New Shapes and Text Filters for Old Versions of Shotcut that Support Webvfx
Some users, myself included, while using the latest release of Shotcut for the majority of projects, continue to keep an old copy of Shotcut that supports Webvfx (my version is 20.07.11). I use this old version for several reasons, mainly because it is still in many cases the easiest way to get HTML animation and CSS/SVG-styled text onto video.
The technique I use is to create and export a video clip (usually with an alpha channel - transparency) on the old version of Shotcut, then open this in the latest version, where I edit the rest of the clips. There are so many new features in the latest releases that it does not generally make sense to use the old version for anything but this.
Users Namna, MusicalBox and myself, have continued to develop Webvfx filters for these old versions of Shotcut and are making two new ones (Shapes and Text: Webvfx) available for others to download. I have used them both and found that some amazing effects can be produced with very little effort. See one that Namna produced below, creating a Union Jack flag very easily, along with a screenshot of one of the filter’s GUI.
This collaboration has been made possible thanks to the Shotcut Forum, which has a great set of members who regularly help each other out and come together in collaborations such as this.
These filters, “Shapes” and “Text: Webvfx”, can be downloaded as ZIP files from my website, which has documentation and instructions on how to install them on Webvfx-compatible versions of Shotcut. See here: Shotcut Filters.
PLEASE NOTE that these, and other filters such as Text: HTML, are only supported on versions up to and including Shotcut release 20.09.27, although in that release the webvfx filters were disabled by default. The last release where Webvfx filters were enabled by default was version 20.07.11. DO NOT INSTALL THESE ON LATER SHOTCUT RELEASES
It is not realistic to implement Webvfx on later versions of Shotcut, so please do not post suggestions on the forum to that effect - it cannot be done. Hopefully the text filter capabilities of later versions of Shotcut can be enhanced to provide similar features.