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Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor. Note! This editor is still in early development. It does NOT support all video formats. Full description.

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
Release 15.03
Add Update button to Playlist panel.
Double-clicking a successfully completed Encode job, now opens the result in Shotcut.
Consolidate GPU and Video filters in Filter menu.
Add View > Scopes > Audio Waveform.
Move audio peak meter to View > Scopes > Audio Peak Meter and main toolbar button.
Move volume slider to player toolbar icon.

Release 15.02
Add x265 codec.
Add video quality measurement tool.
No longer auto-plays upon opening a playlist or multitrack project.
Auto-select all text upon giving a timecode field focus.

Release 15.01
Only a few bug fixes and translation updates.

Release 14.12
New filter menu allows you favorite filters and see only favorites.
CPU-based video filters can be added after GPU-based filters.

Release 14.11
The HTML5 features are finally available on Windows!
Add source code editing to the HTML editor.
Add 3D Text filter based on WebGL, typeface.js, and three.js.
Add support for DirectShow devices on Windows in the Open Other dialog.
Add the Opus audio codec.
Change the VP9 WebM preset to use the Opus audio codec.
Add support for the #localtime# keyword to the Text filter (no button yet).
Restart instead of simply closing the app when changing the GPU or language settings.
Change the Redo keyboard shortcut to Ctrl+Y on Windows only.
Save file paths in MLT XML with relative names for assets in the same folder or sub-folder. This makes it easier to use a relocatable project folder.
Add scale and offset parameters and a preset widget to the Rotate filter. Usually after rotating a video, part of the image has been clipped. These new parameters provide control for that clipping processing including no clipping.
Add Italian translation.

Release 14.10
Maintenance release to fix some bugs.
Added Polish translation.
Restored FFV1 encoding and preset.
Change Leap Motion control: close hand to pause, open hand to shuttle.

Release 14.09
Added WMV and WMA encode presets.
Enabled the video player zoom and pan controls for OS X.
Added Size and Position video filter with a rectangle control that overlays the video player.
Added a simple Text video filter also with rectangle control overlay. This is a dynamic text filter supports pre-defined variables: Timecode, Frame #, File date, File name.
Enabled parallel video processing for Encode File on systems with more than 2 logical cores when not using GPU Processing. This makes encoding faster when using filters, transitions, and compositing.
Added an Opacity video filter.
Added an option on video fade filters: Adjust opacity instead of fade with black.
Now you can add filters to an entire track by clicking the track head and using the Filters panel.
New projects created with this version now load much more quickly.

Release 14.08
Now the Stabilize video filter really does work on Windows.
Added a Gamma menu item to the Settings menu when in GPU mode, which performs gamma correction. Previously, the display gamma was fixed at sRGB, but now you can choose Rec. 709. Previously, when applying a GPU filter, Shotcut would output sRGB gamma when encoding to a Y'CbCr file, and that has been removed/fixed.
Transfer characteristic (gamma) metadata is now written to video files that support it (e.g., H.264).
The filter UI layout is now automatically adapts to a horizontal or vertical layout to suit more workspace layouts.
Upgraded FFmpeg to version 2.3.

