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Best VLC Hidden Feature - Use VLC as Free Video Editor

VLC has long been known as a free media player. But the hidden features in VLC are far more interesting than it being player software. Just to name a few, VLC also works as video editor, DVD ripper, and video converter. But don't expect it to meet all your video editing needs. It is by no means as professional as Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, VideoProc or even Windows 10 built-in video editor - Photos.

We are going to reveal all the video editing features hidden in VLC, and show you how to use VLC to create a movie by rotating, splitting, cropping image, adding text, etc.

VLC Hidden Editing Features
VLC hidden video editing features

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Hidden Video Editing Features in VLC Player

Check out the list below (only visible on computer) for what edits you can do with VLC. In our experience, you better not add text with VLC. There are no options of font style, font color or font size. VideoProc and Photos are two good and free alternatives.

VLC Hidden Editing Features



Crop video from top, bottom, left or right


Cut video through recording a specific range of clip

Image effect

  1. Adjust Hue, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and Gamma
  2. Sharpen, Banding removal and film grain


  1. Color extraction
  2. Color threshold
  3. Negate colors, posterize, gradient, sepia


  1. Interactive zoom [1]
  2. Rotate by 90/180/270 degrees, flip horizontally and vertically, transcope, anti-transcope


  1. Add logo
  2. Add text


Anti-flickering, motion blur, spatial blur, clone, denoiser, anaglyph 3D, mirror, water effect, wave

Part 1: How to Edit Videos with VLC Player?

We put the source link here below for you to free download VLC, in case you have turned to other player software and uninstalled VLC. The links are from VLC official website, 100% safe and clean.

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Step 1: Import video in VLC media player

Open VLC player > click "Media" in the menu bar > Open File > select one or more video clips in local media folder > Open.

To start any video editing in VLC, turn on "Advanced Controls" under "View" in the menu bar.

Step 2: Use VLC to cut or trim the video

1. Drag the playing slide bar to the start point you'd like to cut or trim the video.

2. Click "Record" button and "Play" button, and VLC media player will begin recording the video.

3. Click "Record" button again to stop the recording at the end point of desired video part.

How to Cut a Video with VLC
Cut video in VLC

4. Check the trimmed video clips in Videos library or My Documents folder.

If you want to change the output folder to save the VLC trimmed video, follow this guide:

1. Click Tools > Preferences from VLC menu (for Mac version, go to Menu > Preferences).

2. In the Preferences dialogue box, tick Input/Codecs.

3. In the Record directory or filename section, click Browse to select the export folder.

Change VLC output directory
Change Output Folder to Save Videos Edited/Trimmed by VLC

So technically, VLC media player cuts your video in a video recording way. Besides, if you are running VLC on a Mac computer for cutting a video, there will be some differences from the steps mentioned above, and please refer to how to cut a video using VLC on Mac.

Step 3: Use VLC to merge video

Step 4: Crop video with VLC

There are two ways for you crop video with VLC media player:

Method 1 - Click "Video" in the menu bar > move down to "Crop" > select a specific aspect ratio, like 16:10, 4:3, 1.85:1, 1:1, etc > then video will be cropped for playback at that aspect ratio.

Method 2 - Scroll down to the bottom of the player and click "Show extended settings" in the toolbar > switch to "Video Effects" tab > Crop > set different values in the four positions (left, right, top and bottom) > Save.

How to Crop a Video with VLC
Crop video in VLC

As you can see, using VLC to crop unwanted areas of a video is not easy. You can read here for alternative ways to crop a video on Windows, easily and straightforwardly.

Step 5: Rotate video in VLC

There are two settings for you to change video orientation inside VLC: Transform and Rotate.

From the drop-down list of Transform, you can choose Rotate by 90/180/270 degrees, Flip horizontally or vertically, Transcope or Anti-transcope. Or just turn on the Rotate option and set a specific rotate angle.

Note that enable Transform and Rotate simultaneously only if needed, or you will have to rotate the video at a cropped aspect ratio.

How to Rotate a Video with VLC
Rotate video in VLC

Color correction settings and some others are also available in VLC. But to add text, watermark, or subtitles, VLC is not a good way to go. As we said before, you can't even adjust the font size. If another software with more editing features is still needed, try VideoProc, a non-linear video editor for entry-level user.

Part 2: VideoProc Does What VLC Can't Do [Favored by 90% Beginners]

VLC is absolutely a good free video playing and editing tool. But sometimes it is just not good enough. For example, you can't stabilize shaky video in VLC. As we mentioned before, "Add text" in VLC needs to be improved. Besides, splitting video is not that easy to operate in VLC. Given the editing features VLC lacks, another easy video editor needs to stand by. VideoProc is a good alternative.

Free Download VideoProc to Start Easy Video Editing!
  1. The interesting thing is VideoProc is not only a video editing tool. Just like VLC, it works as video editor, converter, downloader and recorder. Aside from that, a DVD ripping tool is built in as well.
  2. Full GPU acceleration supported! That really rocks when dealing with large-size and long footages, like 4K 60/120 fps video. It relieves CPU of the burden and prevents playback/editing lagging.

Most preferred by entry-level user of DJI drones, action cameras, GoPro series, iPhone, Sony and many more. VideoProc wins popularity for its ease of use, wide range of input/output formats and editing features. Both basic editings and advanced options are included: crop, split, rotate, speed up/slow down, add text/subtitle, filters, color correction, stabilize, denoise, etc. Click here to learn more about easy video editors >

[1] Solutions to can't move interactive zoom in VLC


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Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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