16.12 (December 4, 2016)
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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.
Added portable app feature with Settings > App Data Directory and –appdata command line argument.
Fixed drag-n-drop to Timeline after moving clip to different track.
Fixed LUT (3D) filter for languages/regions that use comma for decimal point.
Fixed Properties > Speed on macOS for languages/regions that use comma for decimal point.
Added Gaelic (Scottish) translation.
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.
Added Tiles, Icons, and Details view modes to Playlist.
Added Copy Filters and Paste Filters.
Upgraded Qt to v5.6.1 with HiDPI support. (Set environment variable QT_AUTO_SCREEN_SCALE_FACTOR=0 to turn it off.)
Converted some 16x16 icons to 32x32 for HiDPI.
Moved the Timeline Zoom slider to the toolbar.
Added count-down (or up) generator: File > Open Other > Count
Major performance boost for opaque clips on video tracks higher than V1 with track Composite enabled and Blend mode: Over.
Added File > Export Frame…
Added Remove transition to History by trimming a neighboring clip to remove it.
Fixed version checker.
Changed double-click on Timeline clip to select+seek instead of copying to Source player.
Show red outline on scrub bar of Source player to indicate selection.
Added Cut, Copy, and Paste to Edit menu and Timeline tool bar.
Changed Timeline keyboard shortcut A to append.
Changed Timeline keyboard shortcut C to copy.
Changed Timeline keyboard shortcut Enter to seek to start of clip.
Added Peak and True Peak meters to the Audio Loudness scope.
Added check for missing files when opening .mlt XML project file.
Added dialog to locate and resolve (relink) missing files in project file.
For clips with speed changed, added support for saving and loading relative path and file names.
Added Export EDL to the File menu.
Added YouTube preset to Export (which does the same thing as not changing any export settings, not selecting an export preset, or clicking Reset).
Updated Blackmagic Design SDI/HDMI output to work with recent driver updates.
Mostly just fixes.
Added Remove to Jobs panel.
Added 25% option to player's Zoom button-menu.
Improved application logging.
Moved status messages front and central and removed status bar.
Fixed frequently reported problem with black video on Export.
Fixed a few crashing bugs.
Added an option to Windows installer to remove registry settings to help people with new crash-on-launch problems.
Reduced memory usage when exporting a playlist or mulitrack project.
Added Normalize: One Pass audio filter (existing Normalize renamed Normalize: Two Pass.
Added Audio Loudness to View > Scopes.
Added Brightness video filter for CPU and GPU.
Added Contrast video filter for CPU and GPU.
Added Reduce Noise video filter for CPU only.
Install ffplay and ffprobe executables.
Improved visual feedback about what is selected in Timeline, Properties, and Filters views.
Added More Information to clip Properties overflow-menu.
Added Start Integrity Check Job to clip Properties overflow-menu.
Added auto-rotate for video clips with orientation metadata.
Added a Ukranian translation.
Changed player tab Program to Project.
Changed panel name Encode to Export.
Added a From field to the Export panel to allow exporting the project, a clip loaded in the Source tab of the player, or or each playlist item as a batch of jobs.
Added an export preset for animated GIF.
Upgraded FFmpeg to v3.0.
Upgraded MLT to v6.0.0.
Audio waveforms on timeline are updated incrementally as progress is made.
Allow dual pass encoding for CBR.
Added Show Video Thumbnails option to the timeline menu.
Added Rebuild Audio Waveform to a timeline clip's context menu.
Added Speed parameter to Properties for an audio/video clip.
Added Properties views for track and timeline when selected. Click track head to select track; click the timeline's cornerstone (top left block) to select the timeline.
Added Blend mode to track properties (not available in GPU processing mode; only applies when compositing is enabled in the track header).
Added Alpha Channel: View video filter.
Added Alpha Channel: Adjust video filter.
Added Chroma Key: Simple video filter.
Added Chroma Key: Advanced video filter.
Added Key Spill: Simple video filter.
Added Key Spill: Advanced video filter.
And, as usual, a bunch of fixes and translation updates.
Note: none of the above, new video filters can utilize GPU-processing at this time.
Added crash recovery for untitled sessions.
Added Slovak translation.
Added Rutt-Etra-Izer video filter.
Added audio/video device and screen capture for OS X.
Added screen capture for Windows.
Added Application Log to View menu.
Added Save button to text viewer dialogs (logs, XML).
Added video Deinterlace, Interpolation, and Parallel-processing options to Encode panel.
Reorganize the Settings menu and added headings.
Added Close action to File menu.
Added keyboard shortcuts for trimming on Timeline: I, Shift+I, O, Shift+O.
Added support for ripple trimming on Timeline.
Mostly just bug fixes.
Added Dutch translation.
Added Russian translation.
Added project check and repair function.
Added Scrub Audio to Settings menu.
Added Display Method to Settings menu (Windows only).
Added Portugal Portuguese translation.
Added Mute audio filter.
Updated Qt to v5.5.
Updated FFmpeg to v2.7.
Added a Greek translation.
Added a Ripple All Tracks option to the Timeline menu.
4 new audio dynamics filters:
4K UHD support
5 new video filters:
Old Film: Dust
Old Film: Grain
Old Film: Projector
Old Film: Scratches
Old Film: Technocolor
5 new audio filters:
Bass & Treble (3-band graphic equalizer)
Added Insert Track and Remove Track
New default Encode settings produce a better quality H.264 MP4 file
Composite now defaults to on/enabled for new video tracks
Added 64-bit Windows build.
Added Audio Spectrum analyzer.
Changed audio Gain filter to use dB and log scale.
Added a toggle button to Lock a track.
Changed Insert and Ripple Delete to ripple across all unlocked tracks.
Changed keyboard shortcut to adjust track height to Ctrl+- and Ctrl+=.
Added keyboard shortcuts to toggle track:
Mute - Ctrl+M
Hide - Ctrl+H
Lock - Ctrl+C
Add Distort option to Size and Position filter.
Add video Cut option to Transition Properties.
Code-sign Windows executable and installer.
In Timeline, operate on clip under the play head if nothing is selected.
New keyboard shortcuts for Timeline:
Select clip under play head: Ctrl+Space.
Move selection one item to the right/left: Ctrl+Right/Left.
Blanks can be selected to remove/ripple-delete: X or Shift+Del or Shift+Backspace.
Deselect everything: Ctrl+D.
Open As Clip: Enter/Return.
Added an audio tone generator (in File > Open > Other).
Now you can set a new default duration for audio or video fade filters.
The WebM VP9 encode preset enables multi-threaded encoding.
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.
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.
Only a few bug fixes and translation updates.
New filter menu allows you favorite filters and see only favorites.
CPU-based video filters can be added after GPU-based filters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Support for 4K resolutions
Network stream playback (HTTP, HLS, RTMP, RTSP, MMS, UDP)
Frei0r video generator plugins (e.g. color bars and plasma)
Audio scopes: loudness, peak meter, waveform, spectrum analyzer
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 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.
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
Trimming on source clip player or timeline with ripple option
Append, insert, overwrite, lift, and ripple delete editing on the timeline
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
Blackmagic Design SDI and HDMI for input and preview monitoring
Leap Motion for jog/shuttle control
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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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.
Dec 4, 2016 Version: 16.12.03
OS: Linux Ease: 10/10
Cannot edit without re-encoding - immediate uninstall.
Oct 19, 2015 Version: 15.10.06
OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease: 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
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
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