15 Best Free Video Splitters: Utilities and Software

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

What is the best video splitter to batch save video without quality loss? A good video splitter will help you to cut up the footage into several clips, and re-wrap them into MP4, MOV, MKV or any other format you wish. You can specify the point to split, how long you want the each mini-clip to be, or how many segments you want.

We enlisted 15 free video splitters, including fully-fledged video editing software, and lightweight utilities for quick usage. You can resort to several of them, under following situations and beyond:

  • Cut out a snippet from a video;
  • Split video without re-encoding & at the same bitrate so that file size won't be inflated;
  • Trim and devide multiple videos with lightweight utilities, small tools, or video editors;
  • Specify the length of each clip to split automatically and batch export;
  • Chop up the footage to add something in between...

1. VideoProc – Best Video Splitter without Re-encoding

Platform: Windows, Mac

Formats: MP4, MOV, MKV, F4V, FLV, AVI, VP9, VPX, VRO, WebM, WM, WMP, WMV, etc.

VideoProc is a high quality video splitter and editor. It is lightweight yet powerful, providing users with a handy array of features, including the tools to trim, split, cut videos, batch export clips, grab videos from online to save on local drive, etc. It works smoothly even with 4K/8K videos, highly compressed DJI/GoPro videos, and it supports all kinds of video codecs such as H265/HEVC, ProRes, MPEG-4, H264; and formats, such as MKV, AVI, MPEG, XVID, WMV, VOB, FLV, MOV, etc.

Just download VideoPrroc to your computer and split videos within seconds!

Example of video clips splitted by VideoProc

What do we think about VideoProc:

  • Simple and safe to split videos in all formats
  • Two splitting methods let you split videos flexibly
  • GPU accelerating makes it super fast to trim videos

2. Photos App - Windows 10 Video Splitter

Platform: Windows 10 only

Formats: MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, WAV, and more

Microsoft builds the default video editor right inside the Photos App. It can be used as a free video splitter for the editing purpose, such as removing unwanted sections, or cut out the middle part. If you are looking for a splitter that cut up and save multiple snippets into many videos, scrolling down for dedicated utilities.

Best Video Splitter - Photos App

Video editor missing in Windows 10 Photos app?

Some users might find there is no editing feature under the Create button to call out the hidden splitter tool. There are two possible reasons: 1. Your Photos app is outdated, go update or re-install it from the Microsoft Store. 2. You are running a Windows 10 N versions (OS), and need to download a media feature pack to have video editing capabilities.

3. Windows Movie Maker

Platform: Windows only

Formats: ASF, AVI, DVR-MS, M1V, MP2, MP2V, MPE, MPEG, MPG, MPV2, WM, WMV

If you still have the good old Windows Movie Maker on your computer, you can still turn it into a free video splitter, even if this app is discontinued. It is lightweight and uses a tiny amount of computational resources, making it a nice choice for old and low-spec computers.

split video in Windows Movie Maker

What do we think about Windows Movie Maker:

  • Easy to use
  • Various output formats
  • Crashes a lot
  • Not available for download

4. Shotcut

Platform: Windows, macOS, and Linux

Formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, AVI, MKV, DVI, WAV, MOV, MP4, FLV and more

As a free open source video editing tool, Shotcut supports multiple languages and features GPU acceleration, drag-and-drop video processing, adding effects filters, and other functions. Many of its functions mainly rely on shortcut keys to operate. But if you just want to achieve a simple video splitting, you just need to drag and drop it with the mouse.

split video in Shotcut

What do we think about Shotcut:

  • Simple to use
  • Supports 4k resolution and timeline editing
  • Free and open-source

5. iMovie – Free Video Splitter on Mac

Platform: macOS

Formats: MKV, WMV, AVI, FLV, WebM, DivX, XviD, DVD, VOB, DAV, AVCHD, MTS, M2TS, MOD, TOD, MXF

iMovie is a video editing software running on macOS and part of iLife, a suite of applications on Macintosh computers. The purpose of Apple developing it is helping users to edit their own home movies. And users indeed love it for its simplicity. In iMovie most of the work was done with a simple click and drag, and so is the video splitting.

how to split a clip in iMovie

What do we think about iMovie:

  • Simple to use
  • Clean interface
  • Offers useful video editing features
  • Offers fun movie trialers

6. Final Cut Pro – Best Video Splitter on Mac

Platform: macOS

Formats: AVI, MP4, MKV, WMV, and more

Final Cut Pro is a professional macOS editing software developed by Apple that supports the system's Central Dispatch thread management capabilities and leverages all of Mac's processor cores to edit video as it is imported. Final Cut Pro provides a set of professional tools and a large number of video effects that work with Motion and Compressor to create high-quality HD videos and movies. As for the kind of basic video splitting, you can do it with Final Cut Pro within a couple of clicks.

how to split a video in Final Cut Pro

What do we think about Final Cut Pro:

  • Splits videos in an easy and quick way
  • Offers a bunch of advanced editing features
  • Offers useful video editing features
  • Free with limited features

7. Avidemux

Platform: Windows, macOS, and Linux

Formats: MP4, AVI, ASF, and more

Avidemux is with an easy-to-understand interface and performs very well in basic video editing tasks like splitting, merging, and cutting videos. It is compatible with a wide variety of video file formats like AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, ASF, and more, thus opening up greater possibilities ahead of its users.

