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OpenShot vs Shotcut: Which Is the Best Free Video Editor Of 2020?

Be it artists, startups or restaurants, every single profession is waking up to the immense possibility of using videos as a potent marketing tool. 80% of the world's internet traffic is expected to be on video content in 2020. This actually comes in as a blessing for everyone who is trying to learn the art of video editing for reaching out to customers and enhancing their online presence.

If you are a video editing amateur using PC, then the Windows 10 video editor built-in - Photos would be a good tool to start with. But here we are going to discuss about two free video editors namely Openshot and Shotcut, which can prepare you well before marking your entry into the world of professional video editing. Both Openshot and Shotcut can serve as the ideal choice for newbies who are trying to get a hang of the entire video editing drill without investing in any paid editing software.

You must have come across question like, 'Which is the best open source video editor' in different public forums and that is exactly what we are going to talk about today. So, before further ado, let's get started with our discussion on OpenShot vs Shotcut video editing tools.

OpenShot

This tool is meant for Mac, Windows and Linux users who are on the lookout for an easy and quick way of learning the art of video editing. You can bank on this open source and easy video editing tool to help you in scaling, resizing and trimming clips apart from mixing audio for highly professional end results. If you are trying to edit some basic videos for being uploaded in your social media channels such as YouTube or Instagram, then OpenShot can serve you pretty well with its sheer simplicity. Some of the standout features of this community driven software are the basic 3D animation tools for adding flying text, lens flares or snow to the captured frames as well as the chroma key function.

Full review of OpenShot >
How to edit video with OpenShot >

OpenShot Video Editor

Pros
1. Features a wide range of transitions which can take your video editing game a notch higher.
2. Supports brilliant audio editing to enhance the overall appeal of your videos.
3. User friendly interface allowing users to access all video editing features and previewing their work from a common window.

Cons
1. Lagging and crashing problem seems to happen at any time on any engine.
2. You might not find ready-made solutions to your problem and shall have to wait for some time to get the issue resolved.
3. GPU acceleration still cannot be used well for video encoding/decoding.

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Shotcut

This is another popular free of cost video editing software which can be used for creating 4K quality output. It is compatible with a wide array of formats which helps users in exercising complete flexibility while mixing and matching frame rates and resolutions within the same project. The native timeline editing capability of this open source software makes it redundant to proceed with video import. You can try out everything ranging from splicing and locking tracks to waveforms and multi-tracks using the sleek interface and intuitive actions of Shotcut.

Full review of Shotcut >
How to crop, rotate, add text/transition in Shotcut >

Shotcut free video editor

Pros
1. Has a well-laid out interface offering support to a plethora of formats.
2. Source code can be modified for adding to its security and integrity.
3. Comes with an impressive stock of audio and video filters which can be combined and layered as per preference using its simple slider and checkbox systems.

Cons
It is not supported by android or iOS devices.

Table Of Comparison

Particulars

OpenShot

ShotCut

OS Support

Linux, Mac, Windows

Linux, Mac, Windows

Hardware Acceleration

Experimental support [1]

OpenGL via Movit and WebGL via WebVfx

Editing Features

Multiplatform
Animation & Key Frameworks
Cut Videos
Audio Waveform
Unlimited Tracks
3D Animation
Video Effects
Video Editing
Supports 70+ Languages

Multiple Audio Features
Cross-Platform
Display & Monitoring
Video Effects
Codec Independent
Wide Format Support
Multiple Output Options
Better Compression Of 4K Footage
24 Built-In Basic Wipe Style Transitions

Bottom Line

In spite of being extremely easy to use, one of the biggest problem of both OpenShot and Shotcut was that they did not support GPU acceleration which often causes 4K video to undergo substantial quality loss. GPU acceleration like OpenGL is available in Shotcut now, but it is still in testing (experimental period) in OpenShot. Alternatively, you can opt for VideoProc processing software which is fully powered to the core by mainstream Intel®, AMD® and NVIDIA® GPUs.

VideoProc

You can also proceed with tonnes of other video editing activities like merging, cutting, cropping or rotating the video apart from adding effects and subtitle for a professional finish. It also becomes possible to carry out professional level editing in the form of removing background wind noise, stabilizing shaky footages of iPhone or GoPro, correcting fisheye lens distortion which is common amongst action cam videos, adding text, image or logo watermarks and many more using this intuitive software. However, at the end of the day it is imperative to remember that these video-editing software's are best suited for beginners. If you are a professional video editor, then you should need to proceed with paid versions such as Adobe Premiere Pro for best results.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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