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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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New Release 15.03 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:00:00 +0000
Version 15.03 of Shotcut is now available for download with the following changes and enhancements.

  • Add Update button to Playlist panel.
  • Double-clicking a successfully completed Encode job, now opens the result in Shotcut.
  • Consolidate GPU and Video filters in Filter menu.
  • Add View > Scopes > Audio Waveform.
  • Move audio peak meter to View > Scopes > Audio Peak Meter and main toolbar button. 
  • Move volume slider to player toolbar icon.

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New release 15.02 Sun, 01 Feb 2015 21:13:00 +0000
Version 15.02 Shotcut is now available for download with the following enhancements.
  • x265 logo
    Add x265 codec.
    Based on the same principles and code as the esteemed x264 project, x265 provides a solution for the emerging H.265/MPEG High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard.
    UDPATE: There is also a new Encode preset named "HEVC Main Profile."
     
  • Add video quality measurement tool.
    Upon successful completion of an encoding job, access the job's menu by right-clicking it in the job list or by selecting it and using the menu button at the bottom of the Jobs panel. Then, choose Measure Video Quality. A file dialog opens for you to enter the name of a text file to contain a report containing PSNR and SSIM values for each video frame. When the measure job completes successfully, open its menu in the same manner to view the report or to open an original-on-top/encoded-on-bottom view in the player.
    screenshot showing video quality comparison in the player
  • No longer auto-plays upon opening a playlist and multitrack project.
  • Auto-select all text upon giving a timecode field focus. See the Keyboard Shortcuts page for info about entering time values.

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New Release 14.12 Sat, 06 Dec 2014 19:58:00 +0000
In addition to little fixes here and there, this version has a new filter menu to prevent the menus from getting too full as we add more.

Now, you can flag filters as favorites. The default list upon opening the menu is your favorites. Click the other icons to view all filters of that type. In addition, when GPU processing is enabled, you can use CPU-based video filters in addition to the GPU filters. We only show the CPU filters that are not redundant with their GPU counterpart. We only allow you to place CPU video filters after all GPU filters, but you can still reorder within those groups. This is done mainly for performance reasons - to prevent the video from having to go back and forth between CPU and GPU memory.

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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.

Quickstart

  • 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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