22.12.21 on Windows 7 vs 24.04.28 on linux

Hi there -

I’ve just started using Shotcut. First I tried it on my linux machine and it worked fine, but my Windows 7 computer is considerably faster and has twice as much memory so I also installed it on that. My question is: what am I missing out on by using the older version on a different OS? I don’t want to upgrade the W7 box because I have a TON of vst plugins for my Reaper setup and reinstallation would be an absolute nightmare, plus that computer never goes online so I’m not worried about all that stuff. The linux box is my internet machine.

I only installed it on the W7 computer just now and I will probably find out some of the differences the hard way, but I thought I’d ask anyway, especially since I’m not that familiar with Shotcut. I used to use Vegas 12 but haven’t done any video in a few years. I tried Kdenlive and it worked for my project but there were a lot of things about the workflow that I just didn’t care for.

Thanks in advance.

I think the easiest way to answer your question would be for your to scroll backwards through the release history. There have been a lot of features and bug fixes since 22.12 and I don’t really know which ones would matter to you.

That’s a lot of updates. It’s like trying to read the begats in the Bible, lol. I guess I’ll just have to do it the hard way.

Taking another software platform as an example, Reaper has had even more updates in the same amount of time, but the equivalent Reaper reversion works fine for me and is very stable. There have been lots of additions since then, but most of them don’t matter to me even though I use the latest version (which luckily works on 7, something I appreciate about Reaper). Perhaps other forum members will have some ideas.

Thank you.

If you have a spare ssd or hdd, you can dual boot windows 11 and 7, on seperate drives. If You don’t, buy a ssd, maybe hdd’s because you can buy them for dirt cheap. And it can be all done with rufus, since you mention that you have win 7 and and linux, I don’t really see a way to install rufus on your home pc’s (since both of them don’t support rufus) . Go to a internet cafe (with a pendrive that’s at least 8 gigs) and install Rufus, then select the windows 11 iso, choose mbr or gpt depending on your desktop, click continue, you would get several options like disabling tpm 2.0 and 4gb+ ram, disable online account creation, and create a local account even before booting, etc. You can then go on to simply install windows 11 on the spare drive, and even if you enable internet for windows 11 while using it, then you could simply unplug the ethernet before booting into 7 to stop internet for that. Then you can use both, one at a time, and use the latest software. If you decide to get windows 10 iso, download it before hand through your linux machine, you can directly download the iso there, in windows you have to use the media creation tool for win 10 to get the iso, but as I said linux just gives the option to download the iso directly.

Obviously you can do on the same drive, but I don’t recommend it, almost nobody recommends to do that.

Thank you for the detailed response. It doesn’t really help in this case, since I have two computers running whenever I work; one runs linux and goes online and the other stays offline and runs Windows 7. I don’t have any desire to upgrade Windows, and I wish I didn’t have to use it at all, but 7 is my favorite version and it allows me to run Photoshop, Reaper, and the hundreds of vst plugins I’ve acquired over the years. Having a dual boot system wouldn’t be useful on this computer since you can’t boot from both OSes at once and I already have an online linux box next to it for info searching and browsing, etc.

Micro$oft’s latest blunder with Recall/Copilot has only increased my opposition to the company, but those hundreds of vsts need Windows to run. I don’t want to mess with Wine; my linux skill level is pretty low.

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I thought you wanted to use the power of the windows system, as you said earlier because your linux box is inferior to your windows desktop. You can alternatively use linux through a 128gb usb (with persistence) on your windows machine, if you want to. There are endless possibilities.

Fact is, the use of Reaper and Photoshop is more important to me than Shotcut is. Reaper runs fine (mostly) on linux, but its plugins do not. Obviously, Photoshop doesn’t work on linux. The Windows machine has terabytes of images and literally hundreds of music projects on it and I need that for the videos I am making. So it comes down to convenience; so far, the only big issue I’ve had is that one video crashed every time while rendering so I moved the project to the linux box, where it rendered fine. And the next release of Shotcut will support drop shadow without having to duplicate everything and then nudge it, but other than that the Windows machine seems fine for my purposes. So I seem to have answered my own question by simply getting enough hands-on time with Shotcut. I will keep using the Windows version unless for some reason I can’t on a project, then I’ll use linux for that one.

You don’t seem to understand my point, you can use linux on your windows machine through a external ssd or usb. Leaving your windows drive untouched. You still have your linux box on side, and can use latest version of shotcut when you want. Otherwise you can just boot into the windows drive, without harming it, having everything you already have with reaper and photoshop untouched. I mean, just use a cheap 10$ usb for shotcut.

This is just a way to use shotcut on the superior machine, it depends if you need it or not.

I understand your point fine. What your solution prevents is my ability to use both setups at the same time. I switch back and forth constantly, just like I’m interrupting my music production right now to answer this comment. I need Reaper and Photoshop available constantly; they won’t work (properly, anyway) with linux.

However, for dedicated use of the W7 computer with the latest Shotcut, I think that’s a very good idea; I have a ton of usb drives lying around and if I really need to, I could do it that way. Good idea.

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You can use Virtual machine’s. Like Vmware.