Is this what normally happens when one tries to view an edited video?


I edited a video on Shotcut. Then I saved it to the “videos” folder on my “desktop.” I wanted to watch it, and therefore attempted to open it. But I got a message “Windows can’t open this file.” The message went on to say “To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.”

Is this what normally happens when a person tries to watch a Shotcut-edited video they’ve saved to their “desktop”?


I could be wrong here but it sounds like you saved the project file (.mlt) and not the video.
You have to export the video in a codec that Windows (in your case) can play.
The safest is H.264 in a mp4 container.


Yes, I think you’re right. I tried “Export” and that worked so that I could then view the video. Thanks.

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