OpenShot Video Editor for Windows, Mac, and Linux

A project in Arlington, TX by Jonathan Thomas

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The time has come for a cross-platform version of OpenShot Video Editor, including it's powerful new video editing & animation engine!
Backers: 1463
Average Pledge Per Backer: $31

Funded: $45,028 of $20,000
Dates: Mar 18th -> Apr 17th (30 days)
Project By: Jonathan Thomas
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5 Linux Projects to Watch on Kickstarter

May 10th - via:
Spend five minutes browsing the tech press and there's a very good chance you'll come upon Kickstarter. Gone are the days when products had to be at least on the verge of release for them to get publicity; today, anyone with a cool idea can post it on Kickstarter—or one of its many clones--spread the word, and start raking in the cash they need to make it happen. (Read More)

Only 15 Hours Left to Reach Our Goal!

April 16th - via:
We have made a tremendous jump over the past 36 hours, with more than $4,000 in new pledges! Amazing! That means, our FINAL GOAL is only $1,252 away and we have 15 hours to get there. That is only $83 per hour, which seems very reachable to me. And... (Read More)

Big Announcement: Stretch Goals Updated! Only 39 hours remaining!

April 15th - via:
We have reached another amazing milestone, Stretch Goal #3: Animation Presets, greatly improving the work-flow for animating video clips and titles. The past 48 hours have been great, with over $2,800 pledged, pushing us past $35,000. THANK YOU SO... (Read More)

Award Winning Webseries, Stats, and Stretch Goals!

April 13th - via:
Hi everyone! Our Kickstarter is quickly coming to an end, with only 3 days and 11 hours remaining. Somehow we need to make a big push these last few days, and see if we can reach the mythical Stretch Goal #5, a distributed video editing server, which... (Read More)

OpenShot Backs New Film, Bill the Galactic Hero!

April 12th - via:
I have some exciting news to announce today! The creator of Repo Man and Sid and Nancy, director Alex Cox, has backed OpenShot and also gave us a shout out on his Kickstarter page for his new film, Bill, the Galactic Hero! It will be shot... (Read More)

Over $30,000 Pledged! Stretch Goal #2 Achieved!

April 11th - via:
Wow! In only 24 hours we have reached our goal of $30,000 and everyone is getting a new cropping interface for OpenShot! This is a tremendous accomplishment, and I could not of done it without all the generous backers who increased their pledge... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #2 Almost Here!

April 10th - via:
Over the past 5 days we have added 125 new backers and pledged an additional $3,223! This is fantastic news, and we are now approaching Stretch Goal #2, a vastly improved cropping interface. Improved Cropping Tool (Stretch Goal #2) Most users are... (Read More)

OpenShot Video Editor Achieves Crowdfunding Goal, Coming to Windows and Mac

April 8th - via:
The leading open source video editing application, OpenShot Video Editor, comes to Windows and Mac after successfully reaching its crowdfunding goal of $20,000. The goal was reached in only 13 days, due to overwhelming support from users and fans. (Read More)

Video Preview of New Timeline, Stretch Goal #1 Reached!!!

April 4th - via:
Big News Today! Check out the following video, which takes an early look at the new OpenShot timeline. Of course, keep in mind that it's still missing lots of functionality... and it's just the beginning of a great new interface and work-flow for... (Read More)

Quick Update, Stats, and Open Source LED Lighting

April 3rd - via:
We had another great day, with 48 new backers joining in the fun! Our pledges just passed $24,400 (122%), which is only $600 away from our first stretch goal! Just when it looked like things were about to slow down, we bounced back again. Maybe it's... (Read More)

Approaching Stretch Goal #1

April 2nd - via:
Great news everyone!  We are quickly approaching our first stretch goal! We are now 117% funded, with over $23,000+ pledged!  As you might have guessed, Engadget takes the number one spot on the list of websites that are referring backers to our... (Read More)

OpenShot Video Editor KickStarter Campaign

April 2nd - via:
OpenShot is a free, open-source, non-linear video editor currently available for Linux. OpenShot has an impressive feature list. The creators of OpenShot want to bring their product to other operating systems, including Mac OS X and Windows, and they’re trying to fund this effort through a KickStarter campaign. As we’ve discussed here and here, KickStarter is a neat concept where people with great ideas can get funding for art, music, technology, games, films, and more by asking for donations (as little as $1) from millions of contributors. Project leaders can also offer “awards” to backers at various levels, like a signed copy of a funded book or a CD containing the music that was funded by the campaign. Of course, the real goal is to help get a worthy project off the ground. (Read More)


April 2nd - via:
Das Open-Source-Videoschnittprogramm OpenShot sucht über die Finanzierungsplattform Kickstarter Unterstützer für eine Portierung auf Mac und Windows. Wer das Projekt mit 25 oder mehr Dollar unterstützt, erhält unter anderem frühen Zugriff auf Vorabversionen des Programms. Eine finale Veröffentlichung der Versionen für Mac und Windows ist zum Jahresende geplant. (Read More)

OpenShot crowd funds Windows and Mac versions

April 2nd - via:
After successfully reaching its Kickstarter campaign target before the end of March, the developers of the open source video editor OpenShot have now financed Windows and Mac OS X versions of their software in addition to the already available Linux version. The campaign will continue to run until 17 April. Over 800 supporters have already funded the project, contributing over $23,000. Any additional funds received will be used to implement additional features and make improvements to performance and memory usage. (Read More)

Open Source Video Editor OpenShot Meets Its Kickstarter Funding Goal

April 1st - via:
Here’s an interesting one: A Kickstarter for an open source (free) video editing software suite which already exists. OpenShot has been a Linux favorite for a while now, and the developer is looking to move the program to a new engine which will allow OpenShot to run on Macs and PCs as well. To do that, he needs development funds–and he turned to Kickstarter to raise the capital. (Read More)

We Did It! 100% Funded in Only 13 Days!

March 31st - via:
Today we reached 100% of our goal! THANK YOU SO MUCH for backing and supporting OpenShot! It looks like this project is officially going to happen now! I am so excited to get started, but before I do, we can still make OpenShot even better (i.e.... (Read More)

100% Funded on Kickstarter!

March 31st - via:
Today we reached 100% of our goal! THANK YOU SO MUCH for backing and supporting OpenShot on Kickstarter! It looks like this project is officially going to happen now! I am so excited to get started, but before I do, we can still make OpenShot even better (i.e. stretch goals). So, I will continue to work hard promoting this campaign, spreading the word, and if I'm lucky, land a few more articles on popular websites. (Read More)

Stretch Goals Announcement!

March 30th - via:
Wow! The past 24 hours have been crazy, with around $3,000 of new pledges and reaching 95% of our goal! This Kickstarter has been quite unpredictable so far. Many successful campaigns start strong, have a slow middle, and then a strong finish.... (Read More)

Engadget, Stats, and Planning for Stretch Goals

March 29th - via:
Just as progress was starting to slow on our Kickstarter, we hit the front page of Engadget this evening, with an awesome article! Wow, I can not thank the Engadget team enough for supporting OpenShot and sharing this news with their readers. Stats... (Read More)

Open source video editing program needs help on Kickstarter, offers immortality in return

March 28th - via:
Forget having kids. Forget mind-transfers. Real immortality lies in naming a video transition after yourself. No, seriously. To make eternity happen, you simply need to donate $500 to Jonathan Thomas's Kickstarter project and in return he'll let you create and name a transition effect in a new cross-platform version of his free, open source video editing program, called OpenShot. (Read More)

65% of Goal!

March 26th - via:
There are still 21 days left in the OpenShot Kickstarter campaign, and we have already climbed to 448 backers, with pledges reaching 65% of our $20,000 goal. While we have had an amazing start to our campaign, there are still challenges ahead. We... (Read More)

Monday Update, Feature Spotlight: Frame Accuracy

March 26th - via:
We had another great day, with 64 new backers and $1,500+ in additional pledges!  We are now 61% funded after our first 8 days! Of course, there is no guarantee we will fund, and I suppose our Kickstarter could just flat-line unless we keep... (Read More)

Interview with Jonathan Thomas ~ OpenShot creator

March 26th - via:
Recently Jonathan Thomas, the creator of OpenShot, started a fund raising campaign on Kickstarter. The funds will be used to create a cross-platform version of the video editor. In order to find out more informations about this campaign and OpenShot in general I’ve contacted Jonathan to make a short interview. He accepted and below you can read what we’ve talked about. (Read More)

OpenShot, Linux video editor, aims for next dev phase

March 25th - via:
OpenShot, a very popular video editor for Linux, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to hasten its next phase of development, which will include a Macintosh and Windows port of the program. (Read More)

Blog: OpenShot Kickstarter Update (Day 7)

March 25th - via:
What a great weekend we had on the OpenShot Kickstarter campaign! We added 130+ new backers and are now 53% funded! Want to know more? Check out the full update posted on Kickstarter! Now, if only we can get featured on Boing Boing! (Read More)

OpenShot Reaches Halfway In Kickstarter Campaign

March 25th - via:
OpenShot, the leading (currently) open source video editing package for Linux has reached the halfway point in its Kickstarter campaign today. OpenShot, which seeks 20k in funding to release upcoming versions of its software for Windows and Mac, has crossed the 10k threshold and is inching towards 11k. And with 22 days left to go in their campaign, it seems like they might cross the finish line early. (Read More)

Weekend Update, Stats, Python API

March 24th - via:
We had an amazing weekend of activity on the OpenShot Kickstarter campaign! Welcome to all the new backers who joined us... you are amazing for supporting our project!  As you can tell, I'm very excited that we added over 130 new backers this... (Read More)

Slashdot, Stats, and New Feature Reveal!

March 23rd - via:
A big thanks to all the new backers from the popular site The OpenShot Kickstarter campaign was mentioned on the front page of Slashdot, and also on the front page of the!  This no doubt contributed to our best... (Read More)

Award-Winning Video Editor Hits Kickstarter, Supports Windows, Mac, and Linux

March 22nd - via:
OpenShot, a leading open-source video editor for Linux, has turned to crowd-funding site Kickstarter to bring its popular application to Windows and Mac, along with many new professional-level features. (Read More)

Video Editor OpenShot Wants To Kickstart Windows, OS X Versions

March 22nd - via:
There have been video editing apps available for Linux for years, from ones meant to be friendly enough to compete on the UI front with iMovie (like the moribund Kino, last released in 2009, and the actively developed PiTiVi and Kdenlive) to editors that can apparently do nearly anything, provided t... (Read More)

Steady Progress, New Stats, Press Release

March 21st - via:
The fourth day of our Kickstarter campaign has come to a close, and it was a great day with almost $1,000 increase in pledges and 29 new backers.  I've shared 2 charts, with all sorts of cool statistics to measure how we are doing so far.  As you... (Read More)

OpenShot Kickstarter Update (Day 3)

March 21st - via:
The OpenShot Kickstarter campaign is going strong, and we have now completed 3 full days of fundraising! We have already raised over $3,500, which is over 17% of the goal. The average pledge is around $26, and 71% of our pledges are coming in from external websites (29% are coming from the Kickstarter website). (Read More)

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