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OpenShot and Kdenlive video editors are leading open-source video editing programs that have been updated this week. 

OpenShot Video Editor Update

OpenShot 2.0 was released in 2016 and later OpenShot 3.0 was released this week after six and half years. Though there has been an entire series of interim 2.x releases, the latest of which was version 2.6.1 in September 2021.

The latest version offers over 1,000 improvements, and better performance and stability. You can now export multiple videos at the same time, and users of HiDPI monitors should benefit from improved 4K display support. The latest version of OpenShot is compatible with Blender 3.3 and a lot of work has been done on the program’s user guide.

OpenShot is available across a wide range of platforms. It’s available in both native.DEB format on an Ubuntu PPA and AppImage (an x86-based version that’s available on ChromeOS, too). You can also find the macOS and Windows versions online. The Windows version can run as a portable app, which means you’ll be able to use it without admin privileges. It does require a 64-bit CPU, however.

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Kdenlive 22.12 is also updated, the makers release a new version several times a year with the other KDE apps suite, called KDE Gear

Kdenlive’s name comes from “KDE NLV Editor”, which stands for Non-Linear Video. Kdenlive is pronounced, “kay-den-live.” This software shares the MLT toolkit, which was also the basis of OpenShot before it moved to its own framework. Plus, JUCE, a C++ audio library, has been a part of the project since 2015.

Even if the latest version of Kdenlive in 2022 comes with some new features, such as a context-sensitive “Guides” dock on top of the timeline. This dock contains various timeline guidelines and clip markers. When you select a specific clip, its markers will be shown on the horizontal and vertical axis, meanwhile, they are displayed when you click on a particular timeline. This should make navigation much easier, regardless of whether or not you use a mouse to interact with tools in the program.

The latest version does not have the nine fixed categories and they can now be named and assigned colors. You can now handle and import or export markers. With the introduction of the Glaxnimate 2D animation tool, you get an improved integration. With the UI overhauled many of the options are rearranged and simplified. Additionally, you can also hide the menu bar, which means all the options move to a hamburger menu.

We may get to see a global in KDE vt the Reg FOSS deck is either traditional menu bars everywhere or hamburger menus everywhere. Presently some portion of the KDE use menu bars, and others use hamburger menus: generally, apps with a version number (such as 5.x) use a bar, and ones with a date (such as 22.12) tend to use a button, and we find the inconsistency very irritating.

According to the Kdenlive announcement they’ve taken the first steps towards supporting the future KDE 6: “Kdenlive can now be built against Qt6 […] This is the first step to ensure the transition from version 5 to version 6 of Qt and KDE Frameworks will be smooth.”

The Reg will look forward to sorting out the inconsistent use of menu bars versus buttons and making sure that window-management keystrokes are consistent with other desktops and OSes in KDE 6.

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