Cut Videos with VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is best for not only playing videos from different sources but it can be used as a video editing software. You can cut or trim any videos to create video clips. That means you can select a certain part of your video and cut it out to a smaller clip. You can easily select a beginning point and then an ending point. Then, VLC will automatically cut and save from point A to point B to your PC.

VLC might not be the most advanced video editing software but it can easily cut videos. Advanced video software requires advanced skills to perform even basic tasks like trimming a video. But VLC is simple enough to allow you to trim parts of your videos. You will never have to keep a lengthy video file because of some clips in the video that you really don’t want to delete. Just save your favorite segments and leave out the rest. This will also allow you to easily share videos with friends and family via different mediums.

To cut parts of a video using VLC Media Player:

  1. From your normal VLC screen, using the menu bar go to View > Advanced Controls.
    vlc-advanced-controls
  2. Recording buttons will appear above your normal player control buttons.
    vlc-recording-menu
  3. Open up your video that you are looking to cut.
  4. Play the video or scroll around to the starting point from where you want to trim.
    pointer-marker
  5. At the starting point click on the record button. It is the round red button.
    vlc-record-button
  6. Play the video or move it frame by frame using the “Frame by Frame” button for more accuracy.
    frame-by-frame-button
  7. After you reach the ending point, hit the record button again.

Simplify the cut with the help of hotkeys:

Another way to extract clips from videos is by using shortcut keys or hotkeys.

  1. To begin recording: Press Shift + R
  2. To stop recording: Press Shift + R again.

The player will display “Recording” when you start the process and “Recording done” when you cut it off.

Your trimmed video will be saved in your “My Videos” folder in Windows. In Win 7 it is found under C:\Users\Username\Videos folder if Windows is installed in C: drive. For other OS just visit your documents folder or your user folder and find the default videos folder. You will easily find your edited video there. File names can be something like vlc-record-2013-11-16-14h25m16s-vlc-streaming-audio.avi-.avi if you need to search for it.
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Video Tutorial

81 thoughts to “Cut Videos with VLC Media Player”

  1. When I go to view, I do not get advanced controls, so unable to trim although I just upgraded to the latest version of VLC which is 3.0.8. What can I do? When I press on view, the drop down menu shows the following titles:
    Hide Tab Bar
    Show Previous & Next Buttons
    Show Audio Effects Buttons
    Show Sidebar
    Playlist Table Columns
    Thx for helping out

  2. Thank you for your video instructions – just did not know where to dig it out – only after watching the video – I found it, thank you

  3. This is effectively useless, as it cuts nowhere near where I choose. Surely this can be fixed, as Quicktime does it perfectly, but I prefer VLC for so many other reasons.

  4. Often get not audio.

    All in all, it’s a disgrace that humanity still hasn’t invented good editing software of any kind, so that cheap workarounds wouldn’t even be necessary… Because everyone is such a poser, they can’t bother to make a clear and logical interface, that’s all there is to it. Including not speaking about these things, to keep the idea intact of the privilege and elitism of dealing with badly designed and thought-out things.

    1. Have you, I don’t know, tried Vegas Pro or Adobe Premier Pro? Saying there’s no “good editing software of any kind” is utter stupidity.

  5. Using 3.0.6 just installed, I successfully extracted a 2 min segment of a mp4 video with successful video and sound synchronization and had the extract saved to the Video folder where the original video resided on a W10 64 bit operating system. Used the start and stop controls from the Advanced Controls Menu under View. Worked as stated.

    1. Sounded like a good idea, but not really. My video is 63 minutes long and what I want to trim is at the end so…not waiting around for hour for that.

      1. Just click and drag the “fuel gauge” marker to go to the spot you wish. Works on YouTube, too.

  6. I was able to use this feature. Unfortunately, the clip it created leaves off many seconds of the video! I have tried it multiple times. The video is in MP4 format, so this may be an issue of VLC waiting for the next full frame in the content.

    1. Same here!

      Every time I’ve tried to create a clip, for the first 6 to 11 seconds I get no picture at all, only sound. And I’ve adhered strictly to the instructions, multiple times!

      Really hope this will be fixed.

