OpenShot Is one of the best open source video editors available. With all the features it provides, it is already a great video editor on Linux.
Now, a major update to it (v.2.5.0), OpenShot adds many new improvements and features. And, trust me, it’s not just any regular distribution, but a huge distribution with features you might need for a long time.
In this article, I will briefly introduce the key changes involved in the latest version.
OpenShot 2.5.0 main features
Here are some of the major new features and improvements in OpenShot 2.5:
Hardware acceleration support
Hardware acceleration support is still an experimental addition-however, it is a useful feature.
When processing MP4 / H.264 video files, you can utilize the GPU to encode / decode video data without relying on the CPU to do all the hard work.
This will affect (or improve) the performance of OpenShot in a meaningful way.
Supports import / export files from Final Cut Pro and Premiere
Final Cut Pro with Adobe Premiere Are two popular video editors for professional content creators. OpenShot 2.5 now allows you to work on projects created on these platforms. It can import (or export) files from Final Cut Pro & Premiere in EDL and XML formats.
Improved thumbnail generation
This is not a big feature, but it is a necessary improvement for most video editors. You don’t want the image in the thumbnail (your timeline / library) to be corrupted. So with this update, OpenShot can now generate thumbnails using a local HTTP server, can check multiple folder locations, and regenerate missing folders.
Blender 2.8+ support
The new OpenShot version also supports the latest Blender (.Blend) format – so if you use Blender at the same time, it should come in handy as well.
Easily restore previous saves and improved automatic backups
When you accidentally delete a timetable, you are always scared because the timetable is automatically saved to overwrite your saved items.
The Auto Backup feature has now been improved with added features to easily restore previously saved versions of your project.
Even if you can now restore your previous saves-you will find a limited number of saved versions, so you still have to be careful.
In addition to all the key points mentioned above, you will also notice performance improvements when using the keyframe system.
Several other issues have been fixed in this major update, including SVG compatibility, exporting and modifying keyframe data, and resizable preview windows. For privacy-related users, OpenShot will no longer send usage data unless you choose to share it with them.
For more information you can take a look OpenShot’s official blog post Get release notes.
Install OpenShot 2.5 on Linux
You just need to download the .AppImage file from it Official download page Install the latest OpenShot version. If you are not familiar with AppImage, you should also check out how to easily launch OpenShot with AppImage on Linux.
Some distributions (such as Arch Linux) may also provide the latest OpenShot version as well as regular system updates.
PPA is available for Ubuntu based distributions
On Ubuntu-based distributions, if you don’t want to use AppImage, you can use OpenShot’s official PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa sudo apt update sudo apt install openshot-qt
If you want to uninstall PPA in the future, you may want to know how to remove it.
Considering all the latest changes / improvements, do you consider OpenShot as the main video editor on Linux? If not, what else would you like to see in OpenShot? Share your thoughts in the comments below.