Windows-Mac port of Linux-based OpenShot Video Editor confirmed

Earlier this year, developer OpenShot Studios launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund ports for its Linux-based OpenShot Video Editor software to Windows and Mac platforms. A few hours ago, the Kickstarter campaign successfully ended, which means that both ports will in fact be made.

The original goal of the Kickstarter campaign was to raise $20,000 but the final number was over double the goal, with $45,028 raised. At the moment, the plan is to launch a beta version of the Windows and Mac ports by November or December of 2013.

The current Linux version has a lot of power features, including putting in video and audio effects, transitions and more, but with a user interface that is simple to access.  Because the Kickstarter campaign was so successful, this will allow the team, lead by OpenShot Studios founder Jonathan Thomas, to put in some extra features into the software, including an improved cropping tool. more render formats and codecs and a video editing server.

In a chat with McAkins Online, Thomas said that he will be developing the Windows version of OpenShot to work on Windows 8 but porting the software to work on Windows RT is just a possibility at this point.

Source: Kickstarter | Image via OpenShot Studios

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This is good news. After Microsoft destroyed Movie Maker with its MM Live slideshow maker, Windows has really lacked a decent and free introductory video editor. I know a lot of PC-based teachers still using Movie Maker 2.6 or a Windows 7 port of Vista's Movie Maker 6.

That's great news. I don't want commercial software to do some video editing and effects because I do it too rarely. But when I do it, working with Movie Maker is painful... and there are no free alternatives. When I saw what OpenShot can do, I'm seriously considering installing Ubuntu, before the Windows version is released.

Linux has Lightworks coming out within the next few months, beta version is out this month. That is a professional video editor, it is coming out on mac a few months after that too.

They really should've focused on Linux version as Mac and Windows aren't really in any need for new videi editors.

Syanide said,
They really should've focused on Linux version as Mac and Windows aren't really in any need for new videi editors.

They got $40k so I guess at least some people wanted it on those platforms.

Movie Maker Live was one of the worst steps backward I think I've ever seen in software. Movie Maker 6 in Vista was rounding into shape as a great little horizontal, timeline based video editor. Then Microsoft decided to go for the Youtube crowd and created MML, an absolutely atrocious piece of junk that dropped the timeline in favour of a toyish storyboard. The need for an updated, free and simple timeline editor is indeed large. No wonder all that money came in.

"The current Linux version has a lot of power features, including putting in video and audio effects, transitions and more"

These are basic requirements, not power features. For $45 I can buy Sony's Movie Studio which is a very capable video editor.

I just moved to Sony Vegas when Microsoft destroyed movie maker. This looks like it has the same basic elements that made movie maker good but it's too late for most people.

Gaffney said,
I just moved to Sony Vegas when Microsoft destroyed movie maker. This looks like it has the same basic elements that made movie maker good but it's too late for most people.

Tools change and a professional with static skills is unemployment waiting to happen. "Too late" isn't really a thing.

Movie maker did so well at getting people into making/editing videos. Smartphones have exploded and so has photo/video creation. But only a fraction of people now edit their videos. You really either have to own an Apple or know how to use advanced programs like Sony Vegas. Movie maker was great because it was popular, it was free and you could get into video editing very easily. Now there is no easy way into video editing on windows.

ingramator said,
I am so excited!! /s

No matter if it is not more powerful than other tools. What is important is the price, since it is for free then, we could add in our pipeline without adding an extra cost.