  7. This is a fantastic facility, BUT there is a problem! If the video comes to an end, or if the user quits VLC, before the RECORD button is pressed to complete the recording, the resulting vlc-*.-wmv.asf file that is placed by the vlc app into the videos folder cannot then be renamed, deleted, moved and ultimately completely cocks up Windows Explorer app. The only way to get rid of it that I have found is to boot into Safe mode, and delete it that way.

  8. VLC is just the best thing. Thanks and congratulations for making this useful program that helped me a lot in these 10 years of use.

    1. My controls are not operating this way. I have been trying to find a way to ask the forum for help and there is not an obvious way. Not sure I can agree this is awesome

      1. Make sure to check the “customize interface” under tools and to place the buttons you want into the interface. A youtube video of using this would be desireable.

      2. It’s definitely not awesome. The UI is awful, this feature is awful. The A-B loop feature is awful.

        Clearly people want to trim a video – set a start and end point and clip out the rest. How is this not a simple use-case and easy feature to implement.

        But we’re stuck with this godawful user experience.

  9. Hello! A couple of years ago, I could cut videos perfectly with VLC, but now the result is a video trimmed without sound. What is the problem? It happens to someone else? I have the latest version installed (in Windows 10).
    Thank you very much,
    Sergei

  10. Yes it works …. but ….. during this DVD playback I did the record thing ……… but ……on playing that segment, the sound and video were disconnected. Is there a bug.fix?

  11. Hi. Just cut the end off a video for the first time. It works great. BUT, when the new video ends, it shoots right back into my video file so all my videos are listed (and playable). How do I stop that happening. If i send the video to someone or share it on Facebook I don’t want them to see all my other videos.

    1. So, you are saying it is opening up other video files? Maybe you can try putting the one that you are trying to share on a separate folder?

    2. in the settings you can specify somewhere that it should stop playing on the very last frame and pause there instead of ending the video.

  12. All I wanted to do was trim a second or two out of the original clip. I cannot seem to do this. I can extract portions of a clip to make new clips, but I cannot trim a clip. Clumsy.

  13. Wow this was so easy … Got it right the first time … Shortened a 60 minute video which I only needed the first 03:30 minutes .. Went to my Video Files ,.. and for sure it was lying there and waiting for me … Thanx

  14. I wish it was as easy as it shows in that video (lol) But for some unknown reason the webm file that i try an convert gets changed to MKV and then wont play in VLC if anyone has some advice as to how this could be resolved that would be awesome. I shall in the meantime continue searching for a solution.

  15. here’s the strange thing about my situation. i edited two videos successfully. got the edited parts in both video and sound. but then on the 3rd and thereafter, all i get is a black screen and audio. i did not change anything after that, and even tried return preference to default. still i get black vid and good audio. how do i get the video to work???

  16. I want to perform a very simple task i.e. assuming that I have a video from A to Z lasting totally 5 min. I want to crop a section B to C lasting 30sec and then further down another section D to E lasting 45sec and then one more section K to L that lasts 45 sec. That means I want to keep the video A to Z without the sections B to C and D to E and K to L, thus the new video will have a duration of 3 min. How can I do that in a simple and quick way??

    1. VLC isn’t that feature rich for such video editing but a simple video editing tool will be able to do what you are trying to achieve here.

    2. Perhaps you want video editing software of which there many out there. This a video player, though full featured, a video player none the less.

  17. This should not be the only solution here, and I don’t see any reason not to simply let us crop the length.

    I’m trying to make a gif that needs millisecond accuracy on its start/end times, and it is less than 2 seconds long as well. But even when it seemed like I hit it precisely at the right marks, I end up with a 0 second long pitch black video, so I’m assuming that it was too short to count as one or… something.

    What’s the deal here? Is there a reason I can’t just say, “here’s the start time, here’s the end time, delete everything that is outside of these parameters or whatever”?

    1. It works as described; unfortunately it can’t be played in Windows Media player or IrfanView.
      Not everybody has VLCMediaPlayer.

      1. How could it work as described yet one not have VLC? This method uses VLC to do the action stated.
        If it worked as described a proper mp4 WOULD play on any standard player.

