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Shotcut vs. OpenShot (2022)

Shotcut vs. OpenShot (2022)

Today, we find many free video editing software such as Shotcut and OpenShot. In this article, we delve into the two and cover Shotcut vs. OpenShot.

Quick overview

OpenShot is a simple video editing program suitable for people just starting their video creation life. Shotcut is a little bit complex and will suit those who have video editing knowledge and want something advanced.


Both use a somewhat dated interface—both display files to the left and the main view to the right. The timeline is down at the bottom, with the main navigation on the top. Shotcut uses modes and workspaces, which are discussed below.


Text titles

OpenShot Overview

Shotcut does not come with title styles. Instead, you add three text types: simple, GPS, and rich text. Both simple and rich text filters come with ten presets. Those presets are for text positions and styles.

OpenShot offers 47 text titles. Titles are not considered effects; hence you find a separate title in the top navigation.

Transition effects

Adding Transition Effect in Shotcut

OpenShot gets the win in the round of Shotcut vs. OpenShot. Shotcut only has 23 transition effects as of writing this text, whereas OpenShot comes with over 400 transition effects.

Also, adding transitions on OpenShot is quicker. You go to the transitions, drag an effect and drop it between two clips. On Shotcut, you drag a clip and drop it over the edge of another clip to add an effect. Then a section opens with transition options and details.

Related: Shotcut vs. DaVinci Resolve 17

Other features


MKV support: OpenShot does not correctly support MKV formats, while Shotcut supports this format.

Other filters: Besides text and transitions effects, you find many video and audio effects.

Color editing: Shotcut comes with a basic color grading tool that can be enough for social media videos.

GPU acceleration: Shotcut supports GPU video rendering, while OpenShot uses CPU to render videos.

Timecode and frame rates: The simple text option allows displaying the video time, date, and frame rates in the video (example video).

Filter keyframes: You can get a keyframe option for filters.


Emojis: OpenShot has over 1100 emojis free to add to the video.

Organized media: You can only see videos, audio files, and images by clicking on the filter buttons on the top.

Animated titles: Powered by Blender, OpenShot offers 23 animated titles. The only problem is that Blender is required to use those.

Similar features

In this section, you find the features that are available in both.

Other effects: Like the transition and text effects, you find many audio and video effects.

4K Export: Both support 4K video exporting.

Proxies: Both programs support proxies to decrease the program’s effect on the computer.

Related: OpenShot Review

Ease of use

As mentioned, Shotcut has lots of modes on the top. As you click on any, the files section changes to that. For example, if you click on markers, the program shows markers instead of media files. Also, in total, it has six workspaces:

  • Logging: Project properties, history, and media files.
  • Editing: The main editing interface.
  • FX: Filters and filter keyframes.
  • Colour: Colour grading of the project.
  • Audio: An audio editor to improve and edit audio separately.
  • Player: To play the project video in a big and enhanced video player.

The layout changes according to the workspace selected.

OpenShot interface is fairly easy to navigate. It does not offer workspaces, but we see two views: easy and advanced.

The easy mode displays the most options, whereas the advanced mode shows all the panels. Of course, you can customize the tool for better editing.

Note: Several times, OpenShot crashes when I work with effects, which is a major drawback. If you consider using it, it would be helpful to save the project when possible.


Shotcut comes with zero tracks by default, and when you add a video, a new track is created. To add more, the only option you have is to right-click on the timeline and go to the add “tracks section.” Shotcut also separates audio and video tracks.

OpenShot, by default, comes with four tracks. The plus option is right above the timeline to add a track. The added track can be used for audio, video, and emojis.

With the above in mind, there are factors where Shotcut works better. While using OpenShot, I have encountered crashing issues on Windows 11, especially while using MKV files.

Related: Kdenlive vs. OpenShot


Installing both is easy and quick. You can download the latest version for the official places.

Shotcut shows a few ads before the download starts. The program is also available on Windows Store for download, but it costs $1 or $2 to install. The control panel does not show the total size, but in the program files, the whole folder occupies Shotcut, about 290 MB of storage.

OpenShot also shows a couple of ads before the download begins. Regarding the storage, the software takes about 680 MB of storage.

Shotcut vs. OpenShot: Website links


The debate Shotcut vs. OpenShot covered essential factors of both. It does not matter which one you use; what I like is that both are free and open-source. I hope the article helped you understand both. Please share your views in the comments and enjoy the rest of the day.