Shotcut 20.10.31


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 20.10.31:

  • Added Invert (reverse polarity) audio filter.
  • Added showing the job progress in Windows taskbar button. (thanks @lolametro!)
  • Added converting Text: HTML filters to Text: Rich.
  • This does not retain full fidelity, but hopefully it retains the text.
  • Added using the H.264 hardware encoder if HEVC not available when Proxy > Use Hardware Encoder is on.
  • Added Scroll to Playhead on Zoom option to Timeline menu.
  • Added ability to change position in Size, Position & Rotate by dragging anywhere inside the rectangle while also holding Shift.
  • Added rectangle VUI help tips for various video filters.
  • Added Size, Position & Rotate > Zoom now works in any Size mode!
  • Added Scroll to Playhead on Zoom to Keyframes menu!
  • Added keyboard shortcut for Center the Playhead: Ctrl+Shift+P.
  • Added keyboard shortcut for Scroll to Playhead on Zoom: Ctrl+Alt+P.
  • Added keyboard shortcut for rich text editor Paste Text Only: Ctr+Shift+V
  • Added common preset resolutions and aspect ratios to the Add Custom Video Mode dialog.


  • Improved Text: Rich filter export on Windows and Linux when display scale is fractional (e.g. 150%).

  • Improved the performance of the Fade In Video, Fade Out Video, and Brightness filters on multicore systems.

  • Improved image quality when using Size, Position & Rotate.

  • Changed Export > Codec > Dual pass to not write a video file for the first pass.


  • Fixed time rulers hiding on vertical scroll in Timeline and Keyframes (regression in v20.09).
  • Fixed Crop: Rectangle > Corner radius not exactly the same as in version 20.07 (regression in v20.09).
  • Fixed a compatibility issue for some systems by downgrading FFmpeg to version 4.2 (regression in v20.09).
  • Improved the Timeline scrolling speed and smoothness (regression in v20.09).
  • Fixed Blur: Pad incorrect after splitting clip.
  • Fixed moving the cursor in filter fields may move playhead.
  • Fixed Filters allowed pasting filters when nothing selected.
  • Fixed saving projects to Dropbox on Windows leaves temporary files.
  • Fixed saving the current stock layout when switching to a custom layout.
  • Fixed progress dialog appears over the convert variable frame rate dialog when dragging to Timeline.
  • Fixed dropping file with comma in its name to Timeline.
  • Fixed delete keyframe button in Keyframes may remove keyframe for another parameter.
  • Fixed convert dialog for variable frame rate never appears if dragged directly to non-empty playlist or timeline.

Download: Shotcut 20.09.27 (32-bit) | Portable | ~100.0 MB (Open Source)
Download: Shotcut 20.10.31 (64-bit) | Portable
View: Shotcut Home Page | Other Operating Systems

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