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
  • Free Trial
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Markets

United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

N/A

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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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

4.4 /5
(56)
Value for Money
4.8/5
Features
4.3/5
Ease of Use
4.0/5
Customer Support
4/5

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Michael C. Michael C.
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  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used for 1+ year
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

A Must Have For Amateur Video Editors

Reviewed on 19/5/2021

A true delight if I have to be honest. It made the work so much better.

A true delight if I have to be honest. It made the work so much better.

Pros

If the fact that Shoctut is open source (free) isn't enough for you to use it allow me to go deeper. Shotcut is a very simple and easy to use video editor. Before using more sophisticated software for video editing it was what helped me get familiar with a lot of concepts that were completely alien to me and it taught me how to use channels and separate audio from the video files and other useful things that looked too complicated to do in similar software. Usually when you open video editing software you're met with so many buttons and so much information that it gets scary to even try. Shotcut was what allowed me to start with its simple and minimalistic interface. You have all the necessary information and buttons to work with and if and only if you want to go deeper you'll have to face the more complex functions of the software.

I think that my favorite thing about Shotcut is how easy it is to create proxies for heavy videos. Similar software requires an additional encoder when with Shotcut it's a simple 3-5 step process. It's a must for who is starting out and feels like the popular software is either too expensive or too overwhelming.

Cons

As you could probably expect Shotcut doesn't have some of the features of the higher end video editing software such as powerful color correction. Other than that I have no complaints. The software is really good and lightweight and even has a portable version.

Gerald Q. Gerald Q.
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • 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.

Alternatives Considered

Filmora

Switched From

Filmora

Reasons for Switching to Shotcut

I was looking at Filmora because I had used it in the past on someone else's computer. At the time I didn't have enough to buy Filmora and the free version wasn't going to allow me to finish the project I was working on. I came across Shotcut and decided to give it a try. I finished my project and many more. I keep telling myself that I'll upgrade when Shotcut can't do the job for me. Well that time hasn't come yet.
Cristhian josue J. Cristhian josue J.
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  • Industry: Design
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Shotcut, a lightweight and useful cross-platform video editor

Reviewed on 5/9/2021

Sometime I got to produce a visual series for an LP using this video editor, I was able to produce...

Sometime I got to produce a visual series for an LP using this video editor, I was able to produce something visually appealing, but on occasions, I was limited by the features and tools of this software, Shotcut saved me when my PC couldn't handle powerful video editors and allowed me to design something that my clients ended up loving.

Sometimes we don't need to invest much money to captivate our clients.

Pros

What I like about Shotcut is that it is free and very light, few video editors bet on a multiplatform network that permits us to continue our project on any operating system, and this is the most looking thing about this software.

If what you're looking for is a video editor that leaves you to work on any PC, this is the right one, because just as you can work on a low-specs Windows, you can work on a Mac of previous generations.

Cons

This video editor looks and works like an early version of any top video editor, if you miss windows movie maker, Shotcut is that limited and basic software that for some reason you're looking for.

The possibilities of making professional projects with this video editor are impossible, aspects like colorization or effects are so basic if not almost non-existent.

If you have the possibility to install a heavier video editor there are free alternatives that would be more useful.

Roshen D. Roshen D.
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  • Industry: Computer Games
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 6-12 months
  • Review Source

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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.

Alternatives Considered

Filmora

Switched From

Filmora

Reasons for Switching to Shotcut

Once I used Filmora I thought it was a great software since it was easy to use and it was efficient. But there was a watermark. I was open to paying a little bit of money if it allowed us to edit our videos well but we also didn't make that many videos so we didn't want to pay a lot of money. But 59.99 is a ridiculous price and we need editing for two computer so I wasn't going to break the bank for Filmora
Michael A. Michael A.
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  • Industry: Religious Institutions
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • 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 Version
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Shotcut is available for free.

Shotcut has the following typical customers:

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

Shotcut supports the following languages:

English

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Shotcut offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Chat

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