Learn OpenShot in 5 Minutes!

Using OpenShot is very easy, and this tutorial will take you through the basics in under 5 minutes.  After this tutorial, you will be able to make a simple photo slide-show with music.

Step 1 – Import Photos & Music

Before we can begin making a video, we need to import files into OpenShot.  Drag and drop a few images (*.JPG, *.PNG, etc...) and a music file (most formats will work) from your Desktop to OpenShot Video Editor.  Be sure to drop the files where the arrow in the illustration is pointing to.

Step 2 – Arrange Photos on Timeline

After you have imported some files, the next step is adding them to the timeline and arranging them. Click on each photo (one at a time), and drag them onto Track 2 on the timeline.  Drag and drop the photos (also known as clips) to arrange them.

Step 3 – Add Music to Timeline

To make our photo slide-show more interesting, we need to add some music.  You should have imported a music file in step 1.  Click on the music file, and drag it onto Track 1 on the timeline.

Step 4 – Preview your Project

To preview what our video looks & sounds like, click the Play button under the preview window.  Click the Play button again to pause your video.  Remember, if you need to re-arrange any clips, just drag and drop the clips to move them.

Step 5 – Export your Video

Once you are happy with your photo slide-show video, the next step is to export your video.  This will convert your OpenShot project into a single video file, which should work on any Linux media player (such as Totem, VLC, etc...) or websites (such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc...).

Click on the Export Video icon at the top of the screen (or use the File > Export Video... menu).  Choose from one of the many preset export options, and click the Export Video button.

Step 6 – Enjoy OpenShot!

You should now have a basic understanding of how OpenShot works.  Importing, Arranging, Previewing, and Exporting. Hopefully this tutorial took less than 5 minutes for you to complete.  Please read the rest of this manual for a more detailed understanding of OpenShot, and it's advanced features.  Enjoy!