        Plus there’s no reason not to have VLC, it’s free and multi-platform.

        I have the same issue as many others I get an unplayable black screen that attempts to play for about a second.
        Interestingly, even though the clip is about 3 seconds the timecode is always wrong when I try to play the resulting file. It might say 4 hours it might say 10 min. It’s always different each time I encode. This function seems to be broke.

  18. This is not an appropriate solution that they have provided. If you want to cut multiple sections of a video. You should be able to select all those points using a new VLC interface and then export those time points to a zero frame lossless editor that makes the cuts in seconds – DONE! Ideally VLC could implement zero frame lossless cutting!

    1. Yeah it’s about what I’ve come to expect. Many “added features” in VLC are cumbersome and “twitchy.” It works fair as a basic player that doesn’t hog resources, and its desktop-recording feature isn’t bad, but many of the functions are just plain clumsy. (…and still no screen-click pause after all these years, not since last I checked.)

  19. It’s nice that VLC is actually capable of doing this, but it *is* very clunky. If I want to trim say 15 seconds off the beginning of a 20 minute video, I still have to let it play out for 19m45s as there appears to be no way to immediately scrub to the end of the clip. Not very practical…

  20. Whether it is possible to get a pause in between the cut video. I mean to say, I want to record from A to D and in between A to D I want that B to C is not recorded. There should be single video from A to D leaving B to C in between.

    1. You answered your question within your question, it’s a video PLAYER not a video EDITOR.

      I don’t understand why people keep wondering this about the great , and free mind you, VLC video PLAYER not having good video EDITING features.

      I postulate this: Why would an otherwise fine screwdriver make it so difficult to pound in a nail?

      Because it’s not the right tool for the job. Can you pound nails with a screwdriver? Sure, but not very effectively.

      The better question is “why don’t you use a hammer?”

      Use the right tool for the job at hand and your life will be so much easier. Work smarter not harder.

      Peace.

      1. You did a superb job of explaining “how to” here, even dumbed it down enough for us average Joes to understand. Just reading through a few of these questions, and comments, and then seeing this little “HELLOOO PEOPLE???” comment made me feel the need to commend you on your patience, and thank you for continueing to help out, regardless of the ignorant/arrogant/spoiled individuals that are blind to how awesome this player is for the cost..**FREE!!!** I would bet that many of these individuals have enjoyed much use from this player, after skipping right passed the “donate” button! Again, thank you so much for your time, and help. You can’t please em all, but rest assured, you are very appreciated by the majority for your sevice, and even more so by me, for not becoming discuraged, and giving up..You rock!!
        Good day.

      2. Dear Admin:
        I also have the same issue as all my friends who posted comments here, esp on the lagging part. It’s true that you are a video player and not a video editor but think about something lady/mister, you are SO NEAR that basic little perfect video editor, esp JUST, JUST to resolve that video lagging part. For examole, many of my files are in flv format, the lagging is all it remains to resolve so many issues here.

        Youj are so near to finish it. just the lagging, please.

        Thank you for letting me post this ocmment
        Best Regards
        Wb

  21. I don’t get the same interface. There is no option for ‘advanced controls’, I’m using a mac. Does this make a difference?

  22. i am having the same problem. I thought this was because I was running VLC on my mac so I have now tried running it on a VISTA Windows machine and get the same problem. THe file extension is .AVI-.wav in case that helps get someone to figure out why it doesn’t work.

  23. i have been trimming videos for a while using vlc and it works really well however a avi file that i trimmed today had no sound. why would this be?

  24. I don’t have an “Advanced Controls” option under View on my Mac. Is this another case of our being considered second class citizens? Shame.

  25. this is recording which i know but how to cut part of video like any scam or sexy part from movie using VLC player or in any player or with any resource.

  26. Thanks brother, but when i cut any video so i get first thats audio and after playing audio then play video. I mean if i cut 10 sec a video so that done but when i play so first play audio of 10 sec and after playing audio play video of 10 sec. Please send its solution. Thanks

  27. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to work very well, in some cases it records only the sound, in others the image is idle in the first seconds

    1. I have similar issue on VLC.
      It records the sound on MP3 format and no video. Have you figured out how to record?

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