Exporting converts your OpenShot project (clips, effects, animations, titles) into a single video output file (using a process called video encoding). By using the default settings, the exported video will be compatible with most media players (such as VLC) and websites (such as YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook) and creates a MP4 (h.264 + AAC) formatted video file. See MP4 (h.264).

Click on the Export Video icon at the top of the screen (or use the File→Export Video menu). The default values will work fine, so just click the Export Video button to render your new video. You can also create your own custom export profiles, see Profiles.

Simple Mode

While video encoding is very complicated, with dozens of interrelated settings and options, OpenShot makes it easy, with sensible defaults, and most of this complexity hidden away behind our Simple tab, which is the default export view.


Simple Setting



Common presets (combinations of presets and video profiles grouped by category, for example: Web)


Target presets related to the current profile (collections of common formats, codecs, and quality settings, see Preset List)

Video Profile

Video profiles related to the current target (collections of common size, frame rate, and aspect ratios, see Profile List or create your own Profiles)


Quality settings (low, med, high), which relate to various video and audio bitrates.

Advanced Mode

Most users will never need to switch to the Advanced tab, but if you need to customize any of the video encoding settings, for example, custom bitrates, different codecs, or limiting the range of frames exported, this is the tab for you.

Advanced Options


Advanced Setting


Export To

Export both video & audio, only audio, only video, or an image sequence

Start Frame

The first frame to export (default is 1)

End Frame

The final frame to export (default is the last frame in your project to contain a clip)


A video profile is a collection of common video settings (size, frame rate, aspect ratio). Profiles are used during editing, previewing, and exporting to provide a quick way to switch between common combinations of these settings. The Export Dialog will default to the same profile used by the project.

NOTE: It is important to choose a **Profile* with the same aspect ratio used when editing your project. If you are exporting at a different aspect ratio, it might stretch the image, crop the image, add black bars, or otherwise introduce an issue which changes the exported video, making it appear differently than the Preview inside OpenShot.*


Profile Setting



The video profile to use during export (collection of size, frame rate, and aspect ratios, see Profile List)


The width of the video export (in pixels)


The height of the video export (in pixels)

Aspect Ratio

The aspect ratio of the final exported video. 1920x1080 reduces to 16:9. This also takes into account the pixel ratio, for example 2:1 rectangular pixels will affect the aspect ratio.

Pixel Ratio

The ratio representing pixel shape. Most video profiles use a 1:1 square pixel shape, but others will use rectangular pixels.

Frame Rate

The frequency that the frames will be displayed at.


Is this format used on alternating scan lines (i.e. broadcast and analog formats)

Image Sequence Settings


Image Setting Name


Image Format

The string format that represents the output file name in a sequence of images. For example, %05d.png would pad a number with 5 digits: 00001.png, 00002.png.

Video Settings


Video Setting Name


Video Format

The name of the container format (mp4, mov, avi, webm, etc…)

Video Codec

The name of the video codec used during video encoding (libx264, mpeg4, libaom-av1, etc…)

Bit Rate / Quality

The bitrate to use for video encoding. Accepts the following formats: 5 Mb/s, 96 kb/s, 23 crf, etc…

Audio Settings


Audio Setting Name


Audio Codec

The name of the audio codec used during audio encoding (aac, mp2, libmp3lame, etc…)

Sample Rate

The number of audio samples per second. Common values are 44100 and 48000.

Channel Layout

The number and layout of audio channels (Stereo, Mono, Surround, etc…)

Bit Rate / Quality

The bitrate to use for audio encoding. Accepts the following formats: 96 kb/s, 128 kb/s, 192 kb/s, etc…