I have posted before that I have very limited resources for creating quality videos to promote my artistic endeavors. The video editing program I have is an old windows 7 version that does not support the higher quality video of newer versions. With it I created the video that is now part of my Patreon and Kickstarter page. However, I still hope to find something better.
To that end, I downloaded Shotcut, which is supposedly an open source full featured editing program to work with video the way Gimp 2.8 works as a graphics manipulation program. Unfortunately, unlike Gimp 2.8, I found the program to be incredibly frustrating for creating the same type of video that I made with the older program. Basically I create a slideshow of jpeg copies of my artwork with transitions to morph from one image to another. I had high hopes for being able to add commentary to the video since it would be done on the newer computer, but I found that just creating a few seconds of video from jpegs was excruciatingly painful.
I was excited to try making a video progression of my latest painting “Rodeo” that would show the image changing as I added more and more detail. However, just loading five jpeg images of the different stages into Shotcut took almost a half hour. I probably worked for another hour putting them on and taking them off of the video timeline trying to achieve what I did in five to ten minutes with the old program. Granted, some of this time was spent figuring out how the program functioned compared to the older one, but for everything I moved or changed there was at least a minute of wait time when the program quit responding to input. In addition, Shotcut was nowhere as intuitive as Ulead Videostudio was. So, as far as I am concerned, this has been a complete bust, my search continues.