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New Release 15.06 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:57:00 +0000
Version 15.06 of Shotcut is now available for download. We are pleased to offer our first 64-bit version for Windows! As exciting as that may be, please keep in mind that it is new and therefore somewhat experimental.
  • Added Audio Spectrum analyzer.
    Audio Spectrum screen snapshot
  • Changed audio Gain filter to use dB and log scale.
  • Added a toggle button to Lock a track.
    Track Lock screen snapshot
  • Changed Insert and Ripple Delete to ripple across all unlocked tracks.
  • Changed keyboard shortcuts to adjust track height to Ctrl+- and Ctrl+=.
  • Added keyboard shortcuts to toggle track:
    • Mute - Ctrl+M
    • Hide - Ctrl+H
    • Lock - Ctrl+C

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Version 15.05 re-released Wed, 06 May 2015 23:21:00 +0000
We noticed a couple of major new bugs in versions 15.04 and 15.05.02 (according to the download filename and Help > About). Therefore, we made some quick fixes, which you can download now (15.05.06):

  • Fix frequent crashes with both Settings > GPU and Settings > Realtime turned off.
  • Fix the Timeline Split command producing incorrect results. If you saved a project with the faulty Split command in the short-lived v15.05.02, then the problems were also saved to the project, and there is no automatic fix for it. You should remove the problematic shots and recreate them.
  • On OS X, fix a crash when choosing Remove from the Timeline clip/blank context menu.
  • On OS X, fix the new keyboard shortcuts for selection control (select under play-head, move selection, deselect).

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New Release 15.05 Sat, 02 May 2015 16:17:00 +0000
Version 15.05 of Shotcut is now available for download. I want to welcome and thank a new developer on-board named Harald (metellius). I also want to mention and thank a developer named Brian (pez4brian) who has been helping out for more than a year now.
  • Add Distort option to Size and Position filter.
  • Add video Cut option to Transition Properties.
  • Code-sign Windows executable and installer.
  • In Timeline, operate on clip under the play head if nothing is selected.
  • New keyboard shortcuts for Timeline:
    • Select clip under play head: Ctrl+Space.
    • Move selection one item to the right/left: Ctrl+Right/Left.
    • Blanks can be selected to remove/ripple-delete: X or Shift+Del or Shift+Backspace.
    • Deselect everything: Ctrl+D.
    • Open As Clip: Enter/Return.

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    New Release 15.04 Thu, 02 Apr 2015 05:07:00 +0000
    Version 15.04 of Shotcut is now available for download. This is mainly a bug fix release, but there a few enhancements:
    • Added an audio tone generator (in File > Open > Other).
    • Now you can set a new default duration for audio or video fade filters.
    • The WebM VP9 encode preset enables multi-threaded encoding.

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    15.03 Release Video Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:46:00 +0000
    This video shows the changes made in version 15.03.

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    To install, simply extract the archive and run it. You can drag the Shotcut folder (app icon for OS X) to copy and move it wherever you want.

    Mac OS X Mountain Lion users: since the application is not signed, you need to control-click the app icon and choose Open from the context menu the first time you run it.

    Linux users will need to install the following dependencies from their distribution (the exact names may vary): libsdl, libexif, plus whatever LADSPA plugins you want.


    • You open files by drag-n-drop in addition to the usual menu and toolbar methods.
    • MLT XML files can be opened as a clip; so, you can use Shotcut to test your XML.
    • Tap J, K, L to control playback speed and direction. Tap J or L repeatedly to go faster.
    • Tap I or O to set the in and out points.
    • Press left or right cursor keys to step frame-by-frame.
    • Press page up or down to step 10 frames at-a-time.
    • Press alt+left or alt+right to jump between start, in, out, and end.
    • Right-click the video window to access its settings.
    • Version is based on date. You can choose to update whenever you like (new builds are available almost daily).

    Also, see our Video Tutorials.

    This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

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