ShotCut 20.04.12


Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux. Major features include support for a wide range of formats; no import required meaning native timeline editing; Blackmagic Design support for input and preview monitoring; and resolution support to 4k.

Editing Features

  • Trimming on source clip player or timeline with ripple option
  • 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

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
  • Deinterlacing
  • Auto-rotate
  • 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:
  • 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, Blur, Brightness, Chroma Key: Advanced, Chroma Key: Simple, Contrast, Color Grading, Crop, Diffusion, Glow, Invert Colors, Key Spill: Advanced, Key Spill: Simple, Mirror, Old Film: Dust, Old Film: Grain, Old Film: Projector, Old Film: Scratches, Old Film: Technocolor, Opacity, Rotate, Rutt-Etra-Izer, Saturation, Sepia Tone, Sharpen, Size and Position, Stabilize, Text, Vignette, Wave, White Balance
  • Speed effect for audio/video clips

Hardware Support

  • Blackmagic Design SDI and HDMI for input and preview monitoring
  • Leap Motion for jog/shuttle control
  • Webcam capture
  • Audio capture to system audio card
  • Capture (record) SDI, HDMI, webcam (V4L2), JACK audio, PulseAudio, IP stream, X11 screen, and Windows DirectShow devices
  • Multi-core parallel image processing (when not using GPU and frame-dropping is disabled)
  • DeckLink SDI keyer output
  • OpenGL GPU-based image processing with 16-bit floating point linear per color component

What's new in Shotcut 20.04.12:

  • Added Properties > Speed > Pitch Compensation for automatic pitch correction for speed changes > 0.1x.
  • Added a Replace command to Timeline clip menu including blank regions with shortcut R.
  • Properties > Reverse now automatically replaces a selected clip on the timeline (or in Source player if using that).
  • Added 15 second handles when using Properties > Reverse on a timeline clip. Handles are extra footage before the in point or after the out point. This makes it easier to adjust edits or add transitions around reversed clips.
  • Added Properties > Duration > Timeline to show (not editable) the duration of a timeline clip.
  • Added a Corner Pin video filter (thanks to @sauron in the forum for the initial effort).
  • Added a Properties > Convert button to make Convert to Edit-friendly in the menu more convenient (kept in the menu for now because a number of support tips reference it).
  • Properties > Convert now automatically replaces respective clips in Source and Timeline and adds its clip to the Playlist.


  • Fixed = in Text: Simple filter ignores all text before the sign (broken in v20.02).
  • Fixed a crash when using some video filters with Preview Scaling and multiple video tracks:
  • Choppy
  • Rutt-Etra-Izer
  • Swirl
  • Text: 3D
  • Text: HTML
  • Fixed Offset X and Y parameters of Rotate and Scale filter with Preview Scaling.
  • Fixed video artifacts when using a video for a custom transition and Export > Parallel processing.
  • Fixed video artifacts when using the Distort video filter and Export > Parallel processing.
  • Fixed video artifacts when using the Rotate and Scale or Size and Position filters, multiple video tracks, and Export > Parallel processing.
  • Fixed missing code-signing entitlements for macOS that caused crashes when using the following (broken in v20.02):
  • Open Other > Audio/Video Device
  • HTML-based video filters:
  • Choppy
  • Crop: Circle
  • Crop: Rectangle
  • Rutt-Etra-Izer
  • Swirl
  • Text: 3D
  • Text: HTML
  • Fixed floating or docking some panels may crash on some Linux systems:
  • Filters
  • Keyframes
  • Timeline
  • Fixed changing the name of a track in Timeline when leaving the field without pressing Enter.
  • Fixed File > Export Frame exports uses Preview Scaling instead of project resolution.
  • Fixed switching between Cut and Dissolve in transition properties.
  • Fixed project not modified when changing transition properties.
  • Fixed pressing Enter in Filters search may open a playlist item.
  • Fixed a regression in JACK transport control (broken in v19.12).
  • Fixed a missing Timeline track Lock button animation when lock prevents something.
  • Fixed clips can be moved to locked timeline tracks (broken in v19.12).
  • Fixed treating paths with Windows drive letters as relative on macOS and Linux.
  • Fixed automatically relinking filters with HTML files (when app location changes or moving projects).
  • Fixed Undo followed by Redo after a Lift or Remove on a transition saves the transition as INVALID.
  • Fixed some filters than use external files broken when using network (UNC) paths on Windows:
  • LUT (3D)
  • Mask: From File
  • Text: HTML
  • Fixed Filters > Copy & Paste does not keep filter in and out points.
  • Fixed opening with a file from the command line on Linux snap or portable.
  • Fixed Export can overwrite a source when run from command line.
  • Fixed Keyframes previous/next buttons not using the parameter track to which they belong but rather the current track.
  • Fixed opening a playlist clip or a new clip breaks filters on Timeline > Master if it is selected.


  • Changed Export > Video > Parallel processing to default to OFF but also now it save the state between export jobs and app session.
  • Added support for FFmpeg sample_fmt option to Export > Other.
  • Automatically disable parallel processing on add-on bigsh0t (360) video filters.
  • Stop adding title="Anonymous Submission" to MLT XML.
  • Increased the priority of background jobs a little on macOS and Linux (still less than normal).
  • Added 448k to Export > Audio > Bitrate.
  • Added automatically scroll the Timeline when you double-clock a clip to select-and-seek.
  • Updated the mouse wheel behavior in Keyframes to match the changes to Timeline in version 20.02.
  • Added an option to place an icon on the Desktop to the Windows installer.
  • Add a cursor to the Audio Waveform scope.
  • Removed Export > Stream as it is not supportable in its current state.
  • Changed shortcuts C and Ctrl+C to work with the clip under the playhead of the current track if no clip is selected. This makes it behave similar to other editing shortcuts.
  • Changed the keyboard modifier for skim to Shift+Alt. This prevents Shift (previous modifier) when selecting multiple clips from changing playhead position.
  • NOTE: On macOS, in order to scroll Timeline or Keyframes horizontally with a mouse wheel (not Magic Mouse or track pad), you must also use one of the following:
  • Control
  • Control+Option
  • Control+Command
  • Option+Command
  • Changed the Matrix parameter of the Dither video filter to be a drop-down combo box without keyframes support.
  • Changed Alpha operation > Write On Clear to Overwrite on some video filters to make them more clear:
  • Mask: Simple Shape
  • Chroma Key: Advanced

Download: Shotcut 20.04.12 (32-bit) | Portable | ~100.0 MB (Open Source)
Download: Shotcut 20.04.12 (64-bit) | Portable
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