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Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor for Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X Systems!!

Warning: Shotcut is currently in very early stage and active development. So do not expect a final product for now.  Binaries are regularly built and are available at , on the Download section.

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


    You open files by drag-n-drop in addition to the usual menu and toolbar methods.
    Tap J, K, L to control playback speed and direction. Tap J or L repeatedly to go faster.
    Tap I or O to set the in and out points.
    Press left or right cursor keys to step frame-by-frame.
    Press page up or down to step one second at-a-time.
    Press alt+left or alt+right to jump between start, in, out, and end.
    Version is based on date. You can choose to update whenever you like and keep multiple versions (new versions are available monthly).

Wide Format Support

    Support for the latest audio and video formats thanks to FFmpeg
    Supports popular image formats such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, SVG, TGA, TIFF, WebP as well as image sequences
    No import required - native timeline editing
    Frame-accurate seeking for many formats
    Multi-format timeline: mix and match resolutions and frame rates within a project
    Webcam capture
    Audio capture
    Support for 4K resolutions
    Network stream playback (HTTP, HLS, RTMP, RTSP, MMS, UDP)
    Frei0r video generator plugins (e.g. color bars and plasma)
    Color, text, noise, and counter generators
    EDL (CMX3600 Edit Decision List) export
    Export single frame as image or video as image sequence
    Videos files with alpha channel - both reading and writing

Audio Features

    Audio scopes: loudness, peak meter, waveform, spectrum analyzer
    Volume control
    Audio filters:
    Balance, Bass & Treble, Band Pass, Compressor, Copy Channel, Delay, Downmix, Expander, Gain, High Pass, Limiter, Low Pass, Normalize: One Pass, Normalize: Two Pass, Notch, Pan, Reverb, Swap Channels
    Audio mixing across all tracks
    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
    JACK transport sync
    Tone generator
    Stereo, mono, and 5.1 surround

Video Effects

    Video compositing across video tracks
    HTML5 (sans audio and video) as video source and filters
    3-way (shadows, mids, highlights) color wheels for color correction and grading
    Eye dropper tool to pick neutral color for white balancing
    Fade in/out audio and fade video from and to black with easy-to-use fader controls on timeline
    Video wipe transitions:
    bar, barn door, box, clock (radial), diagonal, iris, matrix, and custom gradient image
    Track compositing/blending modes:
    None, Over, Add, Saturate, Multiply, Screen, Overlay, Darken, Dodge, Burn, Hard Light, Soft Light, Difference, Exclusion, HSL Hue, HSL Saturation, HSL Color, HSL Luminosity.

    Video Filters:
    Alpha Channel: Adjust, Alpha Channel: View, Audio Dance Visualization, Audio Light Visualization, Audio Spectrum Visualization, Audio Waveform Visualization, Blur, Brightness, Chroma Hold, Chroma Key: Advanced, Chroma Key: Simple, Contrast, Color Grading, Crop, Distort, Glitch, Glow, Grid, Hue/Lightness/Saturation, Invert Colors, Key Spill: Advanced, Key Spill: Simple, Lens Correction, Levels, 3D LUT, Mask: Apply, Mask: From File, Mask: Simple Shape, Mirror, Mosaic, Old Film: Dust, Old Film: Grain, Old Film: Projector, Old Film: Scratches, Old Film: Technocolor, Opacity, RGB Shift, Rotate and Scale, Rutt-Etra-Izer, Saturation, Sepia Tone, Sharpen, Size and Position, Sketch, Spot Remover, Stabilize, Swirl, Text, Timer, Vignette, Unpremultiply Alpha, Wave, White Balance

    Speed effect for audio/video clips
    Reverse a clip
    Video scopes: Waveform and Histogram
    Title Templates for the Overlay HTML filter

Editing Features

    Trimming on source clip player or timeline with ripple option
    Easy-to-use cut, copy, and paste operations
    Append, insert, overwrite, lift, and ripple delete editing on the timeline
    3-point editing
    Hide, mute, and lock track controls
    Multitrack timeline with thumbnails and waveforms
    Unlimited undo and redo for playlist edits including a history view
    Create, play, edit, save, load, encode, and stream MLT XML projects (with auto-save)
    Save and load trimmed clip as MLT XML file
    Load and play complex MLT XML file as a clip
    Drag-n-drop files from file manager
    Scrubbing and transport control
    Keyframes for filter parameters
    Detach audio from video clip
    Presets for most filters and Export - both supplied and user-created
    Sort playlist by name or creation/recording date

Cross Platform & Codec Independent

    Cross platform support: available on Windows, Linux, and macOS)
    Codec independent so does not rely on system codecs
    Can run as a portable app from external drive
    UI translations: Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Gaelic, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Nepali, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Occitan, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Taiwanese, Turkish, Ukranian (not all 100%, but you can help
    Batch encoding with job control
    Encode/transcode to a variety of formats and codecs thanks to FFmpeg
    Stream (encode to IP) files and any capture source
    Video quality measurement (PSNR and SSIM)
    Perform integrity check of an audio/video file
    View detailed information about an audio/video file

Display and Monitoring

    External monitoring via Blackmagic Decklink card on NTSC monitor
    External monitoring on an extra system display/monitor
    UI themes/skins: native-OS look and custom dark and light
    Control video zoom in the player: fit viewable area (default), 10%, 25%, 50%, original (100%), and 200%
    Flexible UI through dock-able panels
    Detailed media properties panel
    Recent files panel with search
    Thumbnail and waveform caching between sessions
    Save and switch between multiple UI layouts.
    On-screen grid and safe areas with snapping.

Hardware Support

    Blackmagic Design SDI and HDMI for input and preview monitoring
    Leap Motion for jog/shuttle control
    Webcam capture
    Audio capture from system device (microphone, line in)
    Capture (record) SDI, HDMI, webcam (V4L2), JACK audio, PulseAudio, IP stream, and Windows DirectShow devices
    Multi-core parallel image processing (when not using GPU and frame-dropping is disabled)
    OpenGL GPU-based image processing with 16-bit floating point linear per color component
    AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA hardware encoding

Older versions are available for download here:
« Last Edit: May 22, 2019, 03:34:27 PM by Software Santa »


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