Edit, convert and encode videos, audio and images with Shutter Encoder

Apr 23, 2020
Updated • May 4, 2020
Software, Windows software

Video editors, photo editors, converters, etc., most of us would've used one or more of these programs at sometime or the other. Shutter Encoder is a freeware application that falls into the category, so let us take a look at the application for Windows.

Edit, convert and encode videos, audio and images with Shutter Encoder

It uses a collection of open source tools: 7-zip, bmxtranswrap, dcraw, dvdauthor, ffmpeg, exiftool, mediainfo, mkvmerge, tsMuxer, VLC, youtube-dl and XpdfReader and makes the features from all these tools accessible from a single interface.

The program's main screen is rather compact: use the browse button at the top to select the files that you want to convert or edit. The application supports audio, image, and video files. The content that you picked will be displayed in the pane below the buttons. Right click on the files you have added, to create a ZIP archive, batch rename them, view their information, etc.

Pick an edit/conversion method from the "Choose Function" drop-down menu.

The first set of options is labeled "Without conversion". Selecting the cut without re-encoding allows you to edit a video, by selecting the start and end point, which makes it useful for trimming a video. The right pane contains options to set the time code and the audio settings.

Shutter encoder video cutter

The video player can be used to play the video, capture a screenshot, select the start and end points. Use the timeline or the arrow buttons next to resume/stop or the In point and Out point fields to precisely select the frames for cutting the video.

Shutter encoder video cut

Substitute the audio of a movie with a different one using the Replace Audio option.

Change videos to a different container using Rewrap, you can choose from MP4, WV, AIF, M4A, AVI, MP4, MOV, MKV, MTS, MXF, MPG, JPG, PNG, TIF. The program supports conforming videos, add subtitles and video inserts. Shutter Encoder is capable of converting audio files to the following formats: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, AAC, AC3, OPUS and OGG.

You can use these codecs for editing: DNxHD, DNxHR, Apple ProRes, QT Animation, Uncompressed YUV. Output codecs that it supports include H.264, H.265, VP9, DV PAL, XDCAM HD422, AVC-Intra 100, AV1, OGV, MJPEG XAVC, MPEG, WMV, HAP, Xvid, and the FFV1 codec for archiving.

That's not all, Shutter Encoder can be used with images. Say for example, if you have imported some pictures for editing, you can select the Image Creation option and choose to save pictures in the PNG, TIF, TGA, TBX and BMP image formats.

Shutter encoder image

The right pane of the Image Creation function has some editing options that let you scale, crop, rotate, mirror the image or adjust the colorspace and color correction. You can even create an image sequence from a video using Shutter Encoder.

Shutter encoder image cropping

If you have a DVD or Blu-Ray player, you can use Shutter Encoder to burn and rip video discs. In addition to this, you can perform analysis of audio files using the Loudness and True Peak, Audio Normalization, Cut Detection and Blank Detection tools. The last option in Shutter Encoder allows you to download videos from the internet.

Once you have selected an option in the program, click on the "start function" button to process it. Before doing that, you can select the destination folder where the output will be saved. You may choose a WeTransfer account, an FTP server to save the files. Optionally, set the program to email you a summary of the encoding process.

Shutter Encoder will open the output folder, plays a notification sound and places a widget on the desktop, when it has completed the process.

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  1. Brian said on January 24, 2024 at 3:53 am

    Your instructions on cutting the video are outdated and no longer apply. Could someone please update them. I really like this program and you do not have to donate. But for software this good who wouldn’t!

  2. JPS said on February 13, 2022 at 3:47 pm

    Having to make a donation is simply not true.I downloaded the full version,where it also said to make a donation.The download occurred first,THEN it asked for a donation.I then just simply X-out that page — so I got the full version without having to making a donation.

  3. V said on April 24, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    This weirdly reminded me of SUPER, old timey converter tool which had a lot of options. I think its still up https://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html and the website appears to be as wonky as it was like a decade back.

  4. Phil said on April 24, 2020 at 6:47 am

    > It is not freeware. They ask for a donation up front.

    Good to know, thank you for reporting in, Anonymous. How does it present the donation request, is it during the install, is it a popup before, during, or after using the program? Are there any limitations in the “free” version? Does it expire at any time?

    > The article does not mention that this needs the Java Runtime Environment to run.
    > The portable version includes the JRE and this makes the download even bigger.

    Another great report coming in, thank you for reporting this, Mike Murphy.

    I wish “freeware” for Windows websites were more upfront. A lot of them are, but a lot of them aren’t, and you only discover these things when you execute the program.

    Any other negatives to this software so I can decide whether to cross it off my list?

  5. Phylis Sophical said on April 23, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    “you can select the destination folder where the output will be saved. You may choose a WeTransfer account, an FTP server to save the files. ”

    Does this mean you can’t save it to your own computer?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 23, 2020 at 5:39 pm

      No, WeTransfer and FTP are just options that you have besides saving locally.

  6. Cianoz said on April 23, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    I’ve tried tons of video converters along the years, but finally I couldn’t find anything better than Handbrake. But this one sounds interesting, worth of a try.

  7. Anonymous said on April 23, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    It is not freeware. They ask for a donation up front.

    1. DrKnow said on April 24, 2020 at 9:04 pm

      There is a “donation slider” under the downloads. Set it to zero and there’s no need for a donation.

    2. Simon said on April 23, 2020 at 7:02 pm

      That’s annoying and misleading. A donation is voluntary. They are calling it a donation,
      but it’s not: it’s a required payment before being able to download it, so it’s a

      1. John Wold said on April 23, 2020 at 11:27 pm

        With javascript disabled I was able to download both the installation and portable versions of the software.

        I have not checked if a donation is required to run the program.

    3. Mike Murphy said on April 23, 2020 at 6:21 pm

      The article does not mention that this needs the Java Runtime Environment to run.

      The portable version includes the JRE and this makes the download even bigger.

  8. ard said on April 23, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Interesting and extensive package for conversions on media files.
    Do you know whether this Shutter Encoder has any connection/relation to the Shutter screencapturing and editing tool?; I do use that for my screenshots with pleasure.

  9. Goblin with a peace pipe said on April 23, 2020 at 8:25 am

    Does Linux even have one video converter with such simplicity?

    I’ve read about “sound converter” and “sound konverter” but nothing about video converters.

  10. Butterstick Cheeseburger said on April 23, 2020 at 8:18 am

    Sounds interesting. How does this compare with Miro Video Converter?

    If only Linux had some decent video editors/converters that didn’t crash, and believe me, I’ve tried them all.

    1. Trey said on April 24, 2020 at 1:47 am

      Converting with the ffmpeg command line is pretty easy when you figure out the handful of things that are used 90% of the time. Even batch loops. There are a lot of tutorials out there. On Windows I end up using command line half the time. I like the total control you get.

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