The free video editor OpenShot 2.4.2 is released with 7 new effects and enhanced stability

OpenShot, Free and open source video editors for Linux, FreeBSD, Windows and MacOS have been updated to version 2.4.2, which includes new effects and better stability and enhanced performance.
OpenShot is an easy-to-use but powerful video editor, ideal for cutting, slicing and editing videos. The application utilizes the FFmpeg library and is able to read and write most video and image formats.

OpenShot features include:

  • Clip size adjustment, zoom, trim, cut, alpha, capture, rotate, etc.
  • Unlimited number of keyframes and animation possibilities
  • Unlimited tracks/layers
  • Over 400 transitions with real-time preview
  • Synthesis, image overlay and watermark
  • Over 40 vector title templates, title creation and subtitles. 3D animated titles and effects supported by Blender
  • Video editing timeline includes support for drag and drop, scroll, pan, zoom, and capture
  • Audio mixing and editing
  • Support digital video effects, including hue, grayscale, brightness, gamma, chroma key, etc.

The latest OpenShot 2.4.2 contains 7 new effects:

  • crop
  • wave
  • Color shift: can be infinitely wound to convert any color (RGBA)
  • Pixelation: Part or all of the pixelated frame image
  • Bar chart: can be used to animate the colored bars around the video, for example to create a letterbox effect
  • Hue: Adjust the hue of the frame image
  • Shift: infinite pixel shift effect

According to the release notes, Each effect is created from scratch, you can completely set the key frame, you can set the animation, and can be combined with each other. Automatic audio mixing is another new feature in the new 2.4.2 OpenShot version. Thanks to this feature, overlapping audio clips will be adjusted automatically. For example, when the background audio track overlaps with the voice clip, you can automatically reduce its volume. This feature is disabled by default and can be enabled in the clip properties.
The latest Openshot video editor has some other new features, but before that, I want to mention a feature that many people think is more important: improved stability, especially on Windows.
This is particularly important because OpenShot has been very unstable lately and often crashes-not only for me, but also mentioned many times online. You will even see the highlighted content on OpenShot Wikipedia article. Well, in this version, OpenShot is said to be more stable and can fix many crashes. Related: How to install DaVinci Resolve (Professional Video Editor) 15 Other important changes in OpenShot 2.4.2 in Ubuntu, Linux Mint or Debian (generating DEB packages):

  • Automatically rotate photos and videos based on metadata
  • Improve audio playback
  • Improved export dialog: now it shows the progress in the window title, including some performance indicators
  • AAC is now the default audio codec for many presets
  • Experimental codecs supported by FFmpeg and Libav are now available in OpenShot

Download OpenShot Video Editor

The official download of OpenShot Linux provides AppImage binary files, but there is also a Ubuntu PPA Available.