Files

Before we can begin making a video, we need to import files into OpenShot. Most media file types are recognized, such as videos, images, and audio files. Files can be viewed and managed in the Project Files panel.

Import Files

There are many ways to import media files into OpenShot.

Name

Description

Drag and Drop

Drag and drop the files from your file manager (file explorer, finder, etc…)

Right Click→Import

Right click in the Project Files panel, choose Import Files…

File Menu→Import

File menu→Import Files…

Import Files Toolbar

Click the Import Files… toolbar button (on the top menu)

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File Menu

To view the file menu, right click on a file (in the Project Files panel). Here are the actions you can use from the file menu.

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Name

Description

Import Files…

Import files into your project

Thumbnail/Detail

Toggle the view between details and thumbnails

Preview File

Preview a media file

Split Clip…

Split a file into many smaller clips

Edit Title

Edit an existing title SVG file

Duplicate Title

Make a copy, and then edit the copied title SVG file

Add to Timeline

Add many files to the timeline in one step

File Properties

View the properties of a file, such as frame rate, size, etc…

Remove from Project

Remove a file from the project

Split Clip

If you need to cut a file into many smaller clips before editing, the Split Clip dialog is built exactly for this purpose. Right click on a file, and choose Split Clip… from the file menu. This opens the Split Clip dialog. Use this dialog to quickly cut out as many small clips as you need. The dialog stays open after you create a clip, to allow you to repeat the steps for your next clip. When you are finished, simply close the dialog.

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Description

1

Start of Clip

Choose the starting frame of your clip by clicking this button

2

End of Clip

Choose the ending frame of your clip by clicking this button

3

Name of Clip

Enter an optional name

4

Create Clip

Create the clip (which resets this dialog, so you can repeat these steps for each clip)

Add to Timeline

In certain cases, you might need to add many files to the timeline at the same time. For example, a photo slide show, or a large number of short video clips. The Add to Timeline dialog can automate this task for you. First, select all files you need to add, right click, and choose Add to Timeline.

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Name

Description

1

Selected Files

The list of selected files that need to be added to the timeline

2

Order of Files

Use these buttons to reorder the list of files (move up, move down, randomize, remove)

3

Timeline Position

Choose the starting position and track where these files need to be inserted on the timeline

4

Fade Options

Fade in, fade out, both, or none

5

Zoom Options

Zoom in, zoom out, or none

6

Transitions

Choose a specific transition to use between files, random, or none

Properties

To view the properties of any imported file in your video project, right click on the file, and choose File Properties. This will launch the file properties dialog, which displays information about your media file. For certain types of images (i.e. image sequences), you can adjust the frame rate on this dialog also.

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Name

Description

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File Properties

Select an image sequence in the Project Files panel, right click and choose File Properties

2

Frame Rate

For image sequences, you can also adjust the frame rate of the animation