Shotcut

Open-source video editing tool for creative professionals

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Shotcut Overview

What is 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.

Shotcut Overview

Pricing

Starting from
N/A

Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Open Source
Value for money

Shotcut is available for free.


Shotcut Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States
Supported Languages
English

Media

Shotcut video playlist
Shotcut filters
Shotcut new project
Shotcut video Shotcut screenshot: Shotcut video playlist Shotcut screenshot: Shotcut filters Shotcut screenshot: Shotcut new project

Shotcut Reviews

Shotcut Reviews

Overall rating
4.5
/
5
Excellent
26

Very good
19

Average
3

Poor
0

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4.8
Features
4.3
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
3.9
94% recommended this app
Heather B.

Best Free Video Editor for the Beginner!

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!


Gerald Q.

Fantastic Free Open Source Video Editor

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.


Sashana B.

Great Video Editor!

Shotcut is a great video editor for anyone, especially persons who don't want to spend an arm and a leg on an editor. I would definitely recommend it.


Gean C.

Basic shotcut experience

My experience, even with a few months of use, was positive in some aspects, in others not so much. the software did not meet my needs in terms of effects, but in relation to simple editing, it is a basic and efficient editor.


Craige hardel -.

Awsome and well put togeether

I used it for a couple of course videos and it handled well especially on linux. Surprised at what we were able to get and actually completely most of our workload on time


Heather B.
Industry: Music
Company size: 201-500 Employees

Best Free Video Editor for the Beginner!

Used Other for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 1/5/2020
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Gerald Q.
Industry: Entertainment
Company size: Self Employed

Fantastic Free Open Source Video Editor

Used Weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 22/9/2019
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Sashana B.
Industry: Cosmetics
Company size: Self Employed

Great Video Editor!

Used Other for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 26/11/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Shotcut is a great video editor for anyone, especially persons who don't want to spend an arm and a leg on an editor. I would definitely recommend it.

Pros

This is a great video editor and it's free! I am a freelance makeup artist and I occasionally do tutorials on Instagram to promote my business. A friend of mine recommended I use Shotcut to edit my videos and I have not regretted taking her advice. Shotcut is a great video editor. It has all the basics for a video editor (cut, delete, overlay, text, zoom, etc.) and more. It has great features, a unique interface and definitely gets the job done to my satisfaction. I have not found myself spending any extra time editing than would normally be expected and only had a few hiccups. So, I would say it's pretty efficient.

Cons

Shotcut isn't the most user friendly video editor out there. While there are labels, I still found myself having to search thoroughly for the things I wanted to find and, at some points, I have had to consult Youtube videos for assistance. Also, the interface is really simple; simple to the point of looking bland, but this software definitely gets the job done. I would really love if there was a workable green screen option on Shotcut. This is a feature that I look for in video editors and while editing, I really missed it.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Gean C.
Industry: Environmental Services
Company size: Self Employed

Basic shotcut experience

Used Weekly for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 9/9/2020
Review Source: Capterra

My experience, even with a few months of use, was positive in some aspects, in others not so much. the software did not meet my needs in terms of effects, but in relation to simple editing, it is a basic and efficient editor.

Pros

First of all, what I liked most was the functionality to be able to edit videos for free, the software has many functions, and you can edit the videos in a good quality without being relatively simple.

Cons

the interface is not so self-explanatory, there should be information next to each function, although the software is simple, it should have more text sources, more possibilities of effects, the effects are very old even in the most current version of the software. in relation to my business, the software failed to serve me in some aspects.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 6.0/10

Craige hardel -.
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Awsome and well put togeether

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 18/10/2020
Review Source: Capterra

I used it for a couple of course videos and it handled well especially on linux. Surprised at what we were able to get and actually completely most of our workload on time

Pros

It's functional and does most of what you'd want from an editor. Cross platform as well

Cons

lack greenscreen functionality. Struggled with slightly more advanced edits

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

User recommendation
8.6/10
Based on 48 user ratings
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Shotcut Pricing

Shotcut Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Free Trial
Free
Open Source
Value for money

Shotcut is available for free.

Shotcut is available for free.

Value for Money
4.8/5
Based on 48 user ratings
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Shotcut Features

Shotcut Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Automatic Notifications
Content Management
Customisable Branding
Customisable Templates
Data Import/Export
Drag & Drop Interface
Electronic Payments
Inventory Management
Order Management
Product Catalogue
Reporting & Statistics
SEO Management
Search Functionality
Social Media Integration
Template Management
Third Party Integration
Website Management
eCommerce Management
Features
4.3/5
Based on 48 user ratings
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Shotcut FAQs

Shotcut FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Shotcut.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Shotcut offer?

Shotcut offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Free, Open Source

Free Trial: Not Available

Shotcut is available for free.

Q. What are the main features of Shotcut?

We do not have any information about Shotcut features

Q. Who are the typical users of Shotcut?

Shotcut has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Shotcut support?

Shotcut supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Shotcut offer?

Shotcut has the following pricing plans:

Free, Open Source

Q. Does Shotcut support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Shotcut supports

Q. What other apps does Shotcut integrate with?

We do not have any information about what integrations Shotcut has

Q. What level of support does Shotcut offer?

Shotcut offers the following support options:

Online Support, Forum, Knowledge Base, Video Tutorials