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Shotcut Video Editing


Shotcut is an open source video playback and editing application that is available on MacOS, Windows and Linux. With the deprecation of Windows Movie Maker, the Carver Center now recommends using Shotcut on the Windows.

Download and Installation

Go to Click the "Click to Download" link and select the operating system of your computer.
Note: For Windows users, typically you will be using the 64-bit installer. To determine what your OS is, follow the instructions here: Check Windows Version

MacOS: Drag the to the Applications folder. Windows: Open Shotcut-win64-171002.exe. Use the typical installation settings.



Windows: To open the application, find Shotcut in the Start Menu and open the application. MacOS: Open the Applications folder and run When Shotcut is first opened, it looks and acts like a simple media playing application. To add your video, simply go to File --> Open and select the video clip that you want to add.
In playback mode there are several handy shortcuts to know.
L - begins playback; click L again to increase speed
K - pause playback
J - begins backwards playback; click J again to increase speed
The interface has a variety of panels that can be opened or hidden.
  1. The Properties pane gives detailed information about the currently opened video file.
  2. The Recent pane gives a list of the most recently opened files.
  3. The Timeline is the main editing pane. You will drag video and/or audio clips to the timeline for further editing.
  1. The Playlist pane is where you can organize your clips. Simply drag and drop files to the Playlist or use the buttons at the bottom. a. Add a clip to the Playlist b. Remove a clip from the Playlist c. Change the layout of the Playlist to detailed, titled or icons.


Saving in Shotcut, by default, does not save changes to your video files. It simply saves your current save points, editing, and progress as an .mlt file. These files cannot be uploaded.



  1. With your video open, drag it to your timeline.
  1. You will see a new track created and be able to see your video and audio tracks.
  2. The easiest way to edit your clip is to find the part(s) you would like to remove.
  3. Place the Playhead at the beginning of the portion to be removed.
  4. Click on the Split Clip At Playhead button (or click the S key).
  1. Place the Playhead at the end of the portion to be removed.
  2. Click on the Split Clip At Playhead button (or click the S key).
  3. Next, with the clip for deletion selected, click the X key to perform a Ripple delete. This deletes the unwanted video footage and moves remaining footage to the left so you have a single clip.


When you have completed your video editing, it is time to export the footage so that you can upload it.

  1. Click on the Export button.
  2. In the export window, select MPEG-4 from the preset window.
  1. Make sure the following settings are set on the Video Tab:

    From: Timeline
    Format: mp4
    Video: 1920 x 1080 (or whatever default resolution of camcorder is)
    Aspect Ratio: 16 x 9
    Frames/sec: 25.000
    Scan Mode: Progressive
  1. Make sure the following settings are set on the Codec Tab.

From: Timeline Format: mp4 Codec: mpeg4 Rate Control: Average Bitrate Bitrate: 1M b/s

  1. Click Export File.

When your file is complete it will be ready for uploading.  

Last Updated: 1/24/18