New features and effects have landed in the latest release of open-source linux video editor OpenShot. 

New title animations, effects and animation presets all feature, as does a new font selection window during title creation. Elsewhere there are improvements to clip length, default image length and GTK theme fixes.


The release also contains a wide selection of bug fixes and stability improvements. None of these magically turn OpenShot into the most sure-footed of software (i.e. it still crashes) but contain enough to ensure that OpenShot matures at a steady pace.

For the cutting up your holiday clips of adding some backing music to a screencast it’s more than capable.

I wouldn’t trust an important or overly complex/large project to OpenShot just yet, and if I did I would most certainly be hitting the ‘Save’ button out of mortal fear of losing my work.

Install OpenShot 1.4.1 in Ubuntu

OpenShot 1.4.1 is available to install in Ubuntu 10.04 through 12.04 by adding the OpenShot Stable PPA.

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install openshot
Once installed OpenShot can be launched from the Dash. FOr 3D text feature OpenShot requires the installation of Blender.
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