There IS a way to set the defaults!
And I have two other suggestions for text. I’ll start with them:
- You could make a new Preset, setting your text just the way you like it and clicking the “+” button next to “Preset.” This way, if “Song Title” and “Verse Lyrics” had different font size or styles or whatever, you could easily recall those settings.
- When I’m using an image for text overlay, like a blank PNG or a bar at the bottom of the screen so the text shows up nicely, I’ll stretch the image out to the whole length of where I need text, set my text settings, then right-click on the clip and Split At Playhead wherever I want the text contents to change (like the lyrics for each verse), and go through and change the words for each clip.
As for setting the defaults:
If you go into your Shotcut folder (I have the standalone; I assume for people who used the installer it would be somewhere in Program Files), then:
there is a file called "ui.qml"
and if you open this file with a simple text editor (like NotePad or TextEdit), you can change the defaults!
Of course, it’s always a good idea to make a backup copy of this file before editing it, and I assume that future Shotcut updates will overwrite this file.
The suggestion, I think, should be that the default behavior of this filter will automatically READ the Default preset (if it exists), instead of essentially creating a new set of parameters each time and then writing them TO the Default preset in the User directory (which appears to be what it’s doing now).