OpenShot 2.2 Released with Feature and Performance Improvements

The latest OpenShot is here 3 months after the previous OpenShot 2.1 release with major feature additions including playback, selection handles, improved frame detection, disabled SSL validation, and 4K video editing. Evidently a long way since its first major release, OpenShot 2.0, in 2013.

In its release note, the creator of OpenShot, Jonathan Thomas, said:

Happy Holidays to all the OpenShot supporters around the world! I am very proud to announce the latest and greatest release of OpenShot (version 2.2) has just arrived, and is ready to edit all your holiday videos! It’s faster, more stable, and better than ever.

OpenShot 2.1 was released with awesome new features like video trimming, audio level adjustment, video transitions, and chroma-key (green screen) effect. The next question is, what’s new in this latest release?

Keyframe Presets in OpenShot 2.2

What’s New in OpenShot 2.2?

  • A new caching engine with support for both memory and disk back-ends. Users can configure their settings in the Preferences using the Cache option. This has in turn improved the overall performance of video editing by a factor of 10.
  • An improvement in stability, especially compared to the OpenShot 2.0 which didn’t receive that many praises due to its buggy nature.
    All the squashed bugs have given way for better stability and user experience especially on older (slower) PCs.
  • The OpenShot team has moved its installers to GitHub, and so they no longer have to pay the monthly fee of about $1,000 for Amazon S3 data transfer services as they had to do with the previous releases.
  • 2.5k and 4k profiles have been added along with new title templates, TV and Film Ratings.
  • You can now drag and drop a file directly onto the timeline and also disable unit tests.
  • Some Critical Bug Fixes
    • Support for CSS syntax has gotten better with 28 curve presets
    • Fixed Ubuntu 16.10 PPA
    • Fixed bug when opening .OSP projects via command line.
    • Fixed bug when opening legacy 1.4.x project files that contain UTF-8 encoded characters.
    • Preferences now save settings on close of dialog (and persist even if a crash follows).
    • Fixed bug where the tutorial does not find the correct widget.

Installing OpenShot 2.2 on Ubuntu

Download OpenShot 2.2 via your terminal using adding its stable PPA and installing the latest release. To do so type into your terminal the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openshot-qt

Once complete, launch the app from your Apps menu or via the terminal using:
openshot-qt

Are you an avid user of OpenShot? Are you excited about the feature adds and bug fixes? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Lamin loves smartphones and was introduced to the world of mobile devices with Android. Ubuntu is new to him, but he is enjoying writing about it so far.

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