I’m DoP and camera man for more than 20 years, but I’m not professional editor. For last two years I film and edit my son’s football (soccer) team games. So, yeap, it is not ‘really’ editing, but I want to bring to You some thoughts about User’s Experience in ShotCut.
My system now is based on Linux Mint 20.2 and ShotCut v.21.09.20, an it is being updated regularly.
All written here is IMHO, and I’m sorry if I wrote something that was mentioned before, or I missed some HowTo’s before posting it.
Renaming or Adding Notes / Comments / Special Names for Clips in Playlist
There is No.4 in RoadMap - ‘clip and playlist tags’, but it also could be fine to be able to rename, mark, comment or add subjective information for every clip in playlist without changing the filename of the clip itself.
To add option to arrange / to sort clips in Groups (Folders)
Maybe tagging from the RoadMap will have this option, but working with large ammount of clips that were bulked in one list - it makes the editing process very difficult in some point…
Keyboard Shortcuts Control
Jumping to desired Time on Source or Project window by entering TimeCode
After entering TimeCode [XX:XX:XX:XX] and hitting ‘Enter’, the cursor still stays at the TimeCode window. If I accidentally will push any number key, it will delete whole entered TC and will move the cursor to some not predictable position. I used to push ‘Tab’ button to leave the TC windows out, didn’t find any better way. If I use mouse, I need to push Left Button of mouse while the mouse cursor is in some ‘empty’ area, 'cause if I’ll push it over the timeline area, the video head (cursor) will move from the desired position. But the situation is worst when I push ‘Tab’ in Text Window of, for example, Text:Simple Filter. It makes Tab Spacing and doesn’t switch to TimeLine Controls. IMHO, it would be better if after pressing ‘Enter’ at TC window the active shortcuts would move to control timeline (Source / Project). Or to create dedicated shortcut for switching between active areas (sub-windows), but in this case there is need to highlight somehow the active (‘sensitive’ to keyboard shortcuts) sub-window.
When other then English Keyboard Layout is chosen, the Keyboard Shortcuts don’t work. Some of them are affected by keyboard layout change. For example, in RTL layout keys like ‘[’ and ‘]’ are switched to ‘]’ and ‘[’. Theese keys are used to set filter’s ‘Start’ and ‘End’. But in RTL layout they mark ‘End’ and ‘Start’.
‘Ctrl+Shft+V’ (that in other programs, like Text Editors) uses, by Keyboard Shortcut Reference, for Paste Text Only without formatting. But after pressing this combination in Text Window of Text:Simple Filter, instead of pasting text, it pastes something to the video track (in History window adds ‘Insert into track’).
Sorry for a long post, I collected theese suggestions for some long time
Hope my English is understandable, I succeed explaining my issues.
Big Thanks to every involved person in this project - it is Great Project and You’re doing Great Job!