Basic video editing with Shotcut


Shotcut is an open-source, cross-platform, non-linear video editor written in Qt. For smaller jobs, it might be a good enough alternative to commercial applications like Corel VideoStudio Pro.


Any way to put Windows to sleep after Shotcut is done exporting?

How to save changes made to the Export section?

Click on the + sign in the Export window on the left hand-side.

HOW How to speed up export?

"When it comes to Export settings, the biggest factors are: Deinterlacer (if used), Interpolation, Parallel processing, and Video Codec." (source)

How to reduce the size of the output file?

Even using Deinterlacer=One Field and Interpolation=Nearest Neighbor, a 12m30s video turns into a 177MB file, ie. a 90mn movie would be 1,327MB!

Added Rate Control=Average Bitrate and Bitrate=1M: 120MB; Bitrate=512KB: 73MB (90mn movie = 547MB)

HOW The left/right/home/end arrows don't work to navigate in the Timeline

HOW L doesn't work to go forward in Player

J works for rewind, but L only plays the video in the player, ie. L = space

DONE After stopping in the Player, O doesn't select the current position as Out position

Must click again on Source tab.


After adding multiple parts in the Playlist, how to export/encode only one of them?

Right-clicking displays no Export option, only Goto, Insert Cut, Open as Clip, Remove.

Select the item in the Playlist, click on Export, and set the From field to "Playlist".

What are the ways Shotcut can export a video?

After opening the Export section, it's set through the From field: Timeline, Playlist, Each Playlist Item, Theme.

How to cancel a selection in the player (source video)?

There's no way to cancel a selection: At best, you can drag the In and Out points to the very beginning and end of the clip in the Player.

What are the Seek Next/Previous Edit keyboard shortcuts?

Seek Next/Previous Edit: Alt+Left/Right

Those shortcurts are used to move the playhead to the previous or next cut point in the timeline.

How to save current project?

File > Save.

How to move around footage in player?

Next/Previous Frame: Right/Left arrow


How to move frame by frame, and keyframe to keyframe?

Shotcut seems unable to move frame by frame: The smallest increment is by 1/100th of a second.

Use the industry standard shortcuts: J, K, L

To move one bit left or right, hold down K, and use either J or L. You can also use the left and right arrow keys.

To move by one second, use the Page Up/Down keys, which can be complemented with either Shift (two seconds), Ctrl (5 seconds), or Shift+Ctrl (10 seconds).

How to select part of the source video?

Besides the mouse, you can use the I (input, ie. start) and O (output, ie. end) keyboard keys.

You can then add the sub-clip ("cut") into the Playlist ("bin") by clicking on the Playlist icon, and clicking on the green + sign. When you're done, clicking on Export will re-encode the list of clips in the Playlist into a single file, ie. there's no need to paste them into a timeline at the bottom of the application if you don't need extras like transitions or additional tracks.

How to turn off audio when navigating in the video?

Settings > Uncheck "Scrub Audio"

How to move between the source video and the timeline?

Click on the Source or the Project tab. Esc is the keyboard shortcut.

It's too dark!

Theme > System

Add transitions between segments

In the timeline, drag and drop the last segment over the previous segment.

Add slides/pictures

File > Open, and drag and drop a picture from Playlist into Timeline.

Next, if you want to increase/reduce the time a slide is shown, you must drag and drop the red, vertical line between the two cuts to add/remove the space between them.

How to add text/titles?

How to slice without re-encoding?

Shotcut doesn't do support this. Use AviDemux.

How to display frame number in footage?

As of 18.01.02, it's not possible.

How to increase/reduce size of scrubber line?

As of 18.01.02, it's not possible.


File : List most recent files


Clip, track, playhead

Trim clip in (I) vs. Ripple trim clip in (Shift+I)?


Getting Started

Mulitrack Timeline Basics

Normalize and Stabilize Filters

Cross-fades and Transitions

Using HTML5

Track Filters

Mute and Detach Audio

Film Restoration

Recording a Voice Over


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