Shotcut – cross-platform video editor

Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor. It is a powerful tool.

This software application provides several ways of creating and modifying a timeline. Ranging from a simple synopsis view (a-la iMovie) to the full-blown editing view (aka Complex View) which puts you in complete control of your editing.

Shotcut is developed on the MLT Multimedia Framework.

Features include:

  • Supports many audio and video formats and codecs courtesy of FFmpeg.
  • Supports many image formats such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, SVG, TGA, TIFF as well as image sequences.
  • No import required – native 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.
  • 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.
  • Deinterlacing.
  • Detailed media properties panel.
  • Recent files panel with search.
  • 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 scopes: peak meter, waveform, spectrum analyzer.
  • Volume control.
  • Scrubbing and transport control.
  • Flexible UI through dock-able panels.
  • Encode/transcode to a variety of formats and codecs thanks to FFmpeg (or libav as-built).
  • Capture (record) SDI, HDMI, webcam (V4L2), JACK audio, PulseAudio, IP stream, X11 screen, and Windows DirectShow devices.
  • Stream (encode to IP) files and any capture source.
  • Batch encoding with job control.
  • Create, play, edit, save, load, encode, and stream MLT XML projects (with auto-save).
  • 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 with 16-bit floating point linear per color component.
  • Multi-core parallel image processing (when not using GPU and frame-dropping is disabled).
  • Video filters: Chroma Key: Simple, 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.
  • Audio filters:Balance, Bass & Treble, Band Pass, Compressor, Copy Channel, Delay, Downmix, Expander, Gain, High Pass, Limiter, Low Pass, Normlize, Notch, Pan, Reverb, Swap Channels.
  • 3-way (shadows, mids, highlights) color wheels for color correction and grading.
  • Eye dropper tool to pick neutral color for white balancing.
  • UI translations: Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish (not all 100%, but you can help).
  • HTML5 (sans audio and video) as video source and filters.
  • Leap Motion for jog/shuttle control.
  • DeckLink SDI keyer output.
  • 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%.
  • Multitrack timeline with thumbnails and waveforms.
  • Thumbnail and waveform caching between sessions.
  • Audio mixing across all tracks.
  • Video compositing across video tracks.
  • 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.
  • External monitoring on an extra system display/monitor.
  • 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.
  • Video wipe transitions: bar, barn door, box, clock (radial), diagonal, iris, matrix, and custom gradient image.
  • Video quality measurement (PSNR and SSIM).
  • Support for 4K resolutions.
  • 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 Luminocity.
  • Speed effect for audio/video clips.

Support: FAQ
Developer: Dan Dennedy, Brian Matherly
License: GNU GPL v3


Shotcut is written in C++ and QML. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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