Brief: The Openshot 2.2 is here with the promise to edit 4K videos and a lot of major improvements and bug fixes.
One of the best video editors for Linux, OpenShot has a new major release. If you didn’t know already, OpenShot Video Editor is a free, open-source, non-linear video editor for Linux, Mac OS and Windows. It is built with Python, GTK, and the MLT Framework.
After it’s inception in 2013, the first major release, i.e OpenShot 2.0, of the non-linear video editing tool came earlier this year in January. And now OpenShot 2.2 is here three months after the release of OpenShot 2.1 with a promise to playback and edit 4K video files, seems like the community is working hard to bring the best.
“Happy Holidays to all the OpenShot supporters around the world! I am very proud to announce the latest and greatest release of OpenShot (version 2.2) has just arrived, and is ready to edit all your holiday videos! It’s faster, more stable, and better than ever,” said Jonathan Thomas, the creator of OpenShot, at it’s official release note.
OpenShot 2.1 had many great features, such as trimming and arranging videos, adjusting audio levels, transitions between videos, compositing multiple layers of video, chroma-key/green screen effect, easily add sub-titles, transitions, and effects, and then export your film to DVD, YouTube, Vimeo, Xbox 360, and many other common formats.
But with the upcoming user demands on top of a slightly unstable OpenShot 2.1, here is what the updated version has to offer.
New features in OpenShot 2.2
- Performance improved more than 10x compared to OpenShot 2.1. OpenShot 2.0 now has a new caching engine which is built from the ground up, and supports both memory and disk back-ends, depending on the user’s needs. This can be configured in the Preferences, under “Cache”. Allowing users to open huge projects with hundreds of files/clips with improved performance up to 10x. Editing HD videos (5K, 4K, 2.5K, and 1080p) is also vastly improved.
- Improved stability. The reviews of OpenShot 2.0 was not particularly great when the stability of the software was concerned. But with this release many critical bugs have been fixed related to seeking, missing frame detection, and AVPacket scope, resulting in a much more stable engine, especially on slower systems.
- Many critical Bug fixes and improvements.
- Selection handles.
- New title templates made their way into the new OpenShot 2.2 release, including Film Ratings and TV Ratings
- Improved frame detection
- Better support for CSS syntax, 28 curve presets.
- Drag and drop a file directly on the timeline
- New 2.5k and 4k profiles added
- Ability to disable unit tests.
- Broken Ubuntu 16.10 PPA fixed.
- Fixed bug when opening .OSP projects via command line.
- Disabled SSL validation.
- Fixed bug when opening legacy 1.4.x project files that contain UTF-8 encoded characters.
- Preferences now save settings on close of dialog (and persist even if a crash follows).
- Fixed bug where the tutorial does not find the correct widget.
- Infrastructure Improvements. Earlier the OpenShot community used Amazon S3 services which led to a monthly cost of approximately over $1000 just for data transfer. Now they have moved their installers into GitHub, thereby reducing the data transfer costs to $0! (uff! a lot of money saved).
Install OpenShot 2.2 in Ubuntu based Linux distributions
The OpenShot 2.2 can be installed on Ubuntu and its variants by adding its stable PPA and installing the latest release. Open your terminal and type the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openshot-qt
Now that OpenShot is installed, you should be able to launch it from your Applications menu, or from the terminal using the command openshot-qt.
Uninstall OpenShot 2.2
sudo apt-get remove openshot-qt
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:openshot.developers/ppa
Also, OpenShot 2.2 is available to download for free for Windows, MacOS and Linux from the official OpenShot website.
What really sets OpenShot apart from other video editors is the easy-to-use user interface. And with 4K editing and improved features the OpenShot 2.2 might just be the thing that an end-user may want. For now, the update seems to be working fine with some minor scope of improvement.
Anyways, with Christmas and New Year coming, this is always a welcomed update. OpenShot is under active development, and while strong already, will become even stronger in the coming months.
Did you try the OpenShot 2.2? Are you eager to try the new version? Let us know your thoughts in the comments space below.