Video editing benefits from modern, multi-core CPUs with fast clock speeds (GHz), large amounts of memory, and fast hard internal storage devices.  You want the best computer you can afford when video editing.  Here are the minimum system requirements:

TL;DR

Most computers custom-built or manufactured after 2017 with an Intel® processor will run OpenShot.

Minimum Specifications

  • Operating System: 64-bit Operating System (Windows 8/8.1/10/11, macOS 10.15+, most Linux distributions, Chrome OS 83 and later)
  • Central Processor: 64-bit Intel® Multi-core processor
    • Minimum cores: 2 (recommended: 6+ cores)
    • Minimum threads: 4 (recommended: 6+ threads)
    • Minimum turbo clock speed: 2.7 GHz (recommended: 3.4+ GHz)
  • System Memory: 4GB of RAM (16+ GB recommended)
  • Internal Storage: 1GB of storage space for installation & usage (recommended: 50+ GB available storage space for media, videos, images, and storage)
  • Optional: Solid-state device (SSD).  If utilizing disk caching, add 10GB of storage space.
  • Note: OpenShot's downloadable binaries are only available for Intel® x86_64 processors.  AMD and ARM processors will run OpenShot if you download and compile the source code on your computer.
  • Note: Hardware Acceleration is currently experimental in OpenShot.  NVIDIA NVENC acceleration is only available in Linux operating systems.  OpenShot v2.6.0 and later includes Intel® Quick Sync Video encoding in Windows operating systems.  If you have a CPU that supports Intel® QSV encoding, you can use the encoder by choosing the appropriate Target on OpenShot's Export Video window.