CNET Editors' review
Shotcut is a free, open-source video editor and encoder that can handle a wide range of media formats. It has many user-friendly features; for example, it doesn't notify you of its frequent (almost daily) updates: You simply download an updated version of the program when you want to. It's compatible with JACK Audio and Melted Server technology, and it even offers an experimental GPU Processing feature. Shotcut can test MLT XML files, too. Several language options are available, and users can create and share new translations. The project's Web site also offers a forum, FAQs, and other resources. Recent updates include several filters and playlist thumbnails. We ran Shotcut in 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium SP1.
Shotcut's user interface is busy but well laid out, with the efficiency and refinement often seen in open-source tools that are vetted by many hands. The program's Quick Start Guide opened inside the preview pane. Shotcut's View menu let us control which features and displays appear on the screen; for instance, closing the Filters, Properties, and Encoder panels left a much larger video window and a much more streamlined layout. We mentioned Shotcut's nice touches, and the Quick Start Guide describes another, the ability to control video playback speed, direction, input, and other features by tapping various keys. You can drag and drop files into Shotcut, but we clicked Open File and browsed to an FLV file saved from YouTube. Shotcut played our video with counter and timeline markings delineated in tenths of a second. Basic editing with Shotcut is much like most similar tools: Place markers at the start and end of the section you want to cut, copy, or edit. Shotcut removes the video and timer sections on either side of the markers, leaving you with a clear visual indicator of your clip's size and content.
That's just a sample of Shotcut's impressive capabilities. It also offers cross-platform converting between a wide range of audio and video types (images, too), as well as configurable deinterlacing, interpolation, and scanning and automatic, non-broadcast, and custom video modes. Before you buy a video editing package, definitely download Shotcut.
Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor. It supports oodles of audio and video formats, image formats such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, SVG, TGA, TIFF as well as image sequences.
Some of its features include that it does not require any import it has native editing, it can seek accurate frames for many formats, can multi-format timeline, JACK transport sync, deinterlacing, detailed media properties panel, 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 signal level meter, volume control, scrubbing and transport control, flexible UI through dock-able panels, encode/transcode to a variety of formats and codecs, stream (encode to IP) files and any capture source, batch encoding with job control, 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, multi-core parallel image processing when not using GPU (and frame-dropping is disabled), video filters, 3-way (shadows, mids, highlights) color wheels for color correction and grading, eye dropper tool to pick neutral color for white balancing, and translation to Spanish, French, Czech, and German.
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"Waste of time"
Version: Shotcut 13.07.10
Doesn't look anything like the reviewed app. Doesn't do anything other than play a file.
Don't waste your time
"No thank you."
Version: Shotcut 13.07.10
It didn't waste too much of my time.
The panel where it's supposed to show your video just displays a white rectangle. You can't bring in multiple video files to edit together and you can't export your video when you're done editing.
Looks nothing like the screenshot. I have no idea why Dan Russell gave this such a high score. I agree with skaizun. This is crap.
"Huge file; did nothing!"
Version: Shotcut 13.04.09
None. It opened my file and played the audio. That's it.
Per the "Pros", I could hear it, but couldn't see it, much less edit it (FWIW, I have Win Vista SP2, which, according to the Cnet download page for Shotcut, should work with my operating system). Worse, whatever I did via its menus, it would leave an after-image, which needed its window to be minimized and then re-displayed to "clear" it. Nothing like the beautiful screen shot in its Cnet download page.
145 megabytes to do little more than play audio, and sloppily at that? Pass.
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