OpenShot stands out as a free video editing software compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux, making it an attractive choice for budget-conscious editors. However, in a crowded landscape of free editing tools, does OpenShot truly merit your investment of time? Let's delve into its features.

Getting Started

The interface boasts a sleek and appealing design, remaining largely unchanged over the past two years. OpenShot offers both Simple and Advanced views, catering to users' preferences for on-screen information. Customization options allow resizing and repositioning of interface sections, offering a versatile and welcome user experience.

Working with Files

OpenShot supports a variety of file formats, including audio files, still photos, and various video codecs, up to 4K. While it provides an array of transitions, it still faces limitations such as the inability to open AVCHD files, the default format for many modern camcorders. The timeline, featuring five default tracks, allows flexibility in layering audio and video without segregation.

Titles and Effects

Adding titles involves a somewhat cumbersome process, requiring users to navigate through floating windows. While keyframe animation is available, certain limitations, such as split scaling options for the X and Y axes, can be frustrating. Animated titles and advanced title editing are possible with additional installations of Blender and Inkscape.


OpenShot offers customizable keyboard shortcuts for editing tasks, although some navigation shortcuts may face functionality issues. The JKL functionality (rewind, stop, fast forward) works but may require double-key presses at times. Previewing clips lacks In and Out points, necessitating the use of the Split option, which adds complexity to the process.

One positive change in OpenShot's performance is its improved speed and stability. Transitions and effects are applied more efficiently, contributing to a more reliable user experience.

Final Verdict

While OpenShot displays potential and improved stability, the lack of expected updates after two years raises concerns. Despite its strides in stability, there are better alternatives available, even within the realm of free video editing software.