A profile is a collection of common video settings (size, frame rate, aspect ratio, etc...). Profiles are used during editing, previewing, and exporting to provide a quick way to switch between common combinations of these settings.

Project Profile

The project profile is used when previewing your project and editing. The default project profile is “HD 720p 24fps”. It is best practice to always switch to your target profile before you begin editing. For example, if you are targeting 1080p 30fps, switch to that profile before you begin editing your project.

# Name Description
1 Title Bar The title bar of OpenShot displays the current profile
2 Profile Button Launch the profiles dialog
3 Choose Profile Select a profile for editing and preview

Export Profile

The export profile always defaults to your current project profile, but can be changed to target different profiles.

# Name Description
1 Choose Profile Select a profile for export

Custom Profile

Although OpenShot has more than 70 profiles included by default, you can also create your own custom profiles. Create a new file in the /.openshot_qt/profiles/ folder. Use the following text as your template (i.e. copy and paste this into the file):

description=Custom Profile Name

Once you restart OpenShot, you will see your custom profile appear in the list of Profiles.