Work in the video editor OpenShot Video Editor

Today video editing is a very popular work. For users involved in it, developed special editors. They have many different interesting features that allow you to make your video bright and expressive. One of these programs is the video editor OpenShot Video Editor. Today we will talk in detail about the installation of this application and will look in detail at how to edit video in it.

Recommendations for working in the OpenShot Video Editor.

OpenShot installation

This video editor is supported on Windows, Linux and MacOS. To work correctly, your device must have at least 4 gigabytes of RAM.

Installation on Windows and MacOS

Installing the program is not difficult even for a very experienced user:

  1. Go to the official website of the developers. On the page that opens, slightly below the Download link, there are buttons for navigating between different operating systems. If you wish, you can install the 32-bit version or torrent. After selecting the desired version, click on Download.
  2. Select the location where the file will be installed.
  3. Open the installed file.
  4. Select a language and check "I accept the terms of the agreement."
  5. Select the folder in which the editor will be installed.
  6. Wait until the end of the process.

Installing on Linux

If you have a Linux system installed on your computer, then you should do a slightly different operation:

  1. Go to the terminal.
  2. Enter the following commands in it:
    • sudo add-apt-repository ppa: openshot.developers / ppa /
    • sudo apt-get update
    • sudo apt-get install openshot-qt
  3. So that in the future we would have access to all the features of the video editor, we install the Blender program. To do this, enter the following command in the terminal: sudo apt-get install blender

How to use OpenShot Video Editor

Let's talk in detail about working in OpenShot. After opening the program, we see a nice and simple interface. We will deal with the main functions of the editor required for installation.

Adding Files

Of course, from the very beginning it is necessary to add files for editing. This can be done in two ways.

Method 1

  1. Go to the tab "File" ® "Import Files".
  2. Next in the explorer, select the desired material and click "Open".

Method 2

A simpler way is to simply move all the data into the program window. Just find all the material in the explorer, select it and move it to the "Project Files" section. From here they can already be moved to the tracks.

Layfhak : to make the area with tracks and project files larger or smaller, simply move the slider next to this section.

Video and audio cutting

Cutting video and audio is very simple. First, move the slider to the place where you want to split the fragment. Click on the scissors icon. After that, instead of the cursor, you will have a scalpel with a blue stripe. Then just move the cursor to the slider and click the left mouse button. Now the video is divided into several parts. If you click on other places, new and new fragments will be created. After completing the cutting, do not forget to press the scissors again to disable the function.

OpenShot transitions

There is nothing difficult in creating transitions, however, one nuance is worth considering. Go to the “Transitions” tab. Select your favorite option and move it to the track. Next, adjust its size. To do this operation is necessary in all places where transitions are needed. It is important to remember to do one thing. Above the transition is a tick to click. In the menu that opens, select "Reverse Jump". This must be done for all transitions.

Chroma Key (remove green background)

To use this function, you must have a video with a green background and a background that we will put in place of the green. It can be both an image and a video file. First of all, move all the necessary material to the tracks. Check that the video with a green background is higher than the background that we will be putting. Go to the "Effects" tab and find Chroma Key (Green Background). Move it to the path where we remove the background. Next, right-click on the letter C (on a green background) and select "Properties." Double-click on the black color and select the one to be removed in the palette. After that, adjust the blur so that everything is smooth and beautiful.

Color correction

OpenShot has a simple but high-quality color correction. To implement it, move the “Color saturation” and “Brightness and contrast” effects to your video. Click on the letters on the top, select "Properties." Move the sliders until you get better results.


If you decide to make any secret or meaningless information blurry, then you will not get it very well. However, you can apply this function in a different way, for example, by making the background of the video more blurry than the image itself. To do this, move the video to the bottom track, and the picture - to the top. Go to the "Effects", find the "Blur" and move it to the bottom track. Click on the letter of the effect, go to "Properties" and adjust the blur.

Sound editing

Music in the video is an integral component. To adjust its volume, click on the arrow next to the audio and select the option you want. You can lower the sound to 90 percent or less throughout the entire clip, or only at the end. A useful feature is the attenuation at the end. To use it, click again on the arrow and go to “Volume” ® “End of the clip” ® “Damping” (slow or fast).


Before you start working with subtitles, you need to download the Blender program. This can be done by clicking on the link. To create titles, go to “Titles” ® “Create Titles”. Before you appeared a lot of different blanks. Choose the one you like. Now you can edit the color, background, font, etc. You can also open “Animated Captions” by going to the corresponding panel.

Saving results

It's time to save the results. To do this, follow the further instructions:

  1. Go to “File” ® “Select Profile”.
  2. Select the quality and number of frames per second. Close the panel.
  3. Go back to “File” ® “Export Video”. Specify the name of the file and the place where it will be saved.
  4. In the "Target" section, select MP4 H.264 or AVI H.264.
  5. Select a resolution.
  6. Click "Export Video".


In today's article we dealt with the installation in the video editor OpenShot Video Editor. As you can see, this is a multifunctional program for both beginners and professionals. The program interface is clear, so everyone can understand it. We hope that you have no questions left, but if you have them, then ask them in the comments.