Flatpak App of the Week: Shotcut – Powerful and Versatile Video Editor


This week’s “Flatpak App of the Week” is Shotcut, a free, open-source, and cross-platform video editor that supports a wide range of video formats and has a lot of neat features.

Powered by the famous open-source multimedia framework FFmpeg and the Qt application framework, the Shotcut video editor lets you edit a wide range of video formats up to 4K resolutions and HDR, many audio formats up to 5.1 surround, as well as several popular image formats including WebP, SVG, TIFF, BMP, GIF, and others.

Some of Shotcut’s major features include frame-accurate seeking of many of the supported video formats, multi-format timeline to make it easier to mix and match resolutions and frame-rates within a project, built-in audio and video filters, audio mixing across all tracks, pitch compensation for video speed changes, deinterlacing, color correction and grading, and batch encoding with job control.

With Shotcut, you’ll be able to do anything you want to your video files. You can trim, cut, copy, paste, split, append, remove, insert, overwrite, lift, and replace video tracks, detach audio, sort playlists by name, creation, or recording date, and select multiple items in the playlist and the timeline.

All of your projects can be exported to MLT XML files, and the best part about Shotcut is that it works independently of the codecs available on your system, thanks to FFmpeg. And, because of that, you’ll also be able to transcode your files to a wide range of formats, which can be encoded with various popular codecs.

Shotcut even works with webcam and audio captures, and you can stream (encode to IP) files and any capture source. Capturing works from a variety of sources, including HDMI, SDI, JACK audio, PulseAudio, and IP stream.

Hardware related, Shotcut supports AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA hardware encoding, supports OpenGL GPU-based and multi-core parallel image processing, supports external monitoring via a Blackmagic Decklink card on an NTSC monitor, as well as on an additional monitor, and it also supports Leap Motion and Contour Design Shuttle PRO for jog/shuttle control.

I think Shotcut is a very powerful video editor, and if Kdenlive is not enough for your needs, you can give it a try right now by installing it as a Flatpak app from the Flathub repository or via the Plasma Discover or GNOME Software package managers if you already have Flatpak support installed on your GNU/Linux distribution.

Shotcut even works on macOS and Windows platforms, and you can find out more about it on the official website, where you can also download it as an AppImage or a pre-compiled Linux binary if you don’t want to install the Flatpak. Of course, the source code is available on GitHub.

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