How many ways can Mac users edit videos? The road less traveled is often less traveled for a reason, but there are more video editing apps than you might think. Apple includes iMovie with every Mac. At the high end there’s Final Cut Pro X and Adobe’s Premiere. In the middle are a number of Mac video editing apps, and I count nearly a dozen on the Mac App Store alone.
If iMovie is too complicated, and the others are too expensive, then try the free Shotcut. You may not think it’s feature rich when compared to iMovie, but Shotcut’s feature list is lengthy and different.
For example, Shotcut not only edits video clips, it’s also a video player that handles network video streams. Almost every kind of video or image format you throw at Shotcut works, and you can even mix and match video resolutions and frame rates in a single project. Look and feel in the user interface is more akin to a Windows video editor which makes sense. Shotcut is cross platform.
You can drag and drop video clips and photos from the file manager. Plugins add extra functionality including color modifications, and Shotcut has plenty of presets for exporting video, and it allows video capture in SDI, HDMI, webcam, PulseAudio, IP streams, and even JACK. Image processing is handled my OpenGL. Filters include a wide range of options from blur to color grading to mirror to saturation and many others.
Shotcut won’t win any awards for ease of use or layout design. It’s bare bones. But many of those bones have functionality you won’t find in iMovie which makes it worth a look. Free is free.