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Samantha Rattner
January 30, 2024

Introducing the New Shotcut 24.01: An Open-Source Video Editor Packed with Exciting Features

Two months subsequent to the release of Shotcut 23.11, we now have Shotcut 24.01. This latest stable version of the free, open-source, and cross-platform video editor can be downloaded for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows systems.

Shotcut 24.01 brings several new features and improvements. These include the addition of an Audio API under Settings > Player on Linux and Windows systems. This feature enables the --SDL_AUDIODRIVER command line option to be utilised in the Settings menu. It also introduces new backup options for creating hourly, daily (default), or weekly backups of the current project file. Furthermore, it supports multiple selections for the Split At Playhead feature.

The new release also introduces Player > Loop () and Player > Set Loop Range to its menu and player controls. A saved multi-selection system has been integrated under Timeline > Selection > Group/Ungroup. Undo and redo functionalities have been enhanced to support addition, removal, modification, and disabling of filters. The context menu in Jobs now comes with pause and resume options as well.

Other new features in Shotcut 24.01 include a File > Other Versions submenu. This helps in locating similarly-named project files in the same folder, created by Shotcut’s backup or recovery mechanisms. A “Previous” button has been introduced in the View > Application Log dialog for easy navigation to the log file created by the previous app session. Text viewer dialogs now come with a “Copy” button, which functions the same way as “Select All” and “Copy” context menu actions.

The Timeline introduced fresh capabilities in this release, particularly Edit > Nudge Forward (.) and Nudge Backward (,), plus Edit > Split All Tracks At Playhead (Shift+S). Moreover, Shotcut 24.01 enhances the Timeline > Detach Audio option to automatically form a group and deals with a probable crash in Timeline > Split or trim actions if the video clip entails specific filters with keyframes.

As anticipated, an abundance of bugs were addressed to enhance various aspects of the software, such as 10-bit exporting with NVENC (NVIDIA) encoders, distort mode in the Size & Position GPU filter, proxy generation with NVENC when Settings > Proxy > Use Hardware Encoder is activated, storage of B frames in custom export presets with hardware encoder, and toggling of “Export > Use hardware encoder” now won’t reset all options to default.

Shotcut 24.01 also brought forth other modifications, it updates the Jobs log viewer to auto-scroll to the end if left open when a job is being processed, enhances the Slideshow Generator to retain all options, refines the splitter between UI panels to be easier to locate and move, revises the name of Declick time filter to Declick Audio, and advances the player controls to instinctively adjust to two rows making the display of In Point and Selected Duration more trustable.

For more details, you can check out the release notes on the project’s GitHub page, from where you can also download the Shotcut 24.01 as a universal AppImage binary that you run on virtually any GNU/Linux distribution without installation anything. Of course, the source tarball is available for download as well from the same location.

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