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Video editing applications are not as much of exclusive bit that they used to be back in the 1990s. Now even Windows has a basic video editor included. But if youメre into video editing a bit deeper than that (making your own video blog or amateur movie), youメll need more features. Shotcut is an open source video editing software, supported by enthusiasts. Functionality 4.5/5 When you edit videos, you need to combine the right fragments with the right transition effects at the right time, to apply some color correction the right way at the right time, to add subtitles and soundtrack and to convert them to the right format. All that is possible with Shotcut.This digital studio allows you to import several video files at a time, and itメs okay if they have different resolution, This digital studio allows you to import several video files at a time, and itメs okay if they have different resolution, frame rate, audio bitrate, or format. So you can cut, copy, move and combine them any way you like, with frame-accurate seeking. Transition effects are included, and you can download mor
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Shotcut review

Video editing applications are not as much of exclusive bit that they used to be back in the 1990s. Now even Windows has a basic video editor included. But if youメre into video editing a bit deeper than that (making your own video blog or amateur movie), youメll need more features.

Shotcut is an open source video editing software, supported by enthusiasts.

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Functionality 4.5/5

When you edit videos, you need to combine the right fragments with the right transition effects at the right time, to apply some color correction the right way at the right time, to add subtitles and soundtrack and to convert them to the right format. All that is possible with Shotcut.This digital studio allows you to import several video files at a time, and itメs okay if they have different resolution,

This digital studio allows you to import several video files at a time, and itメs okay if they have different resolution, frame rate, audio bitrate, or format. So you can cut, copy, move and combine them any way you like, with frame-accurate seeking. Transition effects are included, and you can download more effects from shotcut.org.

You can use prerecorded video or capture it from cameras directly to Shotcut.

The software also supports MLT XML projects. You can open them in Shotcut, play, edit or insert into new projects. All it leaves uncovered is professional (or nearly that) audio editing. The developers recommend you use Audacity, an open source audio editor. The files edited with Audacity are fully compatible with Shotcut.

Design 3.5/5

Not as minimal as VirtualDub, the unwritten golden standard of free video editors, itメs not as picturesque as Sony Vegas or other professional software. The main window is meant for videos you can watch at the opening and select the positions to start and end your selections. Ann the commands are available in dropout menus or by the right clock.

In default project mode video tracks are hidden below, but you can minimize the preview window by dragging the border up. Most design issues can be fixed by just knowing the trick, so read the FAQ on shotcut.org.

Usability 3.5/5

The developers admit that the app is not as functional and does not work that smooth as they intend, but they update it constantly, fix the bugs and add new features. What for its interface, it seems rather easy and comfortable for work, especially if you take your time to learn shortcuts and hotkeys.

The app's interface is translated into many languages (as it usually happens with demanded open source software).

Cross-platform use 5/5

Like many open-source projects, Shotcut is available for Windows, OS X, Linux, and BSD. Though Windows users sometimes encounter bugs, the developers are fixing them constantly.

In-app purchases

As the app is open-source, it's completely free. The developers emphasize that itメs free for commercial use as well because it's distributed under the GPLv3 license.

Conclusion

Though the developers had no intention of making a multi-functional tool, they have made a part of the open-source multimedia complex. There are other tools recommended by developers that make a perfect company for Shotcut: Audacity for audio, Aegisub for subtitles. This self-compiled suite is a good and free option for video bloggers and social media reports. But it won’t be that good for those familiar with pro suites.

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Conclusion

A good one if you want all the tools for home video editing in one app, but if you intend to do the video editing as a pro, youメd better start with pro software.


Pros : Simple and multifunctional
Supports most video and audio formats
Completely free both for personal and business use
Available in many languages
Easy to master from the beginning

Cons : Lacks some functions (e.g., subtitle or audio editor)
Hard to relearn if you have used other software
Some bugs reported


Functionality 4.5

Design 3.5

Usability 3.5

Cross-platform use 5.0


Average : 4.1



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