Release 14.07
14.06.28: add "Remove Old Program Files" option to Windows installer
14.06.23: ask to exit if there are unfinished jobs
fix crash when loading invalid XML
add auto-save
14.06.15: fix frames repeating at end of some clips
fix Stabilize filter on Windows
add elegant combination slider and spinner control and revise all filter UIs to use it
cleanup all filter UIs to be consistent with other areas of UI panels
improve tooltips on timeline track headers
fix bug that gives you a MLT-XML GPU warning when the Balance or Pan filters are in a project
Save to app config the folder path name of last saved project XML. Then, use this path to default save dialogs such as next XML or video stabilization data.
On OS X, when using System theme, stack the display volume and mute toggles so these widgets do not appear so wide.
Workaround for the Stabilize filter's analysis job crashing on Windows.
The analysis job still crashes at the end, but the data is still created and usable. So, go ahead and try to use the data regardless of the job's failure.
14.06.04: Make adjusting image duration on timeline easier.
Now, the Duration field in Properties adjusts the out point, and the actual duration is 10 minutes. This lets you add just a few seconds to the Timeline by default but then stretch or shrink the image clip on the timeline up to 10 minutes. If you need more than 10 minutes, add the clip to the track again.
14.05.29: upgrade x264 to git master and FFmpeg to v2.2
14.05.28: check compatibility of MLT XML with current GPU processing mode
14.05.27: introduce logging program activity to text file
14.05.25: more fixes for file names with extended characters on Windows
14.05.19: fix opening files with path/name with extended characters on Windows
14.05.06: upgrade to Movit 1.1.1 and replace GLEW with libepoxy
14.04.29: fix crash on Windows w/GPU upon closing Color Grading filter UI
14.04.17: add Wave filter
14.04.14: fix huge memory leak introduced in v14.04.05 while working with interlaced clips with GPU Processing enabled
14.04.12: fix Overlay HTML filter appearing in filter list as Circular Frame
14.04.09: now provide 3 simultaneous color wheels for CPU-based Color Grading filter
14.04.08: add Catalan language
14.04.04: require shift key to make editing keyboard shortcuts target the playlist instead of the timeline
14.04.03: improved reliability for some FLV files and music with album art
restore Crop filter for GPU
fix drag-n-drop from playlist to timeline
14.03.27: fix GPU processing on OS X
add GPU support for video wipe transitions
fix aspect ratio of encoding on Windows in locales that use comma for decimal point (broken since 14.02.27)
14.03.25: GPU processing upgrades broke on OS X
14.03.24: add transition properties and video wipes
14.03.23: add transition by trimming
14.03.19: add resizing transition
14.03.17: display a time delta while moving, trimming, and fading on timeline
14.03.12: add initial support for cross-fade audio and video
14.03.11: add Open XML As Clip to File menu
14.03.09: in Encode, lock-down video parameters for presets that have specific resolution and framerate
add search for encode presets
add Show Audio Waveforms toggle to timeline menu
14.03.02: add seeking to previous and next edit points using |< and >| buttons or alt+left/right keyboard shortcuts
4.03.01: add Fade In and Fade Out audio filters and Fade From Black and Fade To Black video filters with special timeline fader controls
more fixes for locales using comma for decimal point on Windows
add a Set Default button for duration to the image properties panel
add insert and overwrite for drag-n-drop into timeline
add option to scrub over timeline when dragging clips into timeline or within it
show clip properties for selected shot on timeline
14.02.15: fix a luma (brightness) change when applying non-GPU filters
14.02.14: fix undoing a split
fix drag-n-drop from Source player to Timeline on Windows and OS X
add keyboard shortcut 'S' to split clip under playhead on current track
14.02.12: fix encoding with GPU processing on Windows
fix GPU processing on Windows (where compatible)
new video stabilization ( faster) and audio normalization ( EBU R128) filters
(video stabilization still crashes on Windows 8, but works for us on Windows 7 and other OS)
14.02.08: rework integration of playlist and timeline and change player tabs to Source / Program
14.02.05: add external monitoring on additional system monitor
14.02.04: track compositing fixes
14.02.03: fix crash on startup on Windows with dock title bars hidden
fix accuracy of edits when saving and loading project XML in locales with radix not a period
set the UI locale from the language or host OS locale so that radix appears and interpreted correctly
add Restore Layout to View menu
add Show Title Bars to View menu
14.01.28: upgrade FFmpeg libs to v2.1
14.01.27: reduce GPU memory usage with GPU processing
14.01.25: fix crash using audio only clip on Windows
14.01.23: fix inserting into playlist by menu or keyboard command (fix for OS X is in v14.01.24)
14.01.21: fix broken MP3 encode preset and sometimes wrong aspect ratio in encode
14.01.20: add Vignette and Diffusion (GPU only) filters
14.01.14: improve GPU processing performance
14.01.05 - 14.01.18: various timeline bug fixes
various fixes for timeline editing especially undo/redo
added insert and overwrite edits
fix GPU processing to work with Timeline
re-enable GPU processing for Windows (still only partially works on some systems)
fix broken timeline on Windows
fix putting Timeline panel in a tab stacked with other panels
let Timeline panel be moved to top of window or floated
13.12.29: timeline broken on Windows
13.12.26: fix OS X build broken since v13.12.21 due to Qt upgrade
13.12.22: upgrade Qt to version 5.2.0
fix process not completely closing on Windows
fix broken keyboard shortcuts when not using English
13.11.18: add Invert and Sepia Tone video filters
13.11.17: add OpenGL version and extension test
13.11.15: add thumbnail caching
fix keyboard cursor left/right and page/up down (on Linux, issues still persist on WIndows, OS X)
add Stabilize video filter
add Downmix audio filter
add Swap Channels audio filter
13.11.06: add audio Normalize filter
add player zoom button
broke keyboard cursor left/right and page up/down for navigating video (workaround: click on scrub bar to give it focus)
13.10.29: fix H.264 encoding on Windows - broken since 13.10.02
13.10.28: add Rotate video filter
fix encode when GPU is enabled (regression since 13.09.30!)
add DeckLink keyer capability
add WebVfx producer widget so you can set HTML generator transparent (handy for keying HTML)
13.10.17: add audio Pan and Balance filters
13.10.16: fix loading tractor-based MLT XML files (e.g. from Kdenlive or OpenShot)
13.10.15: fix Leap Motion for Linux and Windows
disable Leap Motion in Linux builds
fix opening correct file from Recent search
add first audio filters
13.10.10: conflict between QtWebKit and libLeap on Linux resulting in crash when loading HTML over HTTP
13.10.09: crashes in Recent panel when opening new (not in recent) file (downloads deleted since high visibility crash)
13.10.08: add search field to Recent panel
13.10.02 - 13.10.07: writes incorrect playlist
13.09.21: best known version before Qt 5 upgrade

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All features / Full description:
These are all currently implemented features. See the Roadmap for planned features.

supports oodles of formats and codecs thanks to FFmpeg (or libav as-built)
frame-accurate seeking for many formats
screen capture (Linux only) including background capture to capture a Shotcut session
webcam capture (Linux only)
audio capture (Linux only; PulseAudio, JACK, or ALSA)
network stream playback (HTTP, HLS, RTMP, RTSP, MMS, UDP)
frei0r video generator plugins (e.g. color bars and plasma)
Blackmagic Design SDI and HDMI for input and preview monitoring
JACK transport sync
detailed media properties panel
recent files panel
drag-n-drop files from file manager
save and load trimmed clip as MLT XML file
load and play complex MLT XML file as a clip
audio signal level meter
volume control
scrubbing and transport control
flexible UI through dock-able panels
encode to a variety of formats and codecs thanks to FFmpeg (or libav as-built)
capture (record) SDI, HDMI, webcam (V4L2), JACK, PulseAudio, IP streams, X11 screen
stream (encode to IP) files and any capture source
batch encoding with job control
create, play, edit, save, load, encode, and stream MLT XML playlists
unlimited undo and redo for playlist edits including a history view
connect to Melted servers over MVCP TCP protocol
control the transport playback of Melted units
edit Melted playlists including suport for undo/redo
OpenGL GPU-based image processing
video filters: Blur, Color Grading, Crop, Glow, Mirror, Saturation, Sharpen
3-way (shadows, mids, highlights) color wheels for color correction and grading

Guides and How to's:
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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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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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