Open Source Alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro

Posted in Alternate To  on February 1, 2023 by Mathew Horne ‐ 7 min read

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1. Shotcut


Shotcut - a free, open source, cross-platform video editor cross-platform (Qt), open-source (GPLv3) video editor

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Wide Format Support

• Audio capture

• Color, text, noise, and counter generators

• EDL (CMX3600 Edit Decision List) export

• Export single frame as image or video as image sequence

• Frame-accurate seeking for many formats

• Frei0r video generator plugins (e.g. color bars and plasma)

• Lottie and rawr JSON animations

• Multi-format timeline: mix and match resolutions and frame rates within a project

• Network stream playback (HTTP, HLS, RTMP, RTSP, MMS, UDP)

• No import required - native timeline editing

• Optional full range video input, processing, and export

• Support for 4K resolutions

• Support for the latest audio and video formats thanks to FFmpeg

• Supports popular image formats such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, SVG, TIFF, WebP as well as image sequences

• Tone mapping HDR to SDR

• Videos files with alpha channel - both reading and writing

• Webcam capture

Audio Features

• Audio mixing across all tracks

• Audio scopes: loudness, peak meter, waveform, spectrum analyzer

• Balance, Band Pass, Compressor, Copy Channel, Delay, Downmix, Equalizer: 3-Band, Equalizer: 15-Band, Equalizer: Parametric, Expander, Gain, High Pass, Invert, Limiter, Low Pass, Noise Gate, Normalize: One Pass, Normalize: Two Pass, Notch, Pan, Pitch, Reverb, Stereo Enhancer, Swap Channels

• Cross-fade audio and video dissolve transitions easily by overlapping shots on the same track of the timeline

• Fade in and out audio and fade video from and to black with easy-to-use fader controls on timeline

• JACK transport sync

• Pitch compensation for video speed changes

• Record directly to timeline for voiceover, for example

• Stereo, mono, and 5.1 surround

• Tone generator

• Volume control

Video Effects

• 3-way (shadows, mids, highlights) color wheels for color correction and grading

• 360° Video Filters: Alpha Channel: Adjust, Alpha Channel: View, Audio Dance Visualization, Audio Level Visualization, Audio Light Visualization, Audio Spectrum Visualization, Audio Waveform Visualization, Blend Mode, Blur: Box, Blur: Exponential, Blur: Gaussian, Blur: Low Pass, Blur: Pad, Brightness, Choppy, Chroma Hold, Chroma Key: Advanced, Chroma Key: Simple, Contrast, Color Grading, Corner Pin, Crop: Source, Crop: Circle, Crop: Rectangle, Deband, Distort, Dither, Elastic Scale, Flip, Fisheye, Glitch, Glow, GPS Graphic, GPS Text, Gradient, Grid, Halftone, Hue/Lightness/Saturation, Invert Colors, Key Spill: Advanced, Key Spill: Simple, Levels, 3D LUT, Mask: Apply, Mask: Chroma Key, Mask: From File, Mask: Simple Shape, Mirror, Mosaic, Nervous, No Sync, Noise: Fast, Noise: Keyframes, Old Film: Dust, Old Film: Grain, Old Film: Projector, Old Film: Scratches, Old Film: Technocolor, Opacity, Posterize, Reduce Noise: HQ3DN, Reduce Noise: Quantization, Reduce Noise: Smart Blur, Reduce Noise: Wavelet, Reflect, RGB Shift, Rotate and Scale, Saturation, Scan Lines, Sepia Tone, Sharpen, Size and Position, Sketch, Spot Remover, Stabilize, Text: Rich, Text: Simple, Threshold, Time Remap, Timer, Trails, Vertigo, Vignette, Unpremultiply Alpha, Wave, White Balance

• Auto-rotate with manual override

• Deinterlacing

• Equirectangular Mask, 360: Equirectangular to Rectilinear, 360: Equirectangular to Stereographic, 360: Hemispherical to Equirectangular, 360: Rectilinear to Equirectangular, 360: Stabilize, 360: Transform

• Eye dropper tool to pick neutral color for white balancing

• Fade in/out audio and fade video with easy-to-use fader controls on timeline

• None, Over, Add, Saturate, Multiply, Screen, Overlay, Darken, Dodge, Burn, Hard Light, Soft Light, Difference, Exclusion, HSL Hue, HSL Saturation, HSL Color, HSL Luminosity.

