[Solved] How to Use VLC to Trim or Cut a Video on Mac?

By Reuben Zaback - Last Updated: Contact Author

Can I trim video clips in VLC on Mac? The answer is yes. But, how can I trim a video clip using VLC on Mac without errors? This is a frequently asked question because users are bothered by the following problems:

"I am running VLC 1.1.5 64-bit on Mac OS X 10.6.6. On the web I found instructions saying I should click on Video - Advanced Controls in the menu bar to reveal options that let me trim and cut video clips. However, there is no such option in my copy of VLC."

"What I want to do is cut a 2-minute portion from the middle of a two-hour long footage (in MXF format that QuickTime can't open) that I've got."

If you are facing similar problems, or you simply need a detailed guide to walk you through the whole process, the following tutorial will help you to trim unwanted part from the video without any hassle.

Tutorial: How to Use VLC Media Player to Cut or Trim Your Video Clips on Mac

Step 1: Download and install the latest version of VLC for Mac from the official site.

Step 2: Choose the video output directory (where the trimmed video will go to).

  • Launch VLC media player from the Launchpad or application on your Mac.
  • Navigate to the Preferences window which is accessible from the VLC menu at the top bar.
  • Go to Preferences from VLC Menu
    Click the Preferences from VLC menu
  • Click the Input/Codecs tab.
  • Choose a location to store the trimmed file by clicking the Browse button under Record directory or filename.
  • Choose an Output Directory
    Choose an output directory
  • Hit the Save button to comfirm the changes made in preferences.

Step 3: Add the video you want to trim or cut into the playlist.

  • Drag and drop the target video file into the playlist. If it dosen't start playing automatically, you can double click on the video to playback.
Add video into VLC
Drag-n-drop a video into VLC playlist

Step 4: Start Cutting the Video in VLC.

  • Move the playhead to the start point of the video where you want to cut and pause the video by hitting the space bar on your keyboard. You can also click the pause button in VLC.
  • Move Playhead to Select Start Point and End Point in VLC Mac
    Move the playhead to select the start point and the end Point in VLC on Mac
  • Click the Playback from the VLC menu > select Record. At this time, you can see a checkmark appearing next to Record, that means you have selected the start point.
  • Click Record in Playback from the Dropdown menu
    Click record from the VLC Playback menu
  • Press the spacebar again to resume the playback. When the playhead reaches the desired end point, pause the video and click the Record option again.
  • After that, you have successfully trimmed the video, with the part from the start to the end point saved, though there is no notification or any alert.

Step 5: Check the Output Folder

  • You can find the trimmed clips in the output directory you choose in step 2.
Check trimmed video in the target output folder
Check the trimmed video in the directory you set in step 2

VLC as a free media player offers us lots of functions to play around; still, it is not a dedicated video editing software.

You may already noticed that there are several drawbacks to trim or split a video in VLC:

  1. 1. You can only trim the head and the tail off from a video.
  2. 2. You cannot remove multiple sections from the video.
  3. 3. You cannot batch trim multiple videos at once.
  4. 4. You cannot split video into several mini sections at once in VLC.

The VLC trick to trim a video is indeed a process to record the part you want, which is not flexible, nor precise.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Reuben Zaback

Hi, I'm Reuben Zaback and I've been an award-winning editor of Digiarty for four years. Writer by day and reader by night, I share programs reviews and tutorials, multimedia solutions, latest tech trends, devices tips, etc. I geek out over Apple products, sports cameras, drones, gadgets and always look to learn something new. My spare time is dominated by sports rehab and part-time study.

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