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The time has come for a cross-platform version of OpenShot Video Editor, including its powerful new video editing & animation engine!
The time has come for a cross-platform version of OpenShot Video Editor, including its powerful new video editing & animation engine!
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Birthday Update for OpenShot!!!


Since Feb 13th is my birthday, I figured I would give a quick shout out to everyone and let you know how things are progressing on OpenShot 2.x. 

The Interface

Things are still moving slower than I would like, but tons of progress has been made on the Qt5 interface, which is really coming along nicely. It looks strikingly similar to OpenShot 2.x at this point, but works solid on Linux, Mac, and Windows!

Cross-Platform Video Playback

Progress is continuing on cross-platform video playback. We now have full 1080p playback running around 8% to 15% CPU (depending on the format / codec)... just keep in mind that is running through the entire libopenshot workflow, and is doing considerably more than a standard video player app. =)

HTML5 Timeline

Progress is continuing on the HTML5 timeline, and its interaction with Qt5. The cross communication is working great, and the Angular.js framework continues to be working nicely as a binding language between our JSON and interface.

Windows and I are Friends Again!

My issues with Windows 7 and 8 and heap corruption are now behind me (i.e. after blowing a huge amount of my time). I now have a working ImageMagick and Qt 5 MinGW build environment on Windows, and the entire Windows stack is working stable. A big shout out to rmrf, David Daeschler, and everyone else who offered me advice and helped guide me in the correct direction!


I am also preparing for SCALE 12x (Southern California Linux Expo), coming up very soon. I will be demoing OpenShot 2.X at the booth, and hopefully enjoying some fun conversations about how to improve OpenShot with anyone who wants to stop by. =)

Preview Release

My hope of having a preview release around the time SCALE 12x is looking more and more unlikely, but I'm still gunning for it. There are only so many hours in a day and simultaneously working on 3 versions of OpenShot (Windows, Mac, and Linux) and trying to pull all the various components together is burning a lot of time. 

Well, that is about it for my birthday update. Thanks again for all the support, and I'll post another update as soon as I have something worth sharing. Thanks again!


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    1. Roger Deloy Pack on

      What tool helped you find your heap corruption? or how did you find it?

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      Aaron Newsome on

      Sorry I missed the SCALE event, it's in my area but I couldn't make it. Are you planning on posting an update with screenshots and progress since many of the backers didn't make it to SCALE?

    3. speedster -Armikrog Army Annelid- $4.96 on

      See you at SCALE, preview release or not!

    4. Juan Rodriguez on

      Happy Birthday! Thanks for all the work being put into OpenShot :-)

    5. Balder Lingegård

      Happy birthday! Having your birthday on this day must make you a lot less inclinated to care about valentines... ;)

    6. Algot Runeman on

      It's your birthday, and here you are giving US presents! Thank you.

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      Beat on

      Thanks for the great news in this update!

      Never rush with software development, better great and stable and a bit late than on time and buggy-unusable: First impressions tend to stick ;-)

      And, btw, Happy Birthday Jonathan!

    8. amigacooke on

      What a shameless attempt to elicite natal day greetings ;-)

      So, Happy Birthday and thanks for the update.

    9. Dzianis Sheka on

      Looking forward to see integration js, angular and qt5! And Happy Birthday!

    10. Michelle Klein-Hass on

      Happy birthday...we'll celebrate at SCALE!

    11. Debcool on

      Hi Jonathan,
      Thanks for all of this and Happy Birthday!

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      Cyprien Devillez on

      Happy Birthday Jonathan!

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      Darius Ra on

      Bravo!! And Happy Birthday!!
      Great update, great progress. Cant wait to get my hands on it!