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VidCutter is a cross-platform app for quick and easy video trimming/splitting and merging/joining for simple quick edits. FFmpeg drives the backend with a stylishly hand edited Qt5 UI. A FFmpeg static binary is preinstalled for both Windows and macOS releases.

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OS:Windows Mac Linux
Released:Feb 7,2018
File size:53.1MB
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5.5.0 (February 7, 2018)


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Download VidCutter 5.5.0 Windows  [53.1MB]  [Win]

Download VidCutter 5.5.0 Windows 64-bit  [58.2MB]  [Win64]

Download VidCutter 5.5.0 Mac  [52.3MB]  [Mac]

Download VidCutter 5.5.0 Linux 64-bit  [166.9MB]  [Linux64]

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog


- fixes selected region on slider and SmartCut breakages on various h264 based source media


The most requested feature is finally added; media stream configuration! A
new media stream button has been added and enabled for use when
clips are all derived from the same source media OR media files added
manually all share the same codecs, formats, etc... A view of all
detected streams including video, audio, text/subtitles. Chapters are not
included as they are treated differently by FFmpeg and followng the usual
rule of thumb in VidCutter which is they will be included in your end
result if the original source is not corrupt or in some weird non-standard

Migrated main toolbar buttons from QToolBar + QActions to new custom
widget VCToolBarButton handling QPushButton with attached. This allows
working pressed states on existing toolbar buttons which QToolBar buttons
(for reasons I cannot fathom) do not.

Tools section added to settings for setting paths to three main tools
used by VidCutter; FFmpeg, FFprobe and MediaInfo. Set to Defaults
button reverts changes to defaults, especially useful for users of
bundled packages of app (AppImage, Windows and macOS which contain
these tools prepacked). Allows you to use different versions of said

End of file is now being observed in the mpv library event pool so that
playback state resets position back to the start, in pause and all
controls in their default states.

Ability to set clip index list to the left or right (default) of main

Support for WTV (.wtv - Windows Recorded TV Show) media files
(playback and cutting/joining) added.

New code for restarting app whe changing themes is causing problems in Windows,
starting app again resolves things. My patience for Windows shell is at an all
time low so will fix this when my care factor returns (if ever). Windows shell
is a joke.

Required dependency of PyOpenGL python module introduced for users on slightly
older Ubuntu, Fedora and Ubuntu based Linux distributions. such as Mint or
ElementaryOS. This now fixes things if you were experiencing immediate
segmentation faults when launching. no OpenGL context could be created. Again,
this only applies to Linux and only to those distro mentioned above. No user
manual tasks needed, Ubuntu and Fedora packaging scripts already updated so
it should all be seamless to the end user.

ffprobe code fixed for media that is either problematic or imperfect. stdout
and stderr streams separated for ffprobe calls, thus fixing ffprobe JSON parsing
errors and allowing the addition of the new .WTV media file format.

Minor changes/improvements to a few other front panel buttons w/ pressed states
where previously unavailable + minor cosmetic improvements to color schemes
of hover/active state buttons

Linux desktop and appdata metadata files switched to reverse domain
notation file names as per specs

Fullscreen mode rewrite for Qt 5.10 changes + better support in wayland.

OpenGL helpers added to X11 and Wayland based Linux platforms to better
assist with fullscreen functionality and video render compatibility any
where an OpenGL context can be created.

Updated keyboard shortcuts information to include some added keyboard
and mouse based shortcuts.

Defined cutting regions shown on the timeline are now hidden during
the "generating thumbnails" process (mainly evident when turning
thumbnails on/off or resizing the application's window)

Better detection and prompting if application exit is attempted while
video processing jobs in progress, if user decides to continue quitting
then kill all VidCutter associated jobs gracefully and force the usual
cleanup routines

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37 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews

I watched how the program worked and was horrified. I'm shocked! (and this is said softly). For example - took a video on the game - the file was 38 Gigabytes in size. All work is done on a computer with 64 Gigabytes of RAM, an I7-6700 processor, an SSD drive. Downloading a file to the program is almost instantaneous. I cut 14 segments from 30 seconds to 1 minute and ran to save the result. And WHAT I SEE - the processor is loaded by 100 percent with 14 copies of ffmpeg (by the number of segments) - ASK WHY IT IS PARALLEL, if the CONSECUTIVE will be kept faster.
The program worked more than 4 hours (it was interesting ...)
For comparison, SolveigMM Splitter downloaded the same file with a miscalculation, I saw the cache for 3 minutes, cut it into pieces for another 4 minutes.
7 minutes against 4 hours is nonsense, or I do not understand something and I'm doing it wrong.
I apologize for my bad english

May 30, 2018 Version: 5.5.0 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 3/10 Value for money: 4/10 Overall: 4/10

No comments. Rating it only.

Mar 18, 2018 Version: OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

@AlanC thanks for the tip re the cursor.. a minor bug regression.. has been fixed for the next release which should be ready in a week or two at most with some additional features; blackframe detection for auto com-skip mainly..

@michfr wanted to mention that the latest 5.5.0 release should work with your WTV files although I had a limited supply of WTV files for testing but the main issue that prevented their use was resolved. would be great if you could advise if all is good on your side now.. thx!

Feb 12, 2018 Version: 5.5.0 OS: Linux Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

The bugfix release fixes the serious problem I reported in #33 thanks.

If you're picky, you might want to kill the 'busy' cursor, which appears when the information box is dismissed (after a run) and persists until you hover over a button or a thumbnail in the CLIP INDEX. Clicking to start and stop the video in the main window doesn't deal with it.

But it's not a show stopper, just misleading for the inexperienced.

Feb 7, 2018 Version: 5.5 bugfix OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Version 5.5 hangs with 80% on the progress bar overlay.
When I inspect the target folder, the clip is there in full (as 'middle'), as are the 'start' and 'end' frame segments.
In all cases the media were Matroska containers with AVC and AC-3 content, high bitrates.
I can confirm that Version 5.0 (post script error) does not behave like this, and runs to completion.

One other factor - same result with Tools pointing to default ffmpeg/MediaInfo and to my local 64 bit copies (which I keep up to date).

(Forced to rate for this report, I am maintaining my 5.0 rating because I trust the author to address this).

Feb 6, 2018 Version: 5.5 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

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