We’re often critical of app names, usually because they’re silly. But Shotcut has a different problem: when you Google it, the search engine automatically corrects it to shortcut and looks for something else.
So it’s handy that we’ve got it right here. It’s a surprisingly sophisticated video editor that’s quick and efficient to use. And its developer is the brilliantly named MeltyTech.
Why you need it
Because not only does Shotcut edit video, but it can also handle streaming in HTTP, HLS, RTMP, RTSP, MMS and UDP formats, work with 4K footage and capture video from a whole host of peripherals and connectors.
Make no mistake: this is powerful enough for a production environment, as well as a great tool for bedroom movie makers and would-be YouTube stars.
You get a range of filters and effects, the option to convert to and from a range of formats, some exceptionally useful audio tools and filters and a whole host of new tweaks in this, the 16th version of the app.
It’s open source too, so it won’t blast you with invasive ads or try to invade your privacy, and it’s available for Windows (the version here) as well as Mac and Linux.
The most popular software available to download from TechRadar right now:
Windows Movie Maker: One of the best free video editors around. Simply drag and drop videos, audio and photos onto the timeline, and trim them to fit.
LibreOffice: An excellent alternative to Microsoft Office, with tools for making and editing text, presentations, spreadsheets, graphics, equations and charts.
AVG Antivirus Free: Top quality protection doesn’t have to cost a penny. AVG has received the gold award in independent virus detection tests.
GIMP: Not only does GIMP provide all the standard drawing and editing tools, it’s packed with powerful built-in plugins that rival professional photo editors.
VLC Media Player: VLC Media Player can handle pretty much any video or audio file without any additional codecs. The only media player you’ll ever need.