Comment 1 for bug 519726

I have the same issue. Here's my terminal output:
user@user-desktop:~$ openshot
Added /usr/share/openshot to system path
   OpenShot (version 1.0.0)
/usr/share/openshot/windows/ GtkWarning: gtk_toolbar_set_icon_size: assertion `icon_size != GTK_ICON_SIZE_INVALID' failed
  return, root, domain)
A new frmMain has been created
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/openshot", line 50, in <module>
  File "/usr/share/openshot/", line 57, in main
    form1 = MainGTK.frmMain(project=current_project, version=info.SETUP['version'])
  File "/usr/share/openshot/windows/", line 161, in __init__
  File "/usr/share/openshot/windows/", line 208, in load_settings_from_xml
    xmldoc = xml.parse(settings_path)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/xml/dom/", line 1918, in parse
    return expatbuilder.parse(file)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/xml/dom/", line 924, in parse
    result = builder.parseFile(fp)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/xml/dom/", line 211, in parseFile
    parser.Parse("", True)
xml.parsers.expat.ExpatError: no element found: line 1, column 0

Let me add that I have a weird computer that was assembled privately in China. I have system clock issues when the power cuts out or after the computer is unplugged. After a power outage, I restarted the computer and could barely boot into Ubuntu. I had to reset a bios setting (boot order) and after finally getting into Karmic I had to reset my clock. It's possible that the above bug is related to some missing or corrupted configuration file. My other programs work and start just fine. I've already tried the fixes here (purging openshot and mlt, plus the files listed there, then reinstalling).

I'm running Ubuntu Karmic 9.10 and OpenShot was installed through the PPA.