Hey everyone, I’ve used Shotcut for a few years now and I think it’s great software, but I believe it’s time to take it to the next level with its own marketplace. So i intend to build one. I’ve realized that the most successful video software whether opensource or not, all have one thing in common, a Marketplace, for users to buy and sell stuff related to or that extends that software, like plugins, add-ons, filter UIs, presets, artwork, Video templates, and stock media.
For example, Wordpress and Adobe After Effects are successful and widely adopted due to all the templates, plugins, and themes available to new and advanced users alike.
I believe that Shotcut can benefit immensely from a marketplace, in many ways, including the following:
Faster adoption by new users - A user of a new piece of software is more likely to adopt it, if it already has a good template marketplace collection/resource available that they can use to get started quickly, reducing their learning curve.
Time saver for existing users - Even experienced users benefit from a marketplace where they can purchase premade resources to speed up their workflow.
Exposure and awareness for the Shotcut Project - Since everything in the marketplace requires Shotcut to function, even visitors who have never heard of Shotcut would inevitably have to download and install, it to use any of the marketplace items, thereby increasing the software’s reach.
Funding for Shotcut - Even, software projects need funding to thrive and innovate. So 20% of Profits from the marketplace will be donated back to the project.
Reward Shotcut enthusiasts and developers - The creative Shotcut community will now have an outlet to make money and profit from their unique creations and hard work.
If this sounds like I good idea to the developers and the community, then I’ll invest resources in building the Shotcut marketplace.
Let me know your thoughts…