Overview, Comparison, & Features
Shotcut is a free and open-source cross-platform video editing solution for macOS, Windows, and Linux. It is an on-premise video editing software that helps the users edit videos, and add effects with webcam, screen and audio captures.
First lets understand what to expect from this software in a general overview.
- · Wide format support
- . Video effect
- . Audio features
- . Editing features
- . Cross platform & codec independent
- . Display monitoring
- . Hardware support
Wide Format Support
Shotcut support not only the latest wide range of audio format but also has a wide range of video format such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, SVG, TGA, TIFF, WebP as well as an image sequence. It doesn’t require any import; just you need a native timeline editing. Its webcam and audio capture support up to 4k resolution with network stream playbacks such as HTTP, HLS, RTMP, MMS, and UDP.
With streamlined tone mapping HDR to SDR, it also exports single frame as image or video as an image sequence and EDL (CMX3600 Edit Decision List).
Shotcut provides not only a wide audio scope including loudness, peak meter, waveform, and spectrum analyzer, but also has wide audio filters such as Balance, Bass & Treble, Band Pass, Compressor, Copy Channel, Delay, Downmix, Expander, Gain, High Pass, Invert, Limiter, Low Pass, Noise Gate, Normalize One Pass & Normalize Two Pass, Notch, Pan, Pitch, Reverb and Swap Channels. Shotcut has a powerful feature of easy-to-use fader controls with fade-in & out the audio and from and to black fade video. Its cross-face audio & video dissolve transitions easily by overlapping shots on the same track of the timeline.
Cross-platform & Codec Independent
Shotcut supports all types of desktop devices such as Windows, macOS, and even Linux. It Codec independent does not rely on system codecs and allows it to run as a portable app from an external drive. It manages to encode & transcode in a variety of formats and codecs with a video quality measurement og="f" PSNR and SSIM.
Display and monitoring
This has a powerful feature of external monitoring via Blackmagic Decklink card on NTSC monitor with extra system display/monitor. It also has interesting features such as thumbnail and waveform catching between sessions, On-screen grid & safe areas with snapping, flexible UI through dock-able panels, and allow to save & switch between multiple UI layouts. It not only gives a preview of low resolution through preview scaling to improve the speed of real-time effects but also gives zoom in players that fit in the viewable area in 10%, 25%, 50%, original(100%), and 200%.
In Shotcut, you can 3 ways to color wheels for color correction and grading such as shadows, mids, and highlights and composting a video across the video track. It allows you to deinterlace the video by converting interlaced video into a non-interlaced or progressive form. fine-speedy effect for audio and video clips, if you have chosen a suitable motion from the control panel such as slow-motion, default, and faster motion. Just like the Audio effect, the video effect also has a powerful feature of easy-to-use fader controls with fade-in & out the audio and from and to black fade video on the timeline. With a 360-degree video filter, you can perform equirectangular mask 360 to rectilinear 360, hemispherical to equirectangular, and more.
This solution is an OpenGL GPU-based image processing with 16-bit floating-point linear per color component that can be used on AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA for Blackmagic that design SDI and HDMI for input and preview monitoring and provides multi-core parallel images processing when you are not using GPU and frame-dropping.
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