
Getting Started
To Launch OpenShot Video Editor
Learn OpenShot in 5 Minutes!
Step 1 – Import Photos & Music
Step 2 – Arrange Photos on Timeline
Step 3 – Add Music to Timeline
Step 4 – Preview your Project
Step 5 – Export your Video
Step 6 – Enjoy OpenShot!
Main Window
Main Toolbar
Function Tabs
Project Files
Preview Window
Edit Toolbar
Zoom Slider
Controlling Playback of Video
Keyboard Short-Cuts
Projects - Create, Open, and Save
Create a Project
Save Project Screen
Open a Project
Import Files – Audio, Video, and Images
Method 1 - Drag & Drop
Method 2 - Drop Folder
Method 3 - Open With
Method 4 - Import Button
Image Sequences
Locate an Image Sequence
Import the Image Sequence
Drag and Drop Image Sequences
Add to Timeline
Create an Image Sequence
Edit an Image Sequence
Manage Files & Folders
Create a Folder
Move Files to a Folder
Remove a Folder
Add Files to Timeline
Drag and Drop
Add Multiple Files to the Timeline
Move & Trim Clips on Timeline
Move a Clip (Select Mode)
Trim a Clip (Resize Mode)
Slice a Clip (Razor Mode)
Edit Toolbar
Separate Audio From Video
Only the Video
Only the Audio
Duplicate Clips
Clip Properties
Launch the Clip Properties Screen
Preview Changes
General Tab
Length Tab
Speed Tab
Layout Tab
Audio Tab
Video Tab
Effects Tab
Key Frames
Preset Animation
Preset Layout
Crop Effect
Rotate Effect
Fixed Rotation
Animated Rotation
Simple Rotation
Title Editor
Launch Title Editor
Create New Title File
Title Editor Window
Scrolling Titles / Credits
Animated Title Editor
Launch Animated Title Editor
Create New Animated Title
Transition Screen
Add a Transition
Move a Transition
Resize a Transition
Switch the Direction
Transition Properties
Convert to Mask
Create a New Transition / Mask
Remove a Transition
List of Transitions
Add an Effect
Adjust Effect Settings
List of Effects
Export Video
Launch Export Window
Simple Mode
Advanced Mode
Upload Video
Export to XML
Project Types / Profiles
Become an OpenShot Developer
The Big Picture
Getting the Latest Source Code
Setting Up Your Environment
Fixing Your First Bug
Sharing Your Changes with the OpenShot Team
Join the OpenShot Developers Team on LaunchPad
About OpenShot
OpenShot Development Team
More Information
Copyright & Trademark


OpenShot Video Editor is a program designed to create and edit videos on Linux.  It can easily combine multiple video clips, audio clips, and images into a single project, and then export the video into many common video formats.

OpenShot is a non-linear video editor, which means any frame of video can be accessed at any time, and thus the video clips can be layered, mixed, and arranged in very creative ways.  All video clip edits (trimming, cutting, etc...) are non-destructive, meaning that the original video clips are never modified.

You can use OpenShot to create photo slide shows, edit home videos, create television commercials and on-line films, or anything else you can dream up.

Features Overview:

  1. Support for many video, audio, and image formats (based on FFmpeg)

  2. Gnome integration (drag and drop support)

  3. Multiple tracks

  4. Clip resizing, trimming, snapping, and cutting

  5. Video transitions with real-time previews

  6. Compositing, image overlays, watermarks

  7. Title templates, title creation, 3D animated titles

  8. SVG friendly, to create and include titles and credits

  9. Scrolling motion picture credits

  10. Solid colour clips (including alpha compositing)

  11. Support for Rotoscoping / Image sequences

  12. Drag and drop timeline

  13. Frame stepping, key-mappings: J,K, and L keys

  14. Video encoding (based on FFmpeg)

  15. Key Frame animation

  16. Digital zooming of video clips

  17. Speed changes on clips (slow motion etc)

  18. Custom transition wipes, lumas, and masks

  19. Re-sizing of clips (frame size)

  20. Audio mixing and editing

  21. Presets for key frame animations and layout

  22. Ken Burns effect (making video by panning over an image)

  23. Digital video effects, including brightness, gamma, hue, greyscale, chroma key (bluescreen / greenscreen), and over 40 other video and audio effects