I'm looking for video editing software with a GUI that will fit my needs.

I've downloaded the video of the public comments from our most recent local city council meeting. 17 people gave public comments.

Here's basically what I want to do:

  1. Create 16 breakpoints, separating each individual's comments.
  2. Select/highlight those 17 clips.
  3. Click 'export selected clips to directory'.
  4. Choose the directory and click 'save'.
  5. Go to the grocery store .
  6. Get home & go to the folder on my computer with 17 files named comment-1.mp4, comment-2.mp4, comment-3.mp4, ... comment-17.mp4.
  7. Upload them to my site / youtube / whatever.

I'm using Ubuntu 19.10.

  • I have tried Kdenlive, which just froze when adding a 30-minute video, and I don't know if it has batch export anyway
  • I tried Blender, and couldn't figure out a way to batch export like this. I was able to export clips one at a time, but it was extremely cumberson
  • I'm now using Shotcut, which has made exporting clips one at a time super easy, but I can't figure out how to (or if I can do) a batch export as described above

I've looked at several different articles about editing software, and I can't seem to find this functionality listed. I'm not sure I'm searching with the correct terms.

  1. Is there software for linux / ubuntu that will do what I want (with a GUI)? Which software?
  2. If Shotcut can do it, how?

My preference is open source software. Free, too.

  • I don't need it to go to the grocery store or upload them for me, though that would be great! lol
    – Reed
    Commented Dec 21, 2019 at 17:57
  • Shotcut does it pretty easily forum.shotcut.org/t/export-one-track/7503/3 Just hadn't found the right search terms yet!
    – Reed
    Commented Dec 22, 2019 at 2:06

1 Answer 1


I did it with shotcut. Credit to: https://forum.shotcut.org/t/export-one-track/7503/3


  1. Load video into shotcut
  2. click+drag video down to timeline
  3. move playhead to desired position & Split at Playead (S)
  4. click on a clip I want to export, then Copy (C)
  5. Open Playlist view (from top bar)
  6. press the plus (+) button in the bottom left, at the bottom of the playlist view
  7. Click the export tab
  8. In the 'From' dropdown (where it says Timeline or Source), I choose 'Each Playlist Item'
  9. Click 'Export File'
  10. Choose location, file name, and click 'Save'

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