Putting videos into OpenShot

As I said above, you can put videos into OpenShot by dragging and dropping the file onto a track. Same with your MP3 files. Once your files have been dropped into OpenShot you can slide and drag them around – backwards and forward, and drag them to different tracks if you want.

If you accidentally make one video go over another one, OpenShot will think you want to fade between them and will add the fade like this:

The fade between videos in OpenShot

That’s normally not what you want (we have a different way to transition between videos) – just drag the videos apart and click on the blue fade thingy then press ‘delete’.

If you delete a video or other think in OpenShot by accident, don’t worry! It’s still on your computer. Just choose “Edit” > “Undo”, or drag the file back into OpenShot.

Putting the videos into OpenShot

Hopefully you’ve been sent all the videos you need to edit together! Normally people do this by Wednesday or Thursday night ready for the Sunday service, but even if they are late you can still put the rest of the videos (readings, songs, sermon etc) – just leave some space for the video you’re missing. You can pop it in when it’s sent to you.

Get them in the order they need to go. Having a copy of the service outline is VERY useful. Add in any edited files and line them up with the videos.

Making audio and video work

Drag the video and audio files onto the “video” and “audio” tracks respectively. Then click on the video to select it; it will get a red border. In the left-hand pane of OpenShot you’ll see a big list of numbers:

The OpenShot properties window

These number represent properties of the items you’ve selected – it’s positioning in the frame, it’s size, volume, cropping etc.

You need to set the volume of the video track to “0”, so what what we hear is your edited audio:

The volume property

Applying changes to a whole item

However: make sure that the vertical red line is before (or at the very beginning of) the video you’ve selected:

The red line must be BEFORE the item you want to change

You can do this by dragging the blue button at the top of the red line. You can also press the left and right arrow keys to move back/forward 1/10 of a second.

I find it’s useful to go to near the beginning of the item, click back a few times until the item disappears out pf the preview window, then click forward once so it reappears. Now I know the red line is at the very start of that item. Try practicing that.

If you don’t do this, for example if the red line is on or after the item you’re changing the properties of:

If the red line is on the item you want to edit, your changes will only apply from that point on

Then the change will apply only from that point on. That’s usually a bad thing. We want to properties we set – volume, scaling etc – to apply to the whole of the item.


Now we can line the audio and video up. You want to get it so when you play the video the sound and movement of the speakers mouth are in sync. This can be trickier than you think, so take your time.

I find it easiest to put the red line where I want the audio and video to start, then drag them so they ‘snap’ to the red line.

Pro tip: if you select an item, and hold down “shift”, you can use the left and right arrow keys to nudge the item left or right on the timeline by a small amount.

Once you’ve got your video and audio lined up, remember that if you want to move them you’ll need to move them together or they won’t be in sync any more!

You can hold down “Ctrl” and click multiple items to select them, or click on empty track and drag across the items you want to select. Give it a practice, you’ll soon get the hang of it.

Drag across multiple items in OpenShot to select them all

You need to repeat the process of adding the video and audio, lining up, setting volume etc for all the videos you’re putting into OpenShot.

Now we’re ready to smoothly move between one video and the next using the Swipe.

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