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OpenShot 2.5 Tutorial: How to Edit Videos Using OpenShot

Spot News: OpenShot just released the latest edition 2.5.1 with better optimized effects and performances. Yeah, it keeps frequent updates and never lets users down in easy and quick video edits.

In this article, you'll learn how to use OpenShot to crop, rotate, add text, add transition and speed up videos. This is very important if you are someone who is trying to understand the dynamics of this versatile world of video content, then you can try your hands at the free video editing software available in the market.

Video content is gaining rapid popularity in the modern era of aggressive marketing where content marketers can be seen coming up with innovative new ideas to retain their existing client base and lure in the new ones. The built-in Windows 10 video editor - Photos is a good free option for PC users, while OpenShot Video Editor is an open-source freeware which is compatible with all major operating systems like MacOS, Windows and Linux. In spite of being completely free of cost, it packs in a sonic punch in terms of latest feature which can hone your video editing skills over time.
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How to Use OpenShot to Crop Videos

Suppose you have captured a certain frame but wish to present only cropped out portions in your final file. In such cases, you can avail the video cropping option of OenShot by just following the steps mentioned below:

Step 1. Import the video file to OpenShot.

After opening this program, you will have to navigate to the "Project Files" tab and right click on a blank space before selecting "Import Files."

Step 2. Add the video to timeline.

Once the import process is completed, you will simply have to drag and drop the same on the timeline appearing at the bottom of the screen.

OpenShot Tutorial - Add Video to Timeline
OpenShot Tutorial - Add Video to the Timeline

Step 3. Select Properties.

Right click on the video and choose the "Properties" option. This also causes a new toolbar to appear at the left side of the editor named as Properties.

OpenShot Tutorial - Select Properties
OpenShot Tutorial - Select Properties

Step 4. Change scales.

You will now have to scroll down through the Properties toolbar until you reach the "Scale X" and "Scale Y" options. Here you need to type in the specific values depending upon the degree of zoom you want. This will cause the video’s aspect ratio to zoom and can also be previewed from the top portion of the editor.

OpenShot Tutorial - Crop Video
OpenShot Tutorial - Crop Video

- You will ultimately have to click on "Scale" followed by "Crop."

How to Use OpenShot to Rotate Videos

We often end up recording in the wrong orientation. This makes it imperative to rotate video frames for allowing a seamless audio visual experience to your clients. You can do that by simply following the steps lined out below.

Step 1. Select Rotate.

Right click on the clip and select "Rotate" from the drop-down list.

Step 2. Choose the rotation type.

You will now be provided with a sub-menu from where you can choose the type of rotation.

OpenShot Tutorial - Rotate Video
OpenShot Tutorial - Rotate Video

How to Use OpenShot to Add Text to Videos

It becomes possible to emphasize on certain discussions of the cast by adding text to the video clip. This can also prove to be extremely beneficial while creating tutorials. You can do the same by simply following the steps laid down below:

Step 1. Click on Title.

Click on "Title" from Menu bar. Doing this opens the Title Editor window.

OpenShot Tutorial - Click Title - OpenShot
Click Title - OpenShot

Step 2. Choose a template.

You will now have to take your pick amongst the various templates appearing under the template drop-down list. For example, if you wish for the caption to appear at the bottom region of the clip, then you will have to proceed with 'Bar 3' template.

Step 3. Type your text and edit.

Now you will have to type in your desired text in the "Line 1" box. You can also take your pick amongst the font color, type and a lot more before saving the file.

OpenShot Tutorial - Add Text
OpenShot Tutorial - Add Text

On being saved, the file gets added automatically to the Project Files panel.

Step 4. Drag the text.

Now you will have to simply drag the text file to the Timeline panel from the Project Files panel. The text needs to be placed above the timeline clip in such a manner that it appears at the top of the video clip.

How to Use OpenShot to Add Transition to Videos

A transition effect can render a natural feel to video clippings while moving forward from one scene to other. You can take the example of two scenes, one featuring portrait frames of a human object and another featuring lush green leaves. Here each scene gets shot separately before applying transition effects by simply following the steps mentioned below.

Step 1. Choose a clip.

Firstly, you need to choose the particular clip from the Timeline which you wish to fade-in at the start or fade-out at the end.

Step 2. Select Fade command.

Next you will have to right click on the clip for opening a drop-down menu containing different commands.

From the available options, you can select the "Fade" command for proceeding with the list of more subcommands.

OpenShot Tutorial - Add Transition
OpenShot Tutorial - Add Transition

If you wish for the clip to fade-out at the end, then you will have to select "Fade" followed by "End of Clip" and ultimately "Fade Out."

How to Use OpenShot to Speed up Videos

Hike up the engagement meter of your audience by speeding up the recorded frames. For this, you will have to simply follow the below mentioned steps in OenShot.

Step 1. Right Click the Video, and choose Time option.

OpenShot Tutorial - Speed Up Video
OpenShot Tutorial - Speed Up Video

Step 2. Click Fast > Forward, if you need to speed up the footage.

Totally 4 grades of speed are available to choose: 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x. Likewise, Click Slow > Forward, then choose ideal play speed if need to slow down the video.


Now that you have understood how to use OpenShot, you can easily take on all your video editing chores in a seamless manner. You can also try out other video editing tools for beginners such as VideoProc, Blender, DaVini Resolve, Shotcut, Lightworks, iMovie etc.

Disclaimer: This article is only providing tips on how to use OpenShot, and is not the official page of OpenShot. Digiarty Software Inc. is not owned by or affiliated with OpenShot.


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Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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