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Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor. Support for the latest audio and video formats thanks to FFMPEG, Video compositing across video tracks, Cross platform support: available on Windows, Linux and MacOS, Blackmagic Design SDI and HDMI for input and preview monitoring.

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OS:Windows MacOS Linux
File size:71.3MB
Old versions available
Version history available

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16.10 (October 01, 2016)

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Supported operating systems

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog

Release 16.10

Added 32-bit Windows build.
Changed Linux build to be more compatible.
Added LUT (3D) video filter.
Added Lens Correction video filter.
Added Merge with next clip to Timeline clip context menu.
Fixed Paste Filters for Timeline clips and tracks.
Removed File > Open Other > Screen.
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Wide Format Support
Support for the latest audio and video formats thanks to FFMPEG
Supports popular image formats such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, SVG, TGA, TIFF as well as image sequences
No import required - native timeline editing
Frame-accurate seeking for many formats
Multi-format timeline: mix and match resolutions and frame rates within a project
Screen capture including background capture to capture a Shotcut session
Webcam capture
Audio capture
Support for 4K resolutions
Network stream playback (HTTP, HLS, RTMP, RTSP, MMS, UDP)
Frei0r video generator plugins (e.g. color bars and plasma)
Audio Features
Audio scopes: loudness, peak meter, waveform, spectrum analyzer
Volume control
Audio filters:
Balance, Bass & Treble, Band Pass, Compressor, Copy Channel, Delay, Downmix, Expander, Gain, High Pass, Limiter, Low Pass, Normlize: One Pass, Normalize: Two Pass, Notch, Pan, Reverb, Swap Channels
Audio mixing across all tracks
Fade in and out audio and fade video from and to black with easy-to-use fader controls on timeline
Cross-fade audio and video dissolve transitions easily by overlapping shots on the same track of the timeline
JACK transport sync

Video Effects
Video compositing across video tracks
HTML5 (sans audio and video) as video source and filters
3-way (shadows, mids, highlights) color wheels for color correction and grading
Eye dropper tool to pick neutral color for white balancing
Fade in/out audio and fade video from and to black with easy-to-use fader controls on timeline
Video wipe transitions:
bar, barn door, box, clock (radial), diagonal, iris, matrix, and custom gradient image
Track compositing/blending modes:
Over, Add, Saturate, Multiply, Screen, Overlay, Darken, Dodge, Burn, Hard Light, Soft Light, Difference, Exclusion, HSL Hue, HSL Saturation, HSL Color, HSL Luminosity.
Video Filters:
Alpha Channel: Adjust, Alpha Channel: View, Blur, Brightness, Chroma Key: Advanced, Chroma Key: Simple, Contrast, Color Grading, Crop, Diffusion, Glow, Invert Colors, Key Spill: Advanced, Key Spill: Simple, Mirror, Old Film: Dust, Old Film: Grain, Old Film: Projector, Old Film: Scratches, Old Film: Technocolor, Opacity, Rotate, Rutt-Etra-Izer, Saturation, Sepia Tone, Sharpen, Size and Position, Stabilize, Text, Vignette, Wave, White Balance
Speed effect for audio/video clips
Editing Features
Trimming on source clip player or timeline with ripple option
Append, insert, overwrite, lift, and ripple delete editing on the timeline
3-point editing
Hide, mute, and lock track controls
Multitrack timeline with thumbnails and waveforms
Unlimited undo and redo for playlist edits including a history view
Create, play, edit, save, load, encode, and stream MLT XML projects (with auto-save)
Save and load trimmed clip as MLT XML file
Load and play complex MLT XML file as a clip
Drag-n-drop files from file manager
Scrubbing and transport control

Cross Platform & Codec Independent
Cross platform support: available on Windows, Linux and MacOS
Codec independent so does not rely on system codecs
Can run as a portable app from external drive
UI translations: Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish (not all 100%, but you can help
Batch encoding with job control
Encode/transcode to a variety of formats and codecs thanks to FFmpeg (or libav as-built)
Stream (encode to IP) files and any capture source
Video quality measurement (PSNR and SSIM)
Display and Monitoring
External monitoring via Blackmagic Decklink card on NTSC monitor
External monitoring on an extra system display/monitor
UI themes/skins: native-OS look and custom dark and light
Control video zoom in the player: fit viewable area (default), 50%, original (100%), and 200%
Flexible UI through dock-able panels
Detailed media properties panel
Recent files panel with search
Thumbnail and waveform caching between sessions

Hardware Support
Blackmagic Design SDI and HDMI for input and preview monitoring
Leap Motion for jog/shuttle control
Webcam capture
Audio capture to system audio card
Capture (record) SDI, HDMI, webcam (V4L2), JACK audio, PulseAudio, IP stream, X11 screen, and Windows DirectShow devices
Multi-core parallel image processing (when not using GPU and frame-dropping is disabled)
DeckLink SDI keyer output
OpenGL GPU-based image processing with 16-bit floating point linear per color component

You open files by drag-n-drop in addition to the usual menu and toolbar methods.
Tap J, K, L to control playback speed and direction. Tap J or L repeatedly to go faster.
Tap I or O to set the in and out points.
Press left or right cursor keys to step frame-by-frame.
Press page up or down to step one second at-a-time.
Press alt+left or alt+right to jump between start, in, out, and end.
Version is based on date. You can choose to update whenever you like and keep multiple versions (new versions are available monthly).

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Cannot edit without re-encoding - immediate uninstall.

Posted October 19, 2015 by V1de0Luvr. Tool version 15.10.06 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10

I made the big mistake of uninstalling an older version of this that loaded and would run on Win-7 x64. For the last few versions, the developer has apparently been assembling a less-than-complete install package. Now I am getting "Error: This program requires OpenGL version 2.0 with the framebuffer object extension." Then it closes. Yeah, I can hunt around, trying to i.d. and locate any missing module(s) and apply them, to see if this resolves the issue . . . but then, why should I have to do this ? Time is short as things stand. I'm going to try to remove this and re-apply that older version.

[I have not as yet had much chance to try out this editor, so my ratings are meaningless until I'm able to run it -- at which point I will try to update this.]

Posted April 04, 2014 by Seeker47. Tool version 14.0402 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

Excellent tool, especially for one at such an early stage of development. Timeline editing is still a work in progress but as a simple playlist or fast single track editor, this little tool is superb. Tons of potential here.

Posted February 04, 2014 by videomi. Tool version 14.02.03 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

I had to update my display driver to get this program to work. The pros are it's pretty, it has color grading wheels, it has image stabilizer and various other filters. It also imports and exports a wide selection of formats.

The cons are it's very limited as an NLE, It only supports 1 track layer, It's supposed to import xml, but it wouldn't open an xml file I exported from Vegas.

All in all, it's got potential to be a good free NLE. Right now it has about as much abilities as Virtualdub, maybe a few less...........

Posted December 31, 2013 by racer-x. Tool version 131230 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

Has the potential to be the best free editor I have ever come across.
I noticed a small sync issue on FLV to mpeg-ps conversion. Nothing too bad.
Now, can someone tell me how to join the clip list in-program for export?

Posted March 18, 2013 by transporterfan. Tool version 1301317 using OS Vista 64-bit
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

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