This simple and brief tutorial will show you how to install Shotcut Video Editor in Ubuntu.

Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor with following features:

  • supports oodles of audio and video formats and codecs thanks to FFmpeg (or libav as-built)
  • supports many image formats such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, SVG, TGA, TIFF as well as image sequences
  • no import required – native editing
  • frame-accurate seeking for many formats
  • multi-format timeline: mix and match resolutions and frame rates within a project
  • screen capture (Linux only) including background capture to capture a Shotcut session
  • webcam capture (Linux only)
  • audio capture (Linux only; PulseAudio, JACK, or ALSA)
  • network stream playback (HTTP, HLS, RTMP, RTSP, MMS, UDP)
  • frei0r video generator plugins (e.g. color bars and plasma)
  • Blackmagic Design SDI and HDMI for input and preview monitoring
  • JACK transport sync
  • deinterlacing
  • detailed media properties panel
  • recent files panel
  • drag-n-drop files from file manager
  • save and load trimmed clip as MLT XML file
  • load and play complex MLT XML file as a clip
  • audio signal level meter
  • volume control
  • scrubbing and transport control
  • flexible UI through dock-able panels
  • encode/transcode to a variety of formats and codecs thanks to FFmpeg (or libav as-built)
  • capture (record) SDI, HDMI, webcam (V4L2), JACK, PulseAudio, IP streams, X11 screen
  • stream (encode to IP) files and any capture source
  • batch encoding with job control
  • create, play, edit, save, load, encode, and stream MLT XML playlists
  • unlimited undo and redo for playlist edits including a history view
  • connect to Melted servers over MVCP TCP protocol
  • control the transport playback of Melted units
  • edit Melted playlists including suport for undo/redo
  • OpenGL GPU-based image processing
  • multi-core parallel image processing when not using GPU (and frame-dropping is disabled)
  • video filters: Blur, Color Grading, Crop, Glow, Mirror, Saturation, Sharpen
  • 3-way (shadows, mids, highlights) color wheels for color correction and grading
  • eye dropper tool to pick neutral color for white balancing
  • translated to Spanish, French, Czech, and German


Install Shotcut Video Editor in Ubuntu:

The official website provides the non-install version for Ubuntu 12.04 and higher, but you need to manually create a launcher icon.

1.) First, download the latest packages from the Official download page. You may check 32-bit or 64-bit by System Settings -> Details -> Overview.

2.) Open File Browser with root permission by press Alt+F2 and input gksudo nautilus


3.) Navigate to “Computer/Home/USERNAME/Downloads/”, copy and paste the downloaded package to “Computer/opt/” folder. Then extract it. Finally drag and drop the shortcut to Unity Launcher.


To add an icon to Unity Dash, run following 2 commands in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) one by one:

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

sudo gnome-desktop-item-edit /usr/share/applications/ --create-new

In pop-up dialog, type command: /opt/Shotcut/ and others free.