Shotcut boasts of not only being free but also open source and cross-platform making it available for use on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It supports a pretty wide range of video and audio formats making it ideal for video editing even when you are dealing with resolutions up to 4K.
Shotcut provides you with the native timeline editing ridding you of the need to import files. At the same time, you will get to enjoy a lot of video effects, control the speed, reverse clips, transitions, and even video scopes. When it comes to editing, you are able to trim, cut, join, copy, paste, scrub among other actions. Talking about trimming, Shotcut provides this both in the source clip and also in the timeline when you add it. The user interface is very instinctive and brings you the ultimate flexibility that allows you to arrange the interface as you prefer. By featuring the much-coveted drag-and-drop feature, you will be able to perform tasks efficiently besides the various presets that you can take advantage of when applying filters.
On top of that, you have the chance to edit items on the timeline in bulk thanks to the option to multi-select assets. Better yet, Shotcut is multilingual in nature and hence can be localized to one of the many supported languages. It is also able to check the integrity of the media files you add to make sure there are no hitches at all in the editing and rendering process. This article goes a mile extra to bring you the guide below so that you are to get started with Shotcut without much hassle.
How to Edit Video With Shotcut
By being codec independent, this video editing software does not have any dependencies at all and thus you need not hassle to go through other installations to get things working. Therefore, all you need is to have your media assets ready and you will be set on a path to edit your videos with the ultimate convenience. Getting started with Shotcut should not take ages as it is a minimalistic app that is less than 100MB in size. Once up and running, you just need to pick where to save your project, give it a preferred name, choose a video mode, and then start the video editing process. Let us now look at how to use Shotcut.
Importing Media Assets and Trimming
For anyone coming across Shotcut for the first time, you may be stranded when it comes to importing media files since the interface can be intimidating for the first time. To get you past this step easily, simply hit the “Playlist” icon labeled 1 located at the top ribbon in order to open the relevant window labeled 3. Next up, you can opt to use the native method of adding files using the icon labeled 2 or conveniently drag and drop the media files into the area indicated with the text. Any file you add will be auto-played in the preview window at the center of the interface. In the instance you want to trim the assets here, you can simply move the trimmers labeled 4 and 5 to the position you want.
Add Tracks to the Timeline and Add Media
By default, Shotcut will not have any ready tracks for you on the timeline which means you have to add them on your own. For this to happen, you need to click on the icon shown below in order to access the necessary options for the success of this step.
This will open the menu below where you will be able to add an audio track with the first option and a video track using the second option as shown below. Clicking on any of these options will immediately add the relevant track below the button you clicked.
Below, Labels 1 and 2 sit on the video and audio tracks respectively. And once the tracks are added, simply drag and drop the video and audio into the timeline as shown by Labels 3 and 4.
Splitting a Video
Shotcut makes this task very easy as you just need to move the play head shown by Label 1 to your preferred position on the timeline and then hit the hotkey “S” or alternatively hit the “Split At Playhead” icon shown by Label 2. This will divide the clip into two parts.
Add a Transition at the Split Point
Instead of leaving the split point just like that, it is prudent to insert a transition so as to spice up the viewer experience. You just need to drag one clip over the other so that they just overlap slightly and as a result, a transition box will appear as shown by Label 1. At the same time, the properties window labeled 2 will also be displayed automatically so that you can pick your preferred transition for the video under Label 3. You can refine the transition parameters further after you have selected the one you need. At the same time, you can transition audio, in the same way, using the crossfade feature.
Adding Effects Using Shotcut
Even after you have transitioned your clips, adding appropriate effects will go a long way to make the video pretty outstanding. Accomplishing this with Shotcut is very easy to do as you will realize in a few. First, click on the clip you wish to apply a filter to. Navigate to the ribbon at the top, click on the “Filters” icon labeled 1 and when the relevant interface is open below that, hit the plus icon labeled 2 so that you can choose the filter you want. These include blur, crop, flip, glitch, lens correction, mask, mirror, mosaic, LUT, opacity, denoise, rotate, scale, text among other options. Actually, this section carries most of the features you may be looking for.
Adjust the Video Playback Speed
If you are looking for that sleek slow-motion playback or even speed up a certain section of a video, this video editing program is ready to give you exactly that. All you need to do is click on the specific clip you wish to adjust the speed as shown by Label 1. After that, head over to the top ribbon and click on the “Properties” option, and in the resulting window down below, adjust the speed to your preference under Label 3 and compensate on the pitch too if the need arises with the option included.
By exploring all these features covered here, you will be able to get the most out of your video editing process using this awesome software. As much as it may have seemed intimidating at first, you can concur with me that once you are familiar with the working of this program, kicking the ball out of the park is in no way a hassle at all. Once you are satisfied with all the changes, you just need to export the project in order to have a final video that you can share with the target audience or to the preferred platform.
With a large community behind it, Shotcut gets better and better with each new update and this means that the user gets to enjoy a wholesome process of editing videos. Better yet, the software is free for download and this makes it a good alternative to those powerful paid apps that most of us are not able to obtain. Just grab this piece of software, turn your clips into masterpieces and ultimately bring out the creative and professional in you.