OpenShot 2.1.0 adds new animation features, extended audio tools, an improved timeline, improved performance, better tutorials and more.
There aren’t many free video editors available, but OpenShot Video Editor isn’t just notable for being free and open source – it’s also a powerful cross-platform application with a slick, easy-to-use interface.
With OpenShot you can turn your videos, photos and music files into a movie, allowing you to easily trim and arrange videos; adjust audio levels; add sub-titles, transitions and effects; and then export your movie to DVD, YouTube and many other common formats. It offers dozens of audio and video effects, curve-based camera motion, compositing, audio mixing, vector titles, and 3D animated title sequences.
Now there’s a new version, OpenShot 2.1.0, that adds new animation features, including layers, transparent image sequences and keyframe support.
Extended audio tools enable displaying waveforms on clips, swapping audio channels or moving audio into separate clips, handy if you need to resynchronise sound and pictures.
The timeline has a host of major improvements. There’s snapping support when dropping files or transitions; locking to prevent changes; many new context menus, a new track menu button, and (finally) playback now stops at the final clip on the timeline.
Smarter property editing sees animation values updated and displayed for the current playhead position, and you can simply drag sliders to make changes and automatically set a keyframe.
Usability improvements include configurable keyboard mappings. A new tutorial system helps beginners find their way around the system.
Under-the-hood enhancements include dramatic performance gains, in particular with the brightness and saturation filters, and of course there are the usual round of bug fixes and minor tweaks.
OpenShot Video Editor 2.1.0 is available now for Windows, Linux and Mac.