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A Completely Detailed Solution-How to Let VLC Trim Video

Author by Penny

Updated on Aug 17, 2023

Can VLC trim videos? How to trim a video in VLC? This is a frequently asked question on Quora. If you have the same need, this article is for you. Here I will show you how to trim video clips using VLC media player. Also, you can trim videos with a simple video editor:

Can VLC Media Player Trim Video?

VLC, as a free media player, is always used to play all sorts of videos. Beyond that, it has a lot of surprising features to use, such as merging videos, converting videos, creating VLC playlist, and so on. However, due to different needs of everyone, there are many people who want to trim video in VLC. In fact, VLC does not support the function of clipping, but by utilizing the VLC recording tool, you can still save any parts of a video in VLC. Curious how? Keep reading to learn how to let VLC trim video step by step.

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Detail Guide on How to Trim Video in VLC

Open file in VLC

Step 1. Open VLC Media Player on Your Computer.

Step 2. Open Video in VLC

Open File by clicking “Media” at the top and then pause the playback.

Choose an output folder

Step 3. Choose an Output Folder

To set an output folder to save the exported video through Tools>Preferences>Input/Codecs> Record directory or filename, last, click “Browse” to select the location for your video and save the setting.

Start to trim video in VLC

Step 4. Preparation for VLC Clip Video

Back to the playback interface, and the click “View” and select “Advanced Controls”. You will see four icons appear in the lower left corner.

Step 5. VLC Trim Video in Progress

Drag the progress bar to the starting point where you want the clip, click the red button and start playing the video at the same time, and VLC will start recording the video. When you want to stop, click the red button again. It will automatically save your recorded video to your customized directory.

How to Trim Videos in Just Three Steps with an Easier Editor

The process of VLC clip video is a bit of complex. If you want an easier way, you can have a try at WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro. It can help you to trim videos in three steps and it supports all videos. In addition, it can trim audio files. Now, let's free download this software to get started.

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Tutorials on How to Cut Video with WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro

Launch the software and add files

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Step 1. Launch This Program and Add File

Open WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro and choose “Converter” to enter a new interface. Then, click “Add Files” at the top of the interface to import files or directly drag files to this interface.

Cut video clip

Step 2. Trim Video Clip

Click on the scissors symbol on the menu bar below the video to open the trimming interface. In the new window, move the two blue sliders to determine where you want to start and end the trimming. Alternatively, you can enter a Start/End time to make the selected points more accurate. Press the “Trim” icon to cut the video clip. The first trimmed video will be displayed below as Clip 1. After that, trim multiple clips with the same steps. Preview each clip if you want, then click “Ok” to return to the previous screen.

Start to trim video

Step 3. Start to Trim Video

Click the inverted triangle mark at the bottom to set an output folder and last hit “Run” to start to export the trimmed video clips.

Tips. Before step3,  you can also click on the “Output Format” icon on the right side of the interface to change video format. If you don't have this need, simply select the format of the original video.


All the above content is what I want to show you about VLC trim video and how to cut video by WonderFox HD Video Converter Pro in detail. The former is useful enough if you don’t mind the torturous process. And if you want to quickly clip multiple video clips at the same time, I highly recommend WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, which can also help you convert file formats, compress large files, download videos and music, record computer screen, make GIFs, and more. Download the software to try it out:

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