Review: OpenShot Video Editor Pros and Cons

OpenShot is a totally free and open source video editor, created by Jonathan Thomas, for Windows, macOS and Linux. The program is designed with the objective to provide an easy to use, free and stable video editing suite for novices and casual users. This video editor is quite simple to use with amazing features such as unlimited tracks, beautiful video effects, title editor, animation & keyframes as well as slow motion and 3D animations. In today’s article, we’ll share with your our detail review of OpenShot to give you better views of this program for your consideration: to use it or not.

OpenShot user interface is as simple to use as other consumer video editors.
OpenShot user interface is as simple to use as other consumer video editors.

Our Review

First off, OpenShot is safe to download from its official website thanks to what we’ve tested so far. OpenShot 2.4.3 is the latest version of this software. As it is an open source software, we highly recommend you to double check the download package for safety reason at prior to allow it to be installed on your computer.

Secondly, as it’s a free tool, and developed by a small group of developers, thus you can’t expect too much on either technical support services or detail tutorial from the team (through you can find basic tutorial document on OpenShot home page). As you’re not a customer, just a free user. If you like it, say thank to Jonathan and stop using it if you’re not happy. Added to that, OpenShot™ 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.

Thirdly, OpenShot is not a super lightweight video editing program for sure. It requires a high end PC to execute the work perfectly. Take this minimum system requirements (recommended by developers) into your account when you want to try OpenShot:

  • 64-bit Operating System (Linux, OS X, Windows 7/8/10)
  • Multi-core processor with 64-bit support
  • 4GB of RAM (16GB recommended)
  • 500 MB of hard-disk space for installation
  • Optional: Solid-state drive (SSD), if utilizing disk-caching (and an additional 10GB of hard-disk space)

Finally, according to our careful review, OpenShot is simple to use yet powerful enough for video editing work. It has all tools you need to create nice looking videos for YouTube or other online sharing channel. However, the program performance is not as stable as what we expected. That’s not to mentioned weird audio noise when previewing the media files. If you’re working on low end laptops, take a look at our best pick video editors for low end Pcs/ laptops here.

Here are OpenShot Pros and Cons:

OpenShot Video Editor Pros

  • It’s completely free and simple to use. You don’t have to pay any money to get it.
  • It’s a capable video editor which lets you cut, trim, crop, split and merge video clips easily.
  • There are various kind of transitions and video effects to use for free, including Chroma key, Color filters, title editor and audio tools.
  • It supports more than 70 languages and an be translated online with LaunchPad.
  • OpenShot lets you export your project in 4K UHD 60fps and 2.5K QHD 60 fps without watermark.

OpenShot Video Editor Cons

  • The program crashes very often, especially when you’re editing video on a laptop.
  • Video rendering speed is not as fast as stated.
  • It’s hard to control video effects after added to the clips.

That’s all the information you need to know about this free video editor. If you have any question about it, please drop us an email, we’ll take a look if we can solve your problem. If you need an alternative to OpenShot, take a look at this article.

Here are some screenshot of this program for your information:

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Features Description from Publisher


OpenShot is a cross-platform video editor, with support for Linux, Mac, and Windows. Get started and download our installer today.

Trim & Slice

Quickly trim down your videos, and find those perfect moments. OpenShot has many easy ways to cut your video.

Animation & Keyframes

Using our powerful animation framework, you can fade, slide, bounce, and animate anything in your video project.

Unlimited Tracks

Add as many layers as you need for watermarks, background videos, audio tracks, and more.

Video Effects

Using our video effects engine, remove the background from your video, invert the colors, adjust brightness, and more.

Audio Waveforms

Visualize your audio files as waveforms, and even output the waveforms as part of your video.

Title Editor

Adding titles to your video has never been easier. Use one of our templates, or make your own.

3D Animations

Render beautiful 3D animated titles and effects, such as snow, lens flares, or flying text.

Slow Motion & Time Effects

Control the power of time, reversing, slowing down, and speeding up video. Use a preset or animate the playback speed and direction.

Edit Video

Drag and drop video, audio, or images from your file manager into OpenShot. It’s that easy to get started video editing.

70+ Languages

OpenShot is available in many different languages, and can be translated online with LaunchPad.

Simple User Interface

We have designed OpenShot to be the easiest and friendliest video editing software ever! Give it a try and see for yourself.

How To Edit Video With OpenShot?

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