Coming back from a recent vacation I have reams of images and several video clips that are in serious need of editing. I thought I’d try using PhotoStory as my kids use it at school and I haven’t heard the end of how great it is and easy to use blah, blah blah. Problem is it’s a Microsoft product. That in itself isn’t so much of a problem but Microsoft has the gall to question the authenticity of my Windows license just for the pleasure of downloading the latest (2005!) version of the app. After jumping through the required hoops and installing countless service packs and the obligatory reboot, I got the software installed. After a quick look around I realize that it won’t import videos and has a limit of 300 images. Ok, we’re done here. I have over 500 images and several videos. That was the whole point of looking for something that could make a nice clean video compilation.
Enter OpenShot for Linux.
OpenShot Video Editor is a free, open-source video editor for Linux. OpenShot can take your videos, photos, and music files and help you create the film you have always dreamed of. Easily add sub-titles, transitions, and effects, and then export your film to DVD, YouTube, Vimeo, Xbox 360, and many other common formats. Check out the full feature list, view screenshots, or watch videos of OpenShot in action!
Now I’ve tried other Linux video editors and spent my share of time with iMovie on our mac but I didn’t expect quite this much. It’s fast, simple yet capable and super easy to use. In an hour of fiddling I didn’t run into anything it couldn’t do for me and I didn’t get bogged down with features I didn’t need. Overall I’m very impressed. Grab the latest build and give it a shot. You’ll be uploading home movies to YouTube before you know it.