VidCutter: a simple editor to cut and join videos


Video editing work has several tools from the simplest that is only cut and paste fragments, even the most advanced in which you already apply filters and different types of effects.

This time let's focus on the simple work of video editing, which is just cut and join videos, because on many occasions we simply require one of these options and it is not necessary to have to use or install a further editor.

That is why we are going to talk about VidCutter which is a simple and free Qt5 based video editor, it is also multiplatform (GNU / Linux, Windows and MacOS). This written in Python3 and PyQt5 GUI framework and uses FFmpeg as background decoding and encoding.

About VidCutter

Using this tool you can trim and join your videos very easily, the truth is that it is a quite excellent tool, since there is no greater need to use some other more complex editor for the simple task of cutting or joining videos.

Supports all common video file formats (AVI, MP4, MOV, FLV, MKV and others.).

VineCutter makes adjustments without the need to recode again. It does not change the original image resolution or bit rate.

In the case of video trimming, simply set start and end positions using timeline and have VidCutter process it. The processing time depends on the size and quality of the video or videos to be worked on.

All the important video file information can be displayed in a separate window, be it location, format, file size, length, bit rate, codec or resolution.

VineCutter has built-in keyboard shortcuts for faster operation and the player.

Between its main characteristics can include:

  • VidCutter has a simple and modern user interface which is customizable with themes.
  • It has support for various video formats, including FLV, MP4, AVI, and MOV.
  • The libmpv-based hardware accelerated playback engine.
  • OpenGL video processing.
  • Open Source - Contribute to your source code on GitHub.
  • Quickly cut, rearrange and assemble clips thanks to SmartCut, a precise frame cutting technology.

How to install VidCutter on Linux?


Si want to install this editor video in their systems We must carry out the following steps according to the Linux distribution they are using.

To install VidCutter on Ubuntu and derivatives, they must add the official repository of the authors. Open the terminal and run the following command.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ozmartian/apps
sudo apt-get update

And finally they install with:

sudo apt install vidcutter

In the case of Debian and systems based on it we must type the following.

If they are using Debian 9:

echo 'deb /' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:ozmartian.list
wget -nv -O Release.key
sudo apt-key add - < Release.key
apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vidcutter

While for those still using Debian 8 and Debian-based systems:

echo 'deb /' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:ozmartian.list
wget -nv -O Release.key
sudo apt-key add - < Release.key
apt-get update
apt-get install vidcutter

In the case of Arch Linux, Manjaro, Antergos and derivatives, the application is within the AUR repositories for this we simply type:

yaourt -S vidcutter

While for Fedora users we must add an extra repository to the system to be able to install the application for this we must type:

sudo dnf copr enable suspiria/VidCutter
sudo dnf install vidcutter

If you are a user of openSUSE you must use one of the following options in order to install VidCutter on your system.

If you are using openSUSE Tumbleweed:

sudo zypper addrepo
zypper refresh
sudo zypper install vidcutter

While for users of openSUSE Leap 15:

sudo zypper addrepo
zypper refresh
sudo zypper install vidcutter

Si they are still version 42.3 users simply replace the first line with:

zypper addrepo

And ready with it, they will have VidCutter installed on their systems which they can now start using.

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  1.   peter said

    Normally every Fedora user almost the first thing they do after installing the system is to add rpmfusion repositories (codecs etc) where vidcutter is also found, since it is not necessary to add a repository on purpose.
    As for the program itself, I can say that I have tried it but I prefer avidemux. It may be a Fedora problem (I haven't tested it on other distros) but vidcutter "rattles" quite a bit unlike avidemux which works perfectly.