How to install Open Shot video editor with Blender


Open Shot does not work with blender  when creating animated titles. You get the following error:
No frame was found in the output from blender

Why would anybody care?

“OpenShot” is a marvelous FREE video Editor for Linux which is similar in function to “Windows Movie Maker”. It allows you to create 3-dimensional animated titles when used in conjunction with blender.

What is “blender”?

Blender is a marvelous FREE 3-dimensional modelling an animation program.  There is a steep learning curve, but it’s FREE.

Well, to cut a long story short, you want to get OpenShot and Blender working to make all those fancy 3D animated titles on your YouTube submissions. Right? Here’s how:


Got to the terminal and copy and paste the following from here:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonoomph/openshot-edge
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openshot openshot-doc
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cheleb/blender-svn
sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install blender

Installing by this method will put the latest version of blender on your pull down menu under graphics.

You now need to change instances of “CENTRAL” to “CENTER” in an XML set-up file.
for 32 bit Ubuntu type the following on the command line:
sudo gedit /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/openshot/blender/*.xml
For 64 bit Ubuntu:

sudo gedit /usr/lib64/pymodules/python2.6/openshot/blender/*.xml

Now in gedit hit “Control-H”, this will pop up a replace dialog.

Search for “CENTRAL”
Replace with “CENTER”

There are three instances to be replaced. Save the file and close.

Now, open up the Synaptic package manager and install:


If your current version of blender still does not work with your current version of OpenShot, install version 2.59, which is here.

Install the version for your operating system. For 32-bit Ubuntu, this is:

When you download this, choose “open with archive manager”, and extract the archive to your  Home folder (or any other folder you find convenient)

Fire up Open Shot:

In the OpenShot preferences, enter the path to the blender execuable:

e.g. /home/yourname/blender-2.59-linux-glibc27-i686/blender

If your name is “Fred” then it would be

You can have two versions of blender on the machine at the same time. If your latest version of  blender is in your “applications” folder, the path is “/usr/bin/blender “.  If version of blender you have got in your applications “usr/bin” folder is the version which works with blender, then you can use that.

Currently, Openshot  1.4.0 works with blender 2.59, and Ubuntu 10.10. I know, because I just got it to work!

These instructions will also work for Linux Mint 10. I am now using this Distro.