• Reverse a clip

• Speed effect for audio/video clips

Track compositing/blending modes:

• Video Filters:

• Video compositing across video tracks

• Video scopes: Histogram, RGB Parade, RGB Waveform, Waveform, Vectorscope and Zoom

• Video wipe transitions:

• bar, barn door, box, clock (radial), diagonal, iris, matrix, and custom gradient image

Editing Features

• 3-point editing

• A Notes panel to keep notes about your project or contain text to reaad for voiceover

• Append, insert, overwrite, lift, and ripple delete editing on the timeline

• Create custom name for clips and enter comments about it

• Create, play, edit, save, load, and export (render) MLT XML projects (with auto-save)

• Detach audio from video clip

• Drag-n-drop files from file manager

• Easy-to-use cut, copy, and paste operations

• Edit Lottie and rawr JSON animations with Glaxnimate vector animation tool (included in our Shotcut downloads)

• Flexibly insert and reorder tracks

• Hide, mute, and lock track controls

• Keyframes for filter parameters

• Load and play complex MLT XML file as a clip

• Low resolution proxy editing to improve speed of seeking and eliminate or minimize scaling

• Multi-select items in the playlist and timeline

• Multitrack timeline with thumbnails and waveforms

• Presets for most filters and Export - both supplied and user-created

• Save and load trimmed clip as MLT XML file

• Scrubbing and transport control

• Sort playlist by name or creation/recording date

• Timeline markers and ranges, including export from a range and exporting as text chapters

• Trimming on source clip player or timeline with ripple option

• Unlimited undo and redo for playlist edits including a history view

Cross Platform & Codec Independent

• Batch encoding with job control

• Can run as a portable app from external drive

• Codec independent so does not rely on system codecs

• Cross platform support: available on Windows, Linux, and macOS)

• Encode/transcode to a variety of formats and codecs thanks to FFmpeg

• Perform integrity check of an audio/video file

• Stream (encode to IP) files and any capture source

• UI translations: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Gaelic, Galician, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Occitan, Polish, Portugese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian (not all 100%, but you can help

• Video quality measurement (PSNR and SSIM)

• View detailed information about an audio/video file

Display and Monitoring

• Control video zoom in the player: fit viewable area (default), 10%, 25%, 50%, original (100%), and 200%

• Detailed media properties panel

• Editable keyboard shortcuts

• External monitoring on an extra system display/monitor

• External monitoring via Blackmagic Decklink card on NTSC monitor

• Flexible UI through dock-able panels

• Low resolution preview (Preview Scaling) to improve speed of realtime effects

• On-screen grid and safe areas with snapping

• Preview the Shotuct timeline as a background within Glaxnimate

• Quickly search for actions & execute them

• Recent files panel with search

• Save and switch between multiple UI layouts

• Thumbnail and waveform caching between sessions

• UI themes/skins: native-OS look and custom dark and light

Hardware Support

• AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA hardware encoding

• Audio capture from system device (microphone, line in)

• Blackmagic Design SDI and HDMI for input and preview monitoring

• Capture (record) SDI, HDMI, webcam (V4L2), JACK audio, PulseAudio, IP stream, and Windows DirectShow devices

• Leap Motion and Contour Design Shuttle PRO for jog/shuttle control

• Multi-core parallel image processing (when not using GPU and frame-dropping is disabled)

• OpenGL GPU-based image processing with 16-bit floating point linear per color component

• Webcam capture

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2. Kdenlive


Kdenlive is a Free and Open Source video editing application, based on MLT Framework and KDE Frameworks 5. It is distributed under the GNU General Public License Version 3 or any later version that is accepted by the KDE project.

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3. LosslessCut



The swiss army knife of lossless video/audio editing. LosslessCut aims to be the ultimate cross platform FFmpeg GUI for extremely fast and lossless operations on video, audio, subtitle and other related media files. The main feature is lossless trimming and cutting of video and audio files, which is great for saving space by rough-cutting your large video files taken from a video camera, GoPro, drone, etc. It lets you quickly extract the good parts from your videos and discard many gigabytes of data without doing a slow re-encode and thereby losing quality. Or you can add a music or subtitle track to your video without needing to encode. Everything is extremely fast because it does an almost direct data copy, fueled by the awesome FFmpeg which does all the grunt work.

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4. OBS Studio


OBS Studio - Free and open source software for live streaming and screen recording

What is OBS Studio?

OBS Studio is software designed for capturing, compositing, encoding, recording, and streaming video content, efficiently.

It’s distributed under the GNU General Public License v2 (or any later version) - see the accompanying COPYING file for more details.

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