OpenShot – one of the best video editor available for Linux – finally has a PPA! That’s news enough in-itself as it means pain free installation but the even better news is it now comes complete with effects!

New Effects

30 awesome video effects are now included – including Chroma Key (green screen) allowing you to create all sorts of awesome videos. These are in addition to the 15+ transitions included!

The new effects include: –

  • Black and White
  • Blur
  • Glow
  • Mirror
  • Old Grain
  • Pixelate
  • Water
  • Sepia

3 new audio effects make it into the latest release, too: –

  • Phaser
  • Pitch
  • Echo

And in the spirit of OpenShot, it’s as easy as dragging and dropping an effect on a clip.


You can install PPA in Jaunty and Karmic using the following official PPA: –

Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)
deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main
GPG Key: sudo apt-key adv –keyserver –recv-keys B9BA26FA

Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers
The PPA also contains the latest versions of all necessary dependencies that OpenShot requires – such as FFmpeg, MLT, Frei0r, and x264 so no worries about not being able to run it!

WARNING: Currently installing OpenShot via PPA will break video playback. You are advised to use the .deb’s from the official site or follow the advice here.


Once you’ve added the PPa you can install it via Add/Remove or Software Centre or via the terminal using: –

  • sudo apt-get install openshot

Ibex or Hardy users can grab pre-made .deb’s @


So far testing the new version of OpenShot in Karmic I’ve found it to freeze up a lot so karmic users be warned. Other wise it’s the same awesome quality I’ve come to expect from the OpenShot team who, let’s face it, have created the de facto video editor for Linux. OpenShot is to Linux what iMovie is to OS X.

“OpenShot Is The De-Facto Video Editor For Linux.”

PiTiVi is another popular video editor that has a lot of potential but as OpenShot point out in their announcement, despite PiTiVi having full time paid developers it’s progress is incredibly slow. It lacks most of the important user-end features that OpenShot has – effects, titles, transitions…

Be sure to check out the following official demo video!

OpenShot Video Gets Effects!!! from Jonathan Thomas on Vimeo.

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