VSDC 7.1 Upgrades GUI and LUT Editor, Adds New Effects and Custom Shortcuts

The new version of VSDC includes two new video effects, expands the functionality of the LUT editor, and makes video editing more convenient by bringing an improved interface, optimized timeline, and custom shortcuts.

Let’s have a look at each update in more detail.


Matrix effect (PRO)

The Matrix video effect has become available in the list of Special FX so that now you can replicate the raining code from the famous movie trilogy. As you would expect, the effect is fully customizable: you’ll be able to decide whether you want it to consist of alphabet letters or runes; how frequently the symbols should be changing, and how fast they should be falling. On top of that, you can work with the background and foreground ‘layers’ which adds depth to the effect.

Color twist effect

The Color twist effect from the Adjustments menu has been updated and included in the Basic effects window for easier access. As the name suggests, it allows you to adjust colors in the footage by working directly with the GRB color channels and changing tone values for each component. In many scenarios, the purpose of the Color Twist effect is similar to the LUT editor – however, the former option will be much easier to use for basic tasks. For example, you can quickly change cool color tones to warm color tones, create color inversion, and so on.

LUT editor upgrade

The LUT editor has become more versatile, as it now allows for performing color correction of the same object in stages. At each stage, you’ll be able to define a scope of color tones you’re working with and set the desired Hue, Saturation, and Lightness values for them. In other words, if you need to perform correction of several different color tones, there’s no need to use the same histogram – you can create a separate stage for each tone, which is way more convenient.

On top of that, it’s now possible to view color scopes and histograms for each separate scene or object. Finally, you’ll be able to apply fade-in transitions to LUTs and use adjustments for brightness, contrast, gamma, temperature, and saturation values.

Optimized GUI and timeline

In addition to the user interface enhancements, there’s been a series of minor functional improvements as well. For example, you can now quickly trim videos by grabbing side handlers and dragging them inwards.

To streamline the editing process, we’ve also added a storyboard and a simplified version of an audio waveform to the pop-up Cutting and splitting window. If you were looking for a more precise tool to edit videos to the beat in the free version, this might be the best solution for your needs.

Finally, the timeline has received 3 new scrolling modes to help you better control the playhead position when previewing a scene at an increased timeline scale.

Here are the names of the new timeline scrolling modes:

  • Fixed smooth scrolling
  • Adaptive smooth scrolling
  • Scrolling from the timeline center

To switch between them, open the Options menu in the top right corner of the editor’s interface and proceed to Timeline options.

Custom shortcuts

The ability to create custom shortcuts is a long-awaited feature, and we’re excited to finally announce its release. Although VSDC has been supporting a list of commonly used shortcuts for a few years now, the freedom to create your own hotkey combinations will make the editing process more convenient for creators.

To get started, open the general settings, type the desired hotkey combination, and select the action you want to associate it with. If you change your mind, you can always restore the default shortcut scheme.

Subtitle markdown

Those using subtitles in videos can now take advantage of a markdown. Markdown is a feature that automatically creates markers for each subsequent line of subtitles that appears in the scene. To activate the markdown, upload the file with subtitles to the editor, select it on the timeline, and click Add markers in the Properties window. This way, you’ll be able to see each moment on the timeline when subtitles appear and align other objects if needed.

It’s time to download VSDC 7.1

Without further ado, we suggest that you download the latest version of VSDC and see all the updates with your own eyes. Got any questions? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a comment under the release video on our channel.