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OpenShot video editor to become multi-platform

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Three years ago I posted a short blog entry about a new video editing application for Linux called OpenShot. I asked if anyone thought that it would be a viable free editing option for the masses.



The post got exactly one response and that took two years. This highlights a real problem with Linux-only editing solutions: Very few people actually edit video on Linux (ignoring specialist high-end applications for film studios because we're not talking about that market). I'm a Linux user myself but only for server applications - I gave up on using a Linux desktop years ago because there simply aren't enough serious applications available.

Linux editing applications face a catch-22. They can't get much mainstream attention because most editors use MacOS or Windows, while most editors aren't interested in Linux because it has no proven, mature, easy-to-use editing apps (IMO products like Cinelerra and Kdenlive do not qualify).

What's the solution? Go multi-platform. That's why I was so happy to see that Jonathan Thomas, the developer of OpenShot, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to expand the application to Windows and MacOS. I think this could get OpenShot the attention it needs to expand, while also solving another problem over in the MacOS/Windows worlds...

There are very few decent free video editors. Microsoft comes and goes with Windows Movie Maker and it's helped a lot of people get started, but it's always been a bit too limited.

Over on the Mac there's obviously iMovie which is fine for getting your feet wet, but apart from a sexy interface it doesn't offer much. Unfortunately its confounding, proprietary way of dealing with file management makes it a non-starter for anyone wanting interoperability.

There are other options but not a lot that are cross-platform, simple to learn and still useful for more advanced applications.

Every week someone asks me to recommend a free video editing application and I struggle to answer confidently. It's my hope that by the end of the year I'll fijust be able to say "OpenShot".

To help this all along, I'm very happy to announce that MediaCollege.com has committed to being a corporate sponsor of the OpenShot project. We made this decision because we believe there's a real need for a free video editing solution that can fill the gap left by Windows Movie Maker, especially for schools, non-profits and people who can't get access to paid software.

We'll keep you up to date with progress, but in the meantime we encourage you all to consider donating a few dollars to the campaign. There are some great rewards on offer, but the real reward is helping to bring video editing to people who otherwise wouldn't be able to do it. That's got to be a good thing.

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