An excellent choice for anyone who’s just starting out with video editing, although it isn’t as advanced as something like Adobe Premiere Pro which has a lot more effects and way better color grading. But this is about as good as it gets if you’re looking for a video editing software that’s free, open-source, and cross-platform. No annoying watermarks on your finished projects and it support dozens of popular codecs + video/ audio formats. Shotcut is still receiving updates, and the last one arrived in February of this year. This new update introduced a low-resolution preview scaling system which should improve performance on most hardware, and it also includes new transition effects along with an audio pitch filter (as well as various bug fixes).
I highly recommend this program to people with low to mid-range PCs who are starting gaming channels on Youtube. You can use it to quickly whip up a highlight montage, or gameplay commentary video. It is incredibly powerful for free editing software, supports a ton of resolutions and export formats, and you can capture from SDI, HDMI, webcam, IP stream, etc. While the interface isn’t as intuitive as professional video editing programs, it is still pretty easy to navigate. You’ve got a modular design in which panels can be easily docked and undocked depending on your preferences. Media properties are displayed in a comprehensive manner, the recent files function is pretty neat, you get a thumbnail view for the playlist, and much more. Assets can be quickly added to your work area via drag & drop, and you don’t have to import stuff since Shotcut supports native editing.
Shotcut lacks certain screen transitions and effects that you’ll find in more advanced programs, and it still can’t edit 8K footage (not that it matters for small scale editors). Documentation is somewhat scarce, although you’ll easily find video tutorials for Shotcut. You also miss out on features like motion tracking, 360-degree VR, and there’s no Multicam tool to easily swap between camera angles. But most of these features are intended for professional editors and owners of larger Youtube channels. You do get a bunch of output options though- Apple ProRes, HDV, Flash, H.264, OGG Vorbis, WebM, WMV, etc. Also. managing 4k footage is easy because it supports excellent compression through H.265 export.