2.4 out of 5 with 42 ratings

OpenShot Reviews

If it were only stable

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Looks like it has great potential, but kept crashing in my Quad-Core Windows 10 machine.

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This software is terrible. It lacks features, the UI is 20th century and it crashes. Everything takes ages to accomplish. The first (and only!) project I used it for, was completely scrambled beyond repair not one, but two times by a buggy undo/redo function, costing me almost a full day of work. Stay away from this. It will not give you any joy or let you accomplish any work in a remotely reasonable time. I read it has been like this for years now, without any substantial improvement. Its "cousin" ShotCut, which is based on the same framework, suffers from similar problems. You can not polish a turd! Sometimes it is better to let a project die instead of perpetually dragging people into it and wasting their time.

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I had zero problems when using Shotcut, I don't know where did you get your information from. I didn't use OpenShot to judge but Shotcut was the most reliable one in free editing software.


Useless

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As others mentioned already: crashes

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Agreed. Can't even get the damn thing past opening it. Window flickers and there's some splash screen where there's a checkbox "don't show this again at startup" that can't even be checked. Uninstalled. (Version 2.4, Xubuntu 16.04.) suspect some dependencies missing or wrong versions called for, or permissions not set properly on install (from ppa or deb, either one.)


Doesn't work

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Can't read localized filenames. Crashes all the time.

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It's just slow - it doesn't use my GPU and instead...

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Update - I misclicked and deleted a bunch of my work. This misclick could not be undone using the undo button. The program autosaved right after I made the mistake so there appears to be no way to retrieve my work. I've filed an issue: https://github.com/OpenShot/openshot-qt/issues/2488

I strongly recommend against using this program for projects you'll spend any more than an hour on.

It's just slow - it doesn't use my GPU and instead maxes out the 8 cores on my CPU. This program just about gets the job done but trying to cut a 1 hour video into something that's 10 minutes long is a little bit painful.

After I finish this project, I'm going to install something a little more professional (probably Adobe Premiere).

I have high hopes for this future of this project as development is continued. They're aware that the GPU should be used but it doesn't appear to be a priority.

Using version 2.4.3.

[Edited by Horizon, December 28]

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SLOOOOOOOOOW. When I add a music track it pops and clicks. Okay for simple edits, but very frustrating doing more than that.

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Slow, Slow, Slow, Slow.
Crashes.

It works, but you must really have patience.
Decent interface, simple.

If you have a mac, stick to iMovie, 10 times better.

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not worth it

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Its so basic, you cant do anything like in VSDC. the software is exactly like windows movie maker with the ability to move stuff on screen now.

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Total Crap

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It could not even load an 8 second video before crashing. How this pile of crap has over 100 likes is beyond my understanding.

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Unusable crashes often, crashes on export/render. Terrible do not even bother.

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Installed on my Windows 10 x64 machine.

Just wanted to load a short video, clip the end off. Put a music track on it. Crashed while trying to to split a track, crashed while trying to change timeline position. Preview is unusable slow. After 30 minutes of fighting just to do the above task. Crashes on trying to export the video out. Googling OpenShot is terrible brings up a couple of blogs about similar issues. So it isn't just me.

Completely useless. Reinforces my opinion that almost everything with a GNU license is complete crap.

I'll probably go back to using Sony Vegas.

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Bug after bug after bug...ON WIN 7

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It didn't work for me on win7. It loses some of the commands after a short period of use. Go figure. I am not a developer but I ain't some amateur also. This software is far from good.

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Use any other program than Openshot if you plan on doing any real editing.

I've been trying to make a 13 minute long YouTube video for around a week now. I put a lot of time and effort into the video and audio editing. I finally got everything ready to export today. Openshot itself can be painfully slow at times, and while this can be irritating, it is a completely free program so that can be forgiven. What cannot be forgiven though, is the fact that after I exported the video, the finished file is completely broken. The audio seems fine, but the video part is screwed. There are random chunks from various parts of the video in places they shouldn't be (i.e. 2:03-2:12 suddenly cuts to an area that should be at the 7:33 mark). And this happens with no real predictability throughout the duration. When I was editing the video, everything was exactly the way I wanted it. But after I exported the project to an MP4 format, that's when the issues started.

I used my quad core laptop with 8 gigs of ram, and an SSD running Windows 10, so it should be more than adequate to do everything properly. This isn't a hardware issue though, because something very similar happened a couple times on my desktop I built specifically for video editing. I just thought I made a mistake at the time. But after seeing how broken my freshly exported file is, I have to assume this is a bug in the program itself.

It's such a shame because I do like Openshot. It's easy to understand and has enough features for novices. But my god, is it ever frustrating when you waste so much time on a project because your editing software is buggy. I thought I would be done by now but my progress has constantly been handicapped by Openshot.

I'll probably attempt to finish this video with openshot since I'm not home with my desktop and openshot runs fine on my laptop. But after I'm done with it, I'll definitely be looking into better, more stable software.

Very disappointing that I cannot recommend this program because it has so much potential. Unfortunately, potential doesn't equal useability.

[Edited by Videonoob, November 12]

Edit- Tried fixing the file and every time I attempt to export the video. It gives some kind of issue. Dropped frame rates, random chunks of video being added in again, etc. Fuck this program and remove it from the face of the earth. A week of my time fucking wasted because of this program. Rename it to "Photoshit" and be sure no poor soul is ever unfortunate enough to try and use this steaming pile of horse shit ever again. Pay the money for a REAL editing program. Your sanity will thank you.

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Works fine.
Crashes often and has low performance on Windows, but is fine in Linux.

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Every action will lead to "Not Responding" title. Do not use this app on Windows.

I have an experince with it some years ago, when still used my old first-generation Core i3 computer. It just slow at hell. But can still do some task (take hours). Now, in my 4th generation Core i7 (Windows 10), nothing works. Import an image file then "%01d.png is not a vaild video, audio, or image file". Click the Play button to Preview then nothing work. Change the audio display to waveform then "Not Responding". Even save the project will "Not Responding"!

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