I see that the only way to get transparent titles in Shotcut is to import files with transparent backgrounds. I created a title in Power Point and set the background to 100% transparency and saved it as a .png file. When I import it and put it on the timeline on a track parallel to my main video track (2 and 1 respectively) it overwrites the video for the duration of the title frame with a white solid background.
Thanks for the help. I was able to use GIMP successfully. Would be nice to have transparent titles native to the program. One thing was strange - I kept getting an error message when I imported the .png file that it was not a valid file. After I clicked OK several times it imported and seemed to work.
Unless you’re trying to create a very elaborate title there is no need to use PowerPoint or any other third-party applications for titling with Shotcut.
Shotcuts filters are quite capable of creating very good title sequences. @jonray has demonstrated this many times.
If you must use PowerPoint to create titles. A simple workaround would be to set a background color that is unique. Export the file. Open it in Shotcut, use Chroma key simple or advanced and use the color picker to pick the background color. That will make that color transparent.
Yeah I’m going to bookmark this one also. It’s funny that the original question was for an entirely different software by mistake, but this will be a useful thread to refer to. Thanks @Hudson555x and @sauron