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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.

Free software
OS:Windows MacOS Linux
Version:16.12
Released:Dec 4, 2016
File size:71.5MB
Portable version
Old versions available
Version history available
7.1/10
6 votes




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Latest version

16.12 (December 4, 2016)



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Download Shotcut 16.12  [71.5MB]  [Win]

Download Shotcut 16.12 64-bit  [183.2MB]  [Win64]



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Download Shotcut 16.12 portable  [100.2MB]  [Win]

Download Shotcut 16.12 portable 64-bit  [256.1MB]  [Win64]

Download Shotcut Mac 64-bit version  [60.8MB]  [Mac64]

Download Shotcut Linux 64-bit version  [59.0MB]  [Linux64]



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Download Shotcut old versions



Supported operating systems

WinWindows MacMac OS LinuxLinux



License

Free software



Version history / Release notes / Changelog


Release 16.12

Added Constrained VBR for the video codec rate control mode to Export.
Added Fixed option to video GOP to Export.
New audio mixing mode that does not affect levels.
Increased usage of floating point for audio processing to improve quality.
Added Occitan translation.
More fixes for copying filters and LUT (3D) video filter.

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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
Deinterlacing
Auto-rotate
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


Quickstart
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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6 comments, Showing 1 to 5 comments

I have been using ShotCut for Linux for a while now and I consider it the best legally free NLE currently available (never tried it on Windows) for the hobbyist. Blender has more advanced editing features but Shotcut is easy to use and figure out and works with every format I have thrown at it. The comment the other poster made about "no editing without re-encoding so instant uninstall" is nonsense, by defintion if you edit a video you have to re-encode. With ShotCut you do have the option of a lossless export which you can then feed to your favorite encoder or you can encode from within via x265, x264, vp9 or whatever else you want.

Highly recommended.



Dec 4, 2016 Version: 16.12.03 OS: Linux Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



Cannot edit without re-encoding - immediate uninstall.


Oct 19, 2015 Version: 15.10.06 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease: 5/10 Functionality: 5/10 Value: 5/10 Overall: 5/10



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.]



Apr 4, 2014 Version: 14.0402 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value: 1/10 Overall: 1/10



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.


Feb 4, 2014 Version: 14.02.03 OS: Windows 7 Ease: 10/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



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...........



Dec 31, 2013 Version: 131230 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease: 9/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 8/10


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