Main Window

OpenShot Video Editor has one main window which contains most of the information, buttons, and menus needed to edit your video project.


# Name Description
1 Main Toolbar Contains buttons to open, save, and export your video project.
2 Function Tabs Switch between Project Files, Transitions, and Effects.
3 Project Files All audio, video, and image files that have been imported into your project.
4 Preview Window This is the area that the video will playback on the screen.
5 Edit Toolbar This toolbar contains buttons used for snapping, inserting markers, and jumping between markers.
6 Zoom Slider This slider will adjust the time-scale of your timeline.
7 Play-head / Ruler The ruler shows the time-scale, and the red line is the play-head. The play-head represents the current playback position.
8 Timeline The timeline visualizes your video project, and each clip and transition in your project.
9 Filter Filter the list of items shown (project files, transitions, and effects) by using these buttons and filter textbox. Enter a few letters of what you are looking for, and the results will be shown.

For step-by-step instructions on the basic usage of OpenShot, be sure to read the Quick Tutorial.

Built-in Tutorial

When you first launch OpenShot, you will be presented with a friendly built-in tutorial. It will point out and explain the basics. Clicking Next will jump to the next topic. You can always view this tutorial again from the Help->Tutorial menu.


Tracks & Layers

OpenShot uses tracks to layer videos and images. The top most track is the top layer, and the bottom track is the bottom layer. If you are familiar with layers in a photo editing application, then you should be quite familiar with this concept. OpenShot will mix each layer together, just like a photo editing application. You can have an unlimited number of tracks, but typically a video project will not need more than 10 (or so) tracks.

For example, imagine a 3 track video project

# Name Description
1 Top Track Clips on this track will always be on top and visible
2 Middle Track Clips in the middle (might or might not be visible, depending on what is above them)
3 Bottom Track Clips on this track will always be on the bottom

Keyboard Shortcuts

Here is a list of the default keyboard shortcuts supported by OpenShot. You can configure these shortcuts in the Preferences dialog. Learning a few of these shortcuts can save you a bunch of time!

Shortcut Action
Ctrl+H About OpenShot
Ctrl+M Add Marker
Ctrl+Shift+T Add Track
Ctrl+W Add to Timeline
Ctrl+B Animated Title
Ctrl+P Choose Profile
Ctrl+C Copy
Delete Delete Item
Backspace Delete Item
Ctrl+D Details View
Ctrl+E Export Video
L Fast Forward
F11 Fullscreen
Ctrl+F Import Files
Ctrl+End Jump to End
Ctrl+Home Jump to Start
Ctrl+N New Project
Right Next Frame
Ctrl+Right Next Marker
Ctrl+O Open Project
Ctrl+V Paste
Space Play/Pause Toggle
Up Play/Pause Toggle
Down Play/Pause Toggle
K Play/Pause Toggle
Ctrl+Shift+P Preferences
Left Previous Frame
Ctrl+Left Previous Marker
Ctrl+I Properties
Ctrl+Q Quit
Ctrl+Y Redo
J Rewind
Ctrl+S Save Project
Ctrl+Shift+S Save Project As...
Ctrl+A Select All
Ctrl+Shift+A Select None
Ctrl+K Slice All: Keep Both Sides
Ctrl+L Slice All: Keep Left Side
Ctrl+J Slice All: Keep Right Side
Ctrl+G Toggle Snapping
Ctrl+X Split Clip
Ctrl+Shift+D Thumbnail View
Ctrl+T Title Editor
Ctrl+Z Undo
= Zoom In
Zoom Out
Ctrl+Scroll Zoom In/Out
Ctrl+Middle Button Scroll Timeline