About Us

Learn about OpenShot, how it began, and who created it

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About OpenShot

OpenShot Video Editor is a free, open-source video editor for Linux. OpenShot can take your videos, photos, and music files and help you create the film you have always dreamed of. Easily add sub-titles, transitions, and effects, and then export your film to DVD, YouTube, Vimeo, Xbox 360, and many other common formats. Check out the full feature list, view screenshots, or watch videos of OpenShot in action!

The Story of OpenShot

The dramatic story of how and why OpenShot was created, is best understood by reading: Our Story.

Creator & Lead Developer

OpenShot was created in August 2008, by Jonathan Thomas, a software developer from Arlington, Texas, USA. However, Jonathan is now assisted by many key developers: Meet the Developers. In 2012, OpenShot Studios, LLC was incorporated by Jonathan Thomas, and all copyright and trademark properties were transferred to this new company, to better protect the interests of each contributor. Soon after, OpenShot Studios joined the Open Invention Network (OIN), in order to strengthen it's ability to protect the contributors and source-code.

Programming Language & Dependencies

OpenShot is written primarily in Python, with a GTK+ interface, and uses the MLT framework, FFmpeg, and Blender to power many of the advanced features.

Operating Systems

Currently, only the Linux operating system is supported. However, it is our ultimate goal to bring OpenShot to as many users as possible, which includes other operating systems, such as Windows and OS X.

Licensing Information

OpenShot Video Editorâ„¢ is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Download OpenShot

There are many ways to download OpenShot, including DEB and RPM installers, Personal Package Archives (PPA), and repositories for most Linux distros: Download it Now.

Contact Us

There are many ways to contact the OpenShot team, including email, IRC, and Facebook. For details on how to contact us, visit our Contact Us page.