After all that time spent planning and recording, you know you're in for a few more hours of fiddly editing.
If you're like many screencasters, YouTubers, and course creators I know, much of that editing is spent slicing and dicing the silent parts.
click ... split clip ... click ... split clip ... select the silence ... ripple delete
Over and over. Until you've got something like this...
Hundreds of tiny, fiddly, Hand-Crafted™ cuts.
You've tried all the strategies to make this faster...
These all help, and they help quite a bit! But even with these tricks up your sleeve, removing silence takes a lot of time.
It's still a manual slog.
How about this workflow, instead?
Bye-bye silence 👋, hello free time.
(Or use Recut to record your screen)
Tweak the silence cutoff, the padding between clips, and other parameters.
Everything updates immediately.
Hit Play to hear how it sounds.
You can also export a plain video with the silence cut out.
Got a podcast to edit? Or maybe a long call you want to cut down to size.
Drag that file right into Recut :)
Your original recording is never modified — this is nondestructive editing.
Recut can export the cutlist to your favorite app, where you can do the final edits, audio adjustments, screen annotations, and whatever else you normally do.
You've probably invested a lot of hours learning your current set of tools. Recut won't make you throw them away.
Any apps that can import XML or EDL cut lists should work with Recut.
You can also export an edited .mp4 video or .m4a audio file right from Recut.
It's a fresh copy, with silence removed, and leaves your original recording untouched.
This is an unbelievably efficient way to record a video. I am thinking about what to say (keeping mum), then say it. Then Recut simply removes the pauses, creating a nice smooth video! This is how it looked during editing - the pink pauses were removed by Recut. 👏 @dceddia
If you already have a recorder that makes .mp4 or .mov files, you're all set – drag 'em right into Recut!
But if you, like me, use ScreenFlow for your recordings, it's not as simple.
ScreenFlow records to a proprietary format that other apps can't read – so you have to export it first, and that's slowww.
So Recut comes with a built-in screen recorder.
Record your screen (plus audio) straight to a standard .mp4 file, and when you're done, the file is ready to edit immediately.
As a screencaster, one of the things that kills me is having to re-record a video because I recorded the wrong screen...
...or my recorder decided to switch back to the Built-in System Microphone even though I definitely told it to use my Scarlett 2i2.
I wanted to fix this once and for all.
So Recut's screen recorder has intelligent presets.
With a preset chosen, Recut will select the right display and audio device, every time.
If you forget to plug something in, Recut will warn you, instead of using the wrong device.
The screen resolution is part of the preset, too. So if you like to record full-screen and use a tool like SwitchResX or RDM to set your resolution, Recut will warn if you forget to set it up.
I offer a 30-day money back guarantee. If Recut doesn't suit your needs, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you a full refund.
Recut is a native app built for the Mac, and it runs on macOS 10.13 High Sierra up through the latest Big Sur.
It also natively supports the new Apple Silicon M1 chips, and I've heard from testers that the export is very fast ⚡
Recut doesn't run on Windows or Linux or iOS or Android – sorry!
Nope, Recut is a native app built with Swift, and it's pretty snappy. Give it a try!
Recut can open anything that QuickTime can play. That's most MP4 and MOV files, some AVI files, and a whole bunch of audio formats.
It can't open...
Yes! Recut can open any of the audio formats that QuickTime can handle.
You can export the cut list, or export the edited audio as an .m4a file. (only M4A is supported right now)
Recut exports XML and EDL files for use in apps like Adobe Premiere and DaVinci Resolve, and FCPXML for Final Cut Pro. These contain the cut list to tell the apps where to create clips.
It can also create a ScreenFlow project with all of the cuts pre-applied.
If you just want the video or audio, export an MP4 or M4A with the silence stripped out.
It doesn't yet support transcoding to other formats/sizes/qualities.
Recut is great at finding and removing silence, but it's a very focused tool.
Right now it supports a single video or audio file, and works on one file at a time. It doesn't yet support manually adjusting or removing clips.
Recut does support exporting the timeline of edits to other apps for fine tuning, though, so you can start with Recut and finish with your favorite tool.
Everyone has a different way of working, and it's hard to know if a piece of software will fit until you try it out.
The best way to find out is to download the trial. You can get a feel for how it works with your videos, and take the screen recorder for a spin.
I'm gonna be totally honest with you: Recut doesn't have a lot of features. Not yet, anyway ;)
Here are some things that Recut can't do right now:
As a solo developer with limited time, I wanted to prioritize getting something useful into people's hands now, rather than striving for something perfect in the far future.
If Recut doesn't fit your needs yet, keep checking back! It'll keep getting better.
I created a course and wrote a book on React, along with screencasts and courses at egghead.io.
Making all those hours of screencasts taught me a few things. One thing I learned was I really don't like editing videos.
I created Recut to make the editing process easier for myself and other creators.
When editing is fast, you can publish more often. The tools don't get in your way.
Give Recut a try. See how much it can speed up your editing!
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