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Version 15.10 re-released Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:13:00 +0000
We found a major regression with GPU processing in v15.10 release (15.10.01 in Help > About). Now, this is an experimental feature, but some people are using it or like to give it a try. Therefore, I just uploaded a new version 15.10.06 with no new features over .01.

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New Release 15.10 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 02:21:00 +0000
Version 15.10 is now available for download. This is a bugfix-only release - no new features. Except, there are new Dutch and Russian translations - thank you, asilnevs and rayanayar.

After the addition of new features such as insert/remove track and a major upgrade to libraries in recent releases, we just wanted to focus further on stabilization and bug-fixing. We have fixed some issues in regions that do not use a period as the decimal mark. Why only some? Well, we are not entirely confident we have reproduced all possible problems. However, we did find and fix a major bug in that area. In addition, when opening a project document, we added a function to look for a malformed project containing both periods and commas in some numeric values. Why only "some?" Because, with filters there are many possible values to locate. In addition, in this first pass on that function, we wanted to be conservative about how heavily we modify the document. Only some fixes are better than horribly mangling it into something useless, right? Thus, only edit timing and size/position rectangle values are repaired. Do not be frightened by this; your original project is not modified. First, you will receive a warning dialog including the option to not repair the project. Also, it makes and uses a copy of your project file with "Repaired" in the new name.

You will also find some fixes for long-standing problems such as:
  • audio waveforms not appearing correctly for long clips on the timeline,
  • drag-n-drop from Windows Explorer not working reliably,
  • animated GIFs loading as a still single image,
  • crashes opening a project containing a Text filter,
  • crashes using the draggable fade controls on the timeline, and
  • missing scroll bars around filter parameters.

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New Release 15.09 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 06:20:00 +0000
Version 15.09 is ready for download and aims to improve compatibility and stability on modern systems. This was primarily achieved by upgrading to Qt 5.5. This fixes compatibility issues on Linux systems with AMD graphics. It also introduces a DirectX display method option on Windows (when not using GPU processing) for systems with inadequate OpenGL. With that said, there are some caveats; notice we said "modern systems." The new version is 64-bit only for all operating systems. After all, 64-bit CPUs have been available for nearly 12 years. Also, the OS X version requires at least OS X 10.8. In addition:
  • Added Scrub Audio to Settings menu.
  • Added Display Method to Settings menu (Windows only).
  • Added Portugal Portuguese translation to Settings menu.
  • Added Mute audio filter.
  • Updated FFmpeg to v2.7.

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New Release 15.08 Tue, 11 Aug 2015 04:28:00 +0000
Well, what do you know? It turns out there is a v15.08 for download after all! It was delayed due to build infrastructure problems and travel. While we have been focusing lately on a major UI toolkit upgrade, I wanted to get some fixes out. In addition, there are some new things:
  • Added a Greek translation (thank you, firewalker).
  • Added a Ripple All Tracks option to the Timeline menu (default is off).
    In version 15.06, we changed insert and delete operations to ripple (move following clips) across all unlocked tracks. It turns out that enough new and casual users found that disorienting and did not realize there is track locking to control it. Therefore, we added a toggle option in the timeline menu (see button on timeline toolbar). More advanced users who want this behavior will have to turn it on.
  • 5 new audio dynamics filters (thank you, Lauren):
    • Compressor
    • Delay
    • Expander
    • Limiter
    • Reverb

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New Release 15.07 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000
Version 15.07 of Shotcut is now available for download. Here is a quick rundown on the new features and changes with details to follow:
4K logo
  • 4K UHD support
  • 5 new video filters:
    • Old Film: Dust
    • Old Film: Grain
    • Old Film: Projector
    • Old Film: Scratches
    • Old Film: Technocolor
  • 5 new audio filters:
    • Bass & Treble (3-band graphic equalizer)
    • Band Pass
    • High Pass
    • Low Pass
    • Notch
  • Added Insert Track and Remove Track
  • New default Encode settings produce a better quality H.264 MP4 file
  • Composite now defaults to on/enabled for new video tracks
Shotcut has been able to do 4K for a while now if you made a custom video mode or correctly use automatic mode. However, there were a few things we wanted to do before making it official. First, you really need to be using a 64-bit build, and we delivered that for Windows in the previous release. For this release, we added 4K video modes to the Settings menu and extended our support for Blackmagic Design 4K SDI & HDMI devices (tested output with Intensity Pro 4K).

The new audio and video filters were produced by two teenage daughters for a summer job/project! These old film video effects can be considered toy filters. The film grain effect does not try to emulate any real film stock, and the Technocolor filter does not try to faithfully reproduce the 20th century Technicolor processes. It merely intends to approximate the look. Therefore, our spelling with an 'o' is intentional to avoid any false claims and association with the trademark.
animated GIF of old film effects

Often, we get asked "how do I export?" To which we sometimes reply, "Encode > Encode File > enter a filename ending with .mp4" as beginners or casual users do not want to figure out a preset or custom settings to use. However, that did not always produce great results. The new default Encode settings are setup to produce a good - but not big - MP4 for any resolution and frame rate. This means it no longer defaults to using the filename extension to choose format and codecs. Previously, it would produce a 2 Mb/s average bitrate file, which did not look good for 1080 or higher. The new default uses a quality-based variable bitrate making it more convenient and easy to output for modern devices and Internet sharing.

Another frequently asked question is how to make a picture-in-picture or make a new video track use the alpha channel (transparency). It seems most people are using additional video tracks for overlay/compositing. Therefore, we decided to enable composite by default for additional video tracks. If you are not using the video track for that and do not like the decreased performance as a result, you can simply click that 'C' button in the track header to turn it off.

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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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