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Kdenlive vs. Shotcut (2022)

Kdenlive vs. Shotcut (2022)

From the vast library of video editors, two programs are Kdenlive and Shotcut. Both are excellent, but you must invest in one program because video editors come with a steep learning curve. So, among the two, which one should you use? Let’s find out in this Kdenlive vs. Shotcut review.

The difference

Kdenlive Overview

There isn’t much of the difference. Both are multi-track video editing programs available on Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms. Kdenlive has more audio, video, and transition effects, whereas Shotcut has a more powerful text editor and exporting options.

Ease of use

Shotcut Interface

Using Kdenlive is a little bit easier because many of the features are hidden in Shotcut. Also, it does not support some quick options, such as zooming in/out on the timeline using the bar edges.

Kdenlive has a nice timeline with two audio and video tracks. Shotcut’s timeline is very big with one track. To add more, you need to right-click on the timeline.


Tools like video editors have many functions, hence many panels. Displaying only the required tools on the screen is essential. This is where workspaces come into play. For example, in the color workspace, you only see the related tools.

Both come with workspaces. Kdenlive has editing, logging, audio, effects, and color workspaces. Editing is the main workspace, and the workspace option is right on the top.

Shotcut, on the other hand, comes with editing, logging, FX, color, audio, and player workspaces.

Kdenlive vs. Shotcut: Editing tools

Video effects

Kdenlive Interface

If we talk about numbers, Kdenlive takes the cake. It offers over two hundred video effects categorized in mask, blur, grain and noise, stylize, motion, transform, utility, etc.

Regarding features, you see more great effects in Shotcut. Most of the effects in Kdenlive are basic, whereas Shotcut has many advanced effects.

The effects in both do not have width and height properties to cover only the selected video area. For example, if you add any blur effect, it will cover the whole screen.

Audio effects

Kdenlive brings 70 audio effects as of writing this article. Shotcut has 27, which is nowhere close, but still, you find the essential ones there.

Text tool

Timecode and Frame rate display in Shotcut

Both use different text options. Kdenlive has an advanced titling tool like the one in Premiere Pro, that makes the text look pretty. However, Shotcut comes with text effects with timers, frames, and timecode options. It has three different text options: GPS, simple, and rich text.

Related: Kdenlive vs. Premiere Pro

Transition effects

Adding Transition Effect in Shotcut

The former one only has a few transition effects, including wipe, slide, and dissolve. The latter has over 20 transition effects. However, using transitions in Kdenlive is easier.

Video exporting

Kdenlive comes with a few “HD videos exporting” options and a few “HD for web options”. It also supports exporting in 4K. Other than video formats, you can export image sequences, audio, GIFs, TVs, and DVD player formats.

Shotcut, on the contrary, has an extensive array of formats. You can export in MP4, FLV, AVI, and many other formats. Like Kdenlive, it supports audio and image formats. You can create a custom preset in both if you want to take the matter into your hands.

Other options

Keyframes in Kdenlive

Proxies: Both support video proxies to improve the editing process.

Keyframes: You get to add keyframes on effects/filters. Both do not offer keyframes on video, audio, and image elements.

Markers: You can add markers in both to separate the video sections.

Subtitles: Both come with subtitle options, but you don’t get to auto-generate captions.

Color: Both offer to analyze colors in the video, but you can’t modify the colors (you can use effects, though).

History: Both programs show the project edit history.

GPU acceleration: Both offer to use GPU to render HD videos.

Open-source: You can see and contribute to the program as both are open-source.

Related: Shotcut vs OpenShot

Which one is for you?

All comes down to transitions, text, and exporting. The rest of the options are the same. I believe that if you are starting, use Kdenlive because it is easier to use. For experienced users, both will work fine.

Kdenlive vs. Shotcut: Links


There are other free programs as well if you are looking for alternatives. These include HitFilm Express, Blender, and OpenShot. Anyway, I’m stopping this Kdenlive vs. Shotcut review considering that all has been covered. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments and subscribe to the newsletter for post updates.