It’s almost here, folk: the first major update to video editor OpenShot in what seems like an eternity.

Well, since February to be exact.

Version 1.4.0 of the popular open-source video editor, set for release at the end of September, will come with new transitions, video and audio effects, tools for advanced colour correction, and additional animated titles.

OpenShot 1.4.0 in Ubuntu 11.04

Support for ‘middle mouse dragging’ on the timeline, as demoed in the following video by OpenShot’s creator Jonathan Thomas, is also due for inclusion in the up-coming release.

New effects and transitions

Amongst the handful of new video transitions are: –

  • Bubbles
  • Clouds

New video effects will include: –

  • Equalizor
  • Flippo
  • Letterbox
  • Levels
  • Scanlines
  • Primary colours
  • RGB Parade
  • Tint

Trying OpenShot 1.4

As mentioned in the opening of this article OpenShot 1.4.0 is scheduled for release in late September.

If you have itchy fingers – and love a bit of app instability – a “highly unstable” Daily Build PPA for OpenShot has been set up. The PPA supports Ubuntu 10.04 through to 11.10.

OpenShot Daily Build PPA

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