I have been a fairly happy user of Windows Movier Maker for a few years. It was simple, but it did most of what I wanted (cut out unwanted intros and outros) and more importantly, allowed me to use the text option as a means to subtitle my songs with the lyrics. That’s important to me, because many of my youtube subscribers are not native English speakers and that helps them follow the lyrics. I am a singer songwriter trying to get my songs heard beyond my little town in Catalunya.
Recently, I have had problems with WMM that I thought I could solve by re-installing it. As you guys no doubt know, but I didn’t until yesterday, that is now impossible directly from Microsoft and I don’t know if I trust the free sites to offer a version that won’t be loaded with spyware or worse.
So, I turned to Shotcut after reading a good review of it in an article on Alternatives of WMM.
The download and install were easy, although the unfamiliar environment puzzled the hell out of me. However, a visit to your excellent tutorials resolved many initial issues.
However, I still can’t figure out if it is possible to use Shotcut to add subtitles.
I did find the Text Filter - but there were two problems. When I attempted to make the text size smaller, the text simply disappeared altogether.
If I left the text at the default size I could not figure out how to tell the programme the start and end positions (or duration) that I wanted the text to appear for. A task that was simple and easy on WMM.
So, am I attempting the impossible?
If so, that’s a shame, because I can see that Shotcut might be a very versatile and useful tool to improve my video skills on. But if it can’t do subtitles, I’m going to have to look elsewhere.
PS For example of what I am trying to do, see my youtube channel: