Shotcut 21: Specs
Minimum system requirements:
PC: Windows 7 (64-bit)
Mac: MacOS 10.10
Linux: glibc 2.27 (64-bit)
Memory: 4GB of RAM for SD, 8GB for HD, and 16GB for 4K video production.
Graphics: Compatible with OpenGL 2.0. On Windows, you can also use a card with DirectX 9 or 11 drivers.
Shotcut is a completely free, full-featured, open source video editing program that deserves respect.
It’s marketed as a consumer/prosumer oriented intuitive app that gets the job done with minimal interface complexity, and for the most part, it succeeds.
Basic features like importing video, keyframing on a timeline, cutting and splicing, and adding transitions, titles, and effects, are all accomplished in just a few clicks with plenty of drag and drop for good measure.
Unlike some other free packages, like our current fave HitFilm Express 15, Shotcut works even with lower-end computers, making it one of the best free video editing software programs around. If you’re an amateur-slash-prosumer videographer with a mid-level Mac, Windows, or Linux system, and do not need a whole lot of bells and whistles or hand holding to accomplish your goals, Shotcut may be a good match for you.
We’ve spent some time with Shotcut 21, the most recent version, so we can outline what we like and don’t like about it. Read on for our full Shotcut review.
Shotcut 21 review: Interface
While it’s not as intuitive as Hitfilm or iMovie, anyone who is even vaguely familiar with non-linear video editing should be able to get the hang of Shotcut pretty quickly. It’s easy to learn, but most novices are not going to just jump right into the program and immediately find their way around. Watching an instructional video or two will go a long way in getting new users accustomed to this software’s conventions. Hover your mouse over a tool to reveal (albeit in tiny print), its function.
The default layout is sparse and a bit text heavy, but you can use the top menu to switch out different workspaces — or create a custom one — that will make the program more comfortable. All panels are dockable — you can open and close panels at will or separate them from the application frame to focus on a single aspect of your project. You can also switch background colors from dark, light, and system, plus the app supports external monitors.
The app lets you create multiple tracks for audio and video, while conveniently located tools let you stitch it all together in any way you’d like by easily splitting, trimming, and snapping clips together. A history timeline makes it easy to keep track of everything you have done to your footage while an audio meter lets you monitor your levels.
Because Shotcut is open-source, there are a few weird things that Mac and Windows users may take some time getting used to – such as buttons that…