4K ultra HD resolution is without a doubt now at least the mainstream near future standard for digital recording, content and display resolution and we don’t expect this to change for at least a few years. The majority of new larger 50 inch+ TVs going on sale today are 4K models, 4K monitors are becoming much more common and now virtually all mid-range to premium digital recording cameras offer ultra HD resolution of at least 4K@3840 x 2160 pixels and in many cases even higher.
With these trends in mind, videographers who want to keep their editing capabilities relevant will obviously need the right sorts of video editing software tools for this much larger resolution. Fortunately, there are ways of doing this without spending a lot of money on expensive proprietary software.
Thus we get down to OpenShot 2.2. This is a completely free, open source video editing software for Windows, Mac and even Linux machines and now with its latest version, it’s also capable of handling both 4K video editing in all its forms and 5K video editing too. OpenShot also happens to come quite nicely loaded with the sorts of major tools necessary for some very professional looking, smooth video production that will translate just as nicely to your new 4K TV or 4K projector display.
The software comes loaded with some crucial improvements in overall performance and caching. These include a 10-fold performance increase from version 2.1 of the software and a much smoother overall handling of the large sizes that are often problematic with 4K and other UHD video formats.
OpenShot 2.2 can also handle HD video editing just fine and as we’d mentioned above, it’s now fully capable of managing resolutions up to 5K thanks to a newly designed caching engine. The software supports both memory and disk back-ends and can be configured in different ways depending on your needs under its preferences tab.
Other major improvements include keyframe enhancement, with support for CSS syntax also improved for percentage-based handling of curve handles. 2.2 also has 28 new curve presets for things such as bouncing, easing in and out and other scenarios. Then there are also new capabilities for frame detection and color rendering now available in the latest OpenShot. Other augmentations found in version 2.2 include real-time error reporting, missing frame detection and AVPacket scope. The creators of OpenShot 2.2 have also added in new templates for titles, which include movie and TV ratings among others.
One final noteworthy change to OpenShot 2.2, for those who are familiar with the software is that its distribution center has now been shifted to GitHub.
OpenShot has been funded mainly through KickStarter financing and this funding is what has done the most to make it move from just being available for Linux users to also being a Windows and Mac-supported package. This newest 2.2 version has generally been debugged and tweaked in many minor ways and in addition to support for HD, 2.5K, 4K and 5K, it also now features preference autosave feature for sudden closures of the software, even during crashes.
Here is the download link to the software service and users of the software who like it and want to donate a bit to the project, can do so here.
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