3 Great Ways to Trim Videos in VLC in 2022 (Mac, Windows, Online)

Last Updated: 2022. 10. 31

As a free and open-source media player available to both Mac and Windows, VLC Media Player offers you an easy way to cut a portion of video from the entire video through recording.

So, in this tutorial, we will wall you through how to trim, split or cut a video in VLC on Mac, and Windows and offer you a great online alternative as well.

Here’s What You Will Learn:

How to Trim Videos in VLC on Mac

Step 1
Open VLC on your Mac > import the video to be trimmed or cut.
Step 2
Find the starting point where you want to split the video > go to Playback > select Record (shortcuts: Shift+Command+R). > when you get to where you want at the end of the video, click the Stop button (shortcuts: Command). Then the parts of a video will be saved to the Movies folder on your Mac.
Trim or cut videos in VLC using its recording feature

Trim or cut videos in VLC using its recording feature.

How to Trim Videos in VLC on Windows 10

Step 1
Open VLC Media Player > View > Advanced Controls. Then the recording controls shall appear in the interface.
Enable the recording feature in VLC by clicking Advanced Controls

Enable the recording feature in VLC by clicking Advanced Controls.

Step 2
Cut Videos in VLC.

Import the video you wish to trim in VLC > click the play button > find where you want to start from and click the red record button > when you reach the end point where you want to trim or split the video > stop the record button. Then the trimmed video shall be automatically saved as a new video in your Videos folders on your PC.

Trim videos in VLC by recording the start and end of the clip on Windows 10

Trim videos in VLC by recording the start and end of the clip on Windows 10.

Alternative: How to Easily Trim/Split/Merge Videos Online

Well, as you can see, though you can trim or cut videos in VLC, it’s not glitch-free. Some obvious drawbacks are not that user-friendly as follows:

  • VLC uses recording to trim or cut videos, which only works for cutting short clips. If you need to cut 30 mins video from a longer video, nobody can afford to time to wait for hours to play over the part you want to cut in the video.
  • The interface of VLC is outdated. You don’t even see the trimming or split option in there. And you have to control both the play and record buttons for trimming and splitting.
  • If you want to trim a fraction of a video from a video, let’s say 4 secs, you may end up with a video with nothingness and no audio.
  • So, a great workaround to trim, cut, split, and merge videos is using an easy-to-use and versatile online video editor like FlexClip. With FlexClip, you can trim, and split videos with one click within your browsers, with no plugins and experience needed.

    Easily trim, split, cut, and merge videos with FlexClip online.

    Step 1
    Access FlexClip and upload your clips, audio files, and images to FlexClip from your PC or phone.
    Upload your clips to FlexClip

    Upload your clips to FlexClip.

    Step 2
    Trim, split or cut videos.

    Click the plus sign to add clips to the timeline. With a clip selected, you can trim it by dragging its slider inward from two ends. To split or cut the video into two, play the playhead to decide where you want to cut the video, and click the Split icon.

    Add clips to the timeline and split or trim the clips

    Add clips to the timeline and split or trim the clips.

    With FlexClip, you may also layer a clip over a video or photo background and trim this picture-in-picture video on the intuitive timeline as well.

    Trim video overlay

    Trim video overlay.

    Step 3
    Merge videos and add transitions. (optional)

    You can drag and hold to adjust the clips’ sequence on the timeline or select from 200+ trending transitions like liquid and circle, etc. to make a smooth transition.

    Add trending transitions to connect different clips

    Add trending transitions to connect different clips.

    Step 4
    Preview and share the video to your PC, YouTube, Google Drive or Dropbox. A clickable link and an embed code are also available for repurposing.

    Alternatively, if you don’t have time to edit videos from scratch or don’t have design experience like me, you can use FlexClip’s designer-made and fully-customizable video templates, text animations, motion graphics, royalty-free music, and sound effects available. All you need to do is drag and drop your video assets. So, you can create a compelling video for YouTube, Instagram Reels, TikTok, etc. in clicks away.

    Animated Sport Intro
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    Purple Lyrics Template
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    Now, It's Your Move

    So, hopefully, you can easily edit clips with VLC or the more versatile FlexClip online video editor recommended. If you find this tutorial helpful, do share it on your Facebook or Twitter and leave your comments and tag us. Cheers!

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