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Getting Started with OpenShot

When you first launch OpenShot you'll see the default project window. There are three main panels:

  1. Project Files: This is where you import the various video clips and other files you wish to use in the video.
  2. Timeline: The area at the bottom of the screen, where you place and edit clips into the finished product.
  3. Video Preview: View individual clips or the output from the Timeline.
OpenShot default project screen

The rest of this tutorial will cover the three basic steps you need to work through to create a simple video:

  1. Importing video clips and other assets
  2. Arranging assets on the timeline
  3. Exporting the finished video

Note: We're in the process of creating more instructions for other tasks—please check back soon.

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