Shotcut Video Filter: Persistence

Author: Elusien©2019 ( Licence: MIT

Persistence is a Shotcut Video Filter that simulates motion blur. It is not true motion blur but is similar to what you see at night if you look at a small light, de-focus your eyes then quickly move your head from side to side. You see multiple persistent images of the light. The parameter can be key-framed (see the screenshot below). If you set the parameter to 0% you will see no persistence, if you set it to 100% you will see only the first frame. Try setting it to 50%, then modify the value up ir down to get the effect you want.

Filter Parameters
Name Description
Strength The strength of the persistence as a percentage.

Download: ZIP file


  1. Download the ZIP file above, either by clicking it, or right-clicking and choosing "Save target as";
  2. Extract the Zipfile into your Shotcut filters folder (directory), which is beneath the folder in which Shotcut is installed. For example on Windows systems it may be:
     C:\Program Files\Shotcut\share\shotcut\qml\filters 
    while on linux it may be:
  3. Start Shotcut and the new filter will appear in the list of video filters.



The video below shows the original video in the top left with 3 applications of the filter at strength 25%, 50% and 75%.