Shotcut

Open-source video editing tool for creative professionals

About Shotcut

Shotcut is an open-source video editing software designed to help creative professionals edit audio and video files using various built-in tools and functionalities across macOS, Windows, and Linux operating systems. Organizations can cut, copy and paste elements, detach audio from video clips, sort playlists by name or creation date, and manage files using a drag-and-drop interface.

Shotcut supports multiple audio, video, and file formats such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, SVG, TGA, TIFF, and WebP, among others. Users can capture videos via webcams, mix audio across various tracks, control volume, and use the eye dropper tool to manage white balance. Creative professionals can also configure user interface (UI) themes and utilize the search functionality to retrieve recent files.

Shotcut enables designers to undo or redo edits on audio and video playlists, switch between UI layouts, view media properties on a panel, and measure video quality on a centralized platform. The software also provides a speed effect for video or audio clips, several wipe transition techniques, 360° video filters, and other tools for designers to edit media according to requirements.

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  • Free Version
  • Open Source

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Pricing starting from:

N/A

  • Free Trial
  • Free Version
  • Open Source

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Features

Total features of Shotcut: 9

  • Drag & Drop
  • File Management
  • Multiple Format Support
  • Search/Filter
  • Supports HD Resolution
  • Text Overlay
  • Video Editing
  • Video Management
  • Video Support

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5
(48)
Value for Money
4.8/5
Features
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Support
4.1/5

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Heather B.
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  • Industry: Music
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Other for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Best Free Video Editor for the Beginner!

Reviewed on 1/5/2020

Wonderful! At times a bit frustrating with the lag and sometimes overwhelming with the amount of...

Wonderful! At times a bit frustrating with the lag and sometimes overwhelming with the amount of options, especially when you have no idea what you're doing. BUT! There are a ton of free videos and tutorials both on Shotcut's website, as well as YouTube tutorials from users, and they're fantastic. You can use them as a tutorial to learn the software and the feature you want to use, and keep them bookmarked for references. But I admit, the 4K export option (while it can take a LONG time, depending on the length of your video) makes it incredibly worthwhile, especially if your exporting in a format to upload to YouTube. Definitely recommend for the beginning video editor!

Pros

1) This software is free to use with no watermarks or weird annoying ads. 2) It's fantastic for the beginning video editor. 3) Works perfectly on a PC where as I think most of the better video editors have been designed for Macs (personal opinion) 4) Allows you export in a large number of different formats, including YouTube in 4K resolution 5) So many options and features, it's almost overwhelming! 6) Fantastic interface!

Cons

If you're running other programs or working on a very big project, this can eat up your computer memory, causing lagging and freezing. Highly recommended to close all other programs before opening up Shotcut and using a computer or laptop with a fast processor. You can make due without it, but once you add any transitions or layers, it'll start freezing. The preview feature so you can see what you've already done can also be a bit slow and glitchy... Imagine skipping one frame out of every three frames. However, it does NOT export this way. I have no experience with other video editors, so I'm not sure if that's a common theme among them.

Gerald Q.
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Fantastic Free Open Source Video Editor

Reviewed on 22/9/2019

So far I've had no problems with Shotcut. Since the amount of scene transitions is limited I find...

So far I've had no problems with Shotcut. Since the amount of scene transitions is limited I find myself concentrating more on the quality of the scenes themselves instead of the transitions, which is a good thing. This program is perfect for those on a budget or for a beginner. If you can master Shotcut, you'll be in perfect shape to advance to a more expensive program later on. This will definitely teach you the basics for free before you decide to lay out your cash. All in all I'm very pleased with Shotcut, I highly recommend it.

Pros

You can't beat the price (Free!). This program gets the job done. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles as expensive programs but it does plenty enough to do most basic projects. I've done numerous music videos and little comedy skits that I've uploaded to YouTube and they come out great. They look totally professional and the feedback I've gotten has been very positive. My action camera records in .mov format which is hard to edit with. I convert my raw files to .mp4 which makes editing much easier and I'm unable to discern any loss of video quality. All in all, Shotcut has been a great choice for me.

Cons

Some of the functions aren't intuitive. It takes a little while to figure out how everything works. Also it's slow while it publishes your final work but if you're patient it's well worth the wait to save money. It lacks a variety of scene transitions that more expensive programs have but it does have the basics.

Clive V.
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  • Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Shotcut Review

Reviewed on 2/2/2020

Pros

As a someone new to video editing I was looking for for free software to start a YouTube channel and edit videos. It's open source and free so that was great!

Cons

As a newbie to video edoti6it was really daunting and I could not find a simple beginners guide to using this software

Roshen D.
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  • Industry: Computer Games
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 6-12 months
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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Shotcut: The Free Editor You Have Been Missing Out On

Reviewed on 11/2/2020

Overall, I think Shotcut is a great free video editor that anyone can use after a little bit of...

Overall, I think Shotcut is a great free video editor that anyone can use after a little bit of practice and through some of my testing I found out that it can even process some raw 8K footage from a camera we rented.

Pros

What I liked most about the software was that it had the features of a professional video editor such as Adobe Premiere Pro. It could also process 4K HDR 10 video at 120FPS which other video editors struggled to render these types of video formats. My favorite part about it is that it doesn't have an ANNOYING WATERMARK. Basically some of the other editors I tried showed a giant watermark across the screen that said the company name or it said Free Version but Shotcut has no watermark.

Cons

Originally when my team picked this software for free I thought it was going to be easy to use but I thought wrong. But after a few days of learning I was using Shotcut in no time. I just think people should know that because it isn't easy to learn at the start doesn't mean you can't learn it.

Michael A.
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  • Industry: Religious Institutions
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Great video editing but a steep learning curve

Reviewed on 25/6/2020

We have been used to doing "once and done" v instructional videos for a while now and that has...

We have been used to doing "once and done" v instructional videos for a while now and that has worked well. When we decided we wanted to add more (graphics, multiple cameras, etc.) we began looking for a good yet inexpensive video editing software. Shotcut kept coming in near the top. It is not as user friendly as some yet it has enough features to do exactly what we need! I have had to do quite a bit of research on how to make Shotcut do what we need it to because the tutorials in the software are not user friendly. Overall it has been the best basic yet feature rich video editing software we have come across!

Pros

Shotcut is a great basic video editing software. For a basic user it is useful yet powerful. Using the basic setup I have been able to do all of the video editing of YouTube instructional videos without a hitch. It does not have an overabundance of features which is the best feature! It is not trying to do more than advertised.

Cons

There is a steep learning curve as tutorials are not as helpful as they could be. I found myself searching YouTube for tutorials and How-To videos every time I wanted to do something new.

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Shotcut offers the following pricing plans:

  • Pricing model: Free, Open Source
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Shotcut is available for free.

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Shotcut has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

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