Export Video

Once your have completed a project, you will want to export it to the correct format, based on your needs.  OpenShot has many predefined formats to simplify this process. There are two modes to export a video in OpenShot, Simple Mode and Advanced Mode.

Both modes share a common area at the top of the screen, General Options.  Name your video file (no extension) and choose an export folder.

Launch Export Window

To launch the export window, click on the Export Video toolbar icon at the top of the main window, or choose File > Export Video.

Simple Mode

OpenShot has many predefined export formats, which cover the most common export scenarios. Select a Project Type, such as DVD or Web, and then choose the Target, Video Profile, and Quality.  If you select All Formats, it will give you a list of all common formats, and let you pick the one you want.

Upload to Web

Choose the Upload to Web option at the top of this screen to choose between YouTube and Vimeo.  These are two very common video sharing websites.  This will automatically set the export settings that are compatible with the selected video website, and launch the Upload Video screen once the video file has been created.

Advanced Mode

The advanced options should only be used by someone familiar with FFmpeg, since it is so easy to create invalid combinations of codecs, formats, and bit-rate settings.  However, if you are familiar with these settings, any FFmpeg supported format/codec/bit-rate can be used, which opens up dozens and dozens of additional formats that can be used during the export process.  You can also export your video as an image sequence, which can be useful if you intend to import this video into a program that requires image sequences, such as Blender.

Also, if you first select values for the Simple Mode, and then switch to the Advanced Mode, it will preselect all of the Simple Mode settings.