OpenShot 2.0 Remains To Be Seen
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 12 February 2015 at 01:23 PM EST. 14 Comments
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It's been almost two and a half years since the last official release to the open-source OpenShot video editing software. OpenShot 2.0 has been talked about for much of this time but this major update to the once very promising non-linear video editor has yet to materialize.

My last post about OpenShot 2.0 was one year ago when writing OpenShot 2.0 was still being worked on but they failed at their 2.0 beta goal from the previous Christmas, porting was still happening to Qt5, etc. While it looked like we'd see some OpenShot 2.0 progress in 2014, that's sadly not been the case.

A Phoronix reader wrote in this week to remind us of the situation:
What ever happened to OpenShot? We got an article last July, saying how they'd been quiet but progressing and new versions would be released soon.

That was 7 months ago.

Not a single blog post, tweet, commit, release has been seen since. Is there any evidence the lead dev is still alive?


Mr Alien Overlord
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Indeed, the project has been very quiet. The most recent update to the OpenShot web-site was in July of last year when progress was still being made.

OpenShot on Facebook meanwhile posted in October, "I am working on a big update for everyone! Sorry for the delay on news, it's been an action packed couple of months for OpenShot! Lots of updates coming soon! Thanks!"

Sadly, there's not been any more recent update since that point. Video editors remain one of the areas where the open-source solutions -- sans potentially Lightworks -- is greatly lacking and has seen so many projects fade away over the years. Could 2015 be the year of the Linux video editor?
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