Video Editing Made Easy With Shotcut Video Editor

Shotcut Tutorials to Get You Started Editing Videos Quickly in 60 Minutes or Less

Get started editing your own videos with Shotcut Video Editor. Shotcut is a free, video editing software for Windows, Linux, or IOS.

This course is designed for a beginner video editor to get started with video editing quickly using the free Shotcut video editing software.

The Shotcut tutorials covers the following main topics

  • How to get started quickly so you can start editing the videos you recorded
  • Overview of Shotcut layout, and tools
  • Basic video editing like splitting, joining, transitions
  • Adding titles, annotation, music, and overlays
  • Exporting your video in high definition, HD
  • Multi track editing and green screening technique

Each video lesson is kept short so that you can zoom in to a particular lesson in the event you forgot how to create a certain effect. That way, you save time without having to re-watch a lengthy video tutorial just to get to a part you want.

You should be able to create your first video in about 60 minutes even if you are new to making videos. There are also advanced lessons for you to create videos with more effects.

Review from the lead developer of Shotcut

As the lead developer of Shotcut, I reviewed the entire course, and I think it is very good. James clearly and accurately explains many thing from basics to more advanced techniques such as picture-in-picture, chroma keying, and using custom HTML. The lessons are sequenced in a nice progressive manner, but you can also directly visit specific topics ~ Dan Dennedy

Reviews from students

Okay. I'm thrilled, so far. Your videos are bite-sized, allowing me to comfortably learn without overwhelming me. I am so happy I bought this course. Thank you for being thorough and taking the time and effort needed to make it comprehensible for me. I was completely overwhelmed and intimidated by the Shotcut interface until watching you first two video chapters of this course.

You explain and demonstrate it so clearly that, suddenly, it wasn't so scary. Then I watched video chapter number 3 on simple editing. That made sense. Finally. I'd watched all the tutorials on, but it never made much sense. You are absolutely awesome as a teacher. Thank you. ~ DL Keur

... the content of your videos is clear, well-planned, and concise, and the video quality itself is very good. I would certainly recommend the series to others interested in using Shotcut, ~ Chris Brandon

At this point is really awesome, it goes to the basic and explain very well and easy which is good to people like me that no have experience in editing. Wanna see more!! ~ Leonardo Rivera


Whenever there are significant changes to software or new features being released, I will create new videos to cover those changes. As a student, you get access to all those update.

Note - there were minor changes to Shotcut since this course is recorded. These changes are addressed in the Shotcut Updates section, and the tutorials are in being updated to the latest version, Version 18.11.18 of Shotcut .

Frequently Asked Questions
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts when you sign up. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start, and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?
You have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you're unsatisfied with your purchase in the first 14 days, let me know and I'll give you a full refund.

I don’t just teach Shotcut, I use it regularly for creating my own videos. This entire course including the video above was edited with Shotcut.

Who is this course for:
  • Beginner, and intermediate video creators looking for a easy to use video editing application
  • Make videos for your business or for fun, and you wants a pro level video editing software on a budget
  • Marketing video creators who want to create videos quickly
  • Upgrading from much simpler video editing software.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me clicking here.

Intended Audience: Beginner video creator, Video Editors, Intermediate Video Editor

