Now, with a major update to it (v.2.5.0), OpenShot has added a lot of new improvements and features. And, trust me, it’s not just any regular release – it is a huge release packed with features that you probably wanted for a very long time.
In this article, I will briefly mention the key changes involved in the latest release.
OpenShot 2.5.0 Key Features
Here are some of the major new features and improvements in OpenShot 2.5:
Hardware Acceleration Support
The hardware acceleration support is still an experimental addition – however, it is a useful feature to have.
Instead of relying on your CPU to do all the hard work, you can utilize your GPU to encode/decode video data when working with MP4/H.264 video files.
This will affect (or improve) the performance of OpenShot in a meaningful way.
Support Importing/Exporting Files From Final Cut Pro & Premiere
Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere are the 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) the files from Final Cut Pro & Premiere in EDL & XML formats.
Thumbnail Generation Improved
This isn’t a big feature – but a necessary improvement to most of the video editors. You don’t want broken images in the thumbnails (your timeline/library). So, with this update, OpenShot now generates the thumbnails using a local HTTP server, can check multiple folder locations, and regenerate missing ones.
Blender 2.8+ Support
The new OpenShot release also supports the latest Blender (.blend) format – so it should come in handy if you’re using Blender as well.
Easily Recover Previous Saves & Improved Auto-backup
It was always a horror to lose your timeline work after you accidentally deleted it – which was then auto-saved to overwrite your saved project.
Now, the auto-backup feature has improved with an added ability to easily recover your previous saved version of the project.
Even though you can recover your previous saves now – you will find a limited number of the saved versions, so you have to still remain careful.
In addition to all the key highlights mentioned above, you will also notice a performance improvement when using the keyframe system.
Several other issues like SVG compatibility, exporting & modifying keyframe data, and resizable preview window have been fixed in this major update. For privacy-concerned users, OpenShot no longer sends usage data unless you opt-in to share it with them.
For more information, you can take a look at OpenShot’s official blog post to get the release notes.
Installing OpenShot 2.5 on Linux
You can simply download the .AppImage file from its official download page to install the latest OpenShot version. If you’re new to AppImage, you should also check out how to use AppImage on Linux to easily launch OpenShot.
Some distributions like Arch Linux may also provide the latest OpenShot release with regular system updates.
PPA available for Ubuntu-based distributions
On Ubuntu-based distributions, if you don’t want to use AppImage, you can use the official PPA from OpenShot:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa sudo apt update sudo apt install openshot-qt
You may want to know how to remove PPA if you want to uninstall it later.
With all the latest changes/improvements considered, do you see OpenShot as your primary video editor on Linux? If not, what more do you expect to see in OpenShot? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.