Course Introduction
Where To Download Official Versions Of Shotcut
Resources For This Course
Overview Of Shotcut Layout
Arranging Various Panels In Shotcut
Managing Files
Opening Media Files And Basic Edits
Convert Variable Frame Rate Video
Course Exercise - Video Editing Challenge
Basic Editing On The Timeline - Split, Cut, Join video clips
Timeline Editing - Lift vs Ripple Delete
Creating Transitions In Video Clips
Removing And Fine Tuning Transitions
How To Use The Ripple, Trim and Drop Function
Restore Lost Video Section From Removing Transitions
Create A Video From Still Images
How to Speed up or Slow down a video clip
Adding Audio Tracks To Your Video
Creating Fades In Video And Audio Tracks
Applying Filters To A Clip, Track And Entire Project
How To Add Text Annotations
Adding An Image Overlay To Your Video
Rotate A Video Clip With Shotcut
Reversing A Video Clip
Exporting Or Rendering Your Video
Export Frame - For Thumbnails etc
How To Create PiP or Picture in Picture Videos
How To Zoom In Or Enlarge A Section Of Video
Stabilize A Shaky Video
Create Multiple, And Fading Text Annotations
How To Blur Or Censor A Certain Part In A Video (Method 1)
How To Blur Or Censor A Certain Part In A Video (Method 2)
Add Arrow Pointers Into Your Video
Position Arrow Pointer Accurately
Adjusting White Balance
Change The Look And Feel With Color Grading
Creating Chromakey Videos - Basic
Creating Chromakey Videos - Advance
Create A Mirror Effect Video
Manage Commonly Used Filters
Creating Your Own Filter Presets
Adding Space Between Clips Without Re-adjusting Prior Edits
Pan And Zoom On Static Image
Create A Panning Motion
Zoom In And Zoom Out Effect
Scrolling Text Using Static Images And Keyframes
Scrolling Text Method 2 (With Text Filter)
Keyframes and Color Grading
Animated Intro Or Outro
How To Separate Audio From Video To A Separate Audio Track
Align Track Ending
Shotcut Update Version 18.09
Shotcut Update Version 18.10.08
Cut, Copy and Paste In The Timeline
Lens Correction
Conclusion And Offer

Voiceover video needs updating

Robert Hayles , 4 months ago

DirectShow no longer available in latest Shotcut update, and none of the options in Edit>>Open Other include a way that I can find to use a headset mic. Until this video is updated we are reduced to recording on another device, like a Digital Voice Recorder, laying down another audio track, and matching the video to the audio. That is a pain in the butt.

Very good course, tutorial and help

Tschring , 4 months ago

I would definitely recommend this course for the beginner. You will not only learn from the basics to advanced on Shotcut but also will receive help from James. It was my pleasant surprise to receive reply of guidance from James via. email. I would give this course for 5 star.

I am disappointed in the course. Very short lessons and bad english

Aad Sman , 6 months ago

Pleasant and well paced - an excellent tutorial

Paul Wyatt , 7 months ago

I was not sure that I wanted to pay for a course on SHOTCUT. I had already used SHOTCUT to create a promotional video on my company's BI platform. I'd learnt how to transition with titles from a youtuber who has made a series of videos for SHOTCUT. As these were free, I thought I would jusst use them. However, I considered the price to be quite low and decided that I might learn a little more. The lecturer has an easy voice and the demonstrations are set at a very pleasant pace. At no point did I feel rushed or that the subject matter had been glossed over. Initially, I thought that some of the videos were too simple but soon came to appreciate them being there as things, such as settings and where to find them, would really serve as reminders after a long time of not using the software. Also, the complete process is covered from source files, management and editing; there is a great link to a marquee creation site for creating scrolling titles. Overall, I rate the course highly and consider it initially deceptively simple. I would recommend all beginners and intermediates to take this course. Surprisingly, there are offers after purchasing the course and one of those is for James Woo's course in OBS. As a result of seeing the preview, I downloaded this software, purchased the course and have now replaced my ,now, very poor CAMSTUDIO software with OBS screen capture. I can't believe how powerful this software is in comparison to my aged CAMSTUDIO. I was amazed first at the ease of configuration but then at how many sources I could record simultaneously - such a powerful piece of software.

Worth the investment!

Guillermo Vasquez , 8 months ago

Went from a total beginner on video editing, to adding my first edited video in 'YouTube' in less than four hours. I couldn't say this first video is prefect, but by following James' training tips, I should be refining my video editing skills in the days/ weeks to come. If you are an entrepreneur starting your own business and are considering taking advantage of video for publicity or visibility, this course is a must have. As I said, it was worth the investment!

What's included

  • 55 Video Lessons
  • 1 Text Lesson

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

James Woo