It supports process automation which helps in editing shorter videos. The simple cursor movement to mark the start and end can help you proceed with the splitting in an easy manner. With its encoding feature, the job would be much easier in converting the resultant video to different formats for being run on other devices.

how to split video in Avidemux

What do we think about Avidemux:

  • Easy to use
  • Offers basic video editing features
  • Crashes a lot

8. MP4Tools

Platform: Windows, macOS

Formats: MP4

MP4Tools is a software package with MP4Splitter and MP4Joiner. You can run it on Windows, Mac, and Linux. The interface is super simple, you just drag and drop a MP4 file, and add split points. When you are scrubbing through the video, you can either use the slider, or the litter triangle icon next to the time stamp. There will be a list showing the start and end of each clip. When you finish marking down the split points, click Start Splitting. You can force it to split on key frames only in Settings.

Use MP4Tools to split videos

What do we think about MP4Tools:

  • Easy to use
  • Splits video without re-encoding
  • Supports batch converting
  • Only supports MP4

9. VidCutter

Platform: Windows, macOS

Formats: MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV, MPEG, and FLV

VidCutter by Ozmartian is an open source video splitter & cutter. It has a sleek interface, and is straightforward to use. The latest version adds support for use of Pixel Buffer Objects when rendering OpenGL videos, so as to improve large media files processing. The drawback is, VidCutter cannot split multiple parts at once or to save the chopped up sections into multiple videos at one go.

The latest release of VidCutter at Github: https://github.com/ozmartian/vidcutter/releases/tag/6.0.0

Splitting videos in VideoCutter

What do we think about VidCutter:

  • Free and easy to use
  • Simple interface
  • Supports splitting large files and multiple parts

10. JoinerSplitter

Platform: Windows, macOS

Formats: AVI, MPEG, WMV, MP4, FLV, MKV, H. 264/MPEG -4, DivX, XviD, MOV, RM, etc

JoinerSplitter is another free open source video splitter. It is a barebones program that does no more than its name suggests: combining or splitting videos. As another GUI for FFMPeg, this splitter can process 4K files faster than realtime. However, it struggles with newer codecs such as HEVC. It has both English and Japanese localization. Comparing with VidCutter, JoinerSplitter looks more archaic, and less smooth, but it supports save multiple clips upon exporting.

The latest release of JoinerSplitter at Github: https://github.com/Rambalac/JoinerSplitter/releases

Opensource video splitter JoinerSpliter

What do we think about JoinerSplitter:

  • Easy to use
  • Splits videos in a quick way
  • Not very smooth sometimes

11. GIMP - Split Video into Frames

Platform: Windows

Formats: bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, ps, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm, and many others

GIMP, an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program, a free and powerful photo, and image processing and creation tool developed by Peter Mattis and Spencer Kimhall. It supports a total number of effect plug-ins (plug-ins), which are fully comparable to Photoshop, another famous image processing software for the Windows platform.

Even though basically it works as a simple drawing program and a high-quality image processing software, it can also help us with the video file splitting. It may not work like the traditional or common way to blade the clip into several segments but split it into frames. Feel interested? Find how to split a video here.

What do we think about GIMP:

  • 100% Free to use
  • The interface is highly customizable
  • it is lightweight and simple

12. VLC

Platform: Windows, Mac

Formats: ASF, AVI, FLAC, FLV, Fraps, Matroska, MP4, MPJPEG, MPEG-2 (ES, MP3), Ogg, PS, PVA

Even though basically VLC works as a free and open-source portable cross-platform media player, we know that there are some hidden editing features inside it. But I guess that there must be a bunch of users still wondering "can VLC split an MP4?" The answer is Yes. However, the way how we use VLC for video splitting may be quite different from the methods and tools that we have listed. We do it in the way kind of equaling to the recording.

check Advanced Controls in VLC

What do we think about VLC:

  • 100% Free and simple
  • It cannot offer a precision cut
  • It lacks the basic features of video editing

13. Apowersoft - Online Video Splitter

Platform: Online

Formats: AVI, WMV, MKV, 3GP, FLV, MP3, AAC, OGG, MP4, etc

Personally, I am a big fan of online tools, too. It mostly simplifies itself in one user need, with a strong purpose and ease of use. It requires no downloading any installation file. And so is this Apowersoft tool. With only three steps or just clicks, you can make the job done.

how to split video online with Apowersoft

What do we think about Apowersoft:

  • Simple to use
  • Highly customizable
  • Offers basic video editing features

14. Split-Video

Platform: Online

Formats: MP4,WEBM,MOV,FLV,3GP,M4V,MPG,MPEG,MKV,AVI,WMV,MV,DV,ASF,3G2

Split-Video is an easy to use online video splitter using HTML5 technology. If you have a good network connection, and the video file waiting to be chopped isn't extremely large, then you can go to this tool. It offers you four modes of splitting: split manually, split by time, split by file size, or split into average mini-clips.

free video splitter online

What do we think about Split-Video:

  • Online tools without installing
  • Offers various splitting options
  • The speed depends on your Internect connection

15. Veed.io Video Splitter

Platform: Online

Formats: MP4,WEBM,MOV,FLV,AVI,WMV,MV,DV,ASF,3G2 and more

Veed Video Splitter is intended for video editing. Unlike the above online video splitter, Veed tool doesn't allow you to split and export video as multiple segments. It is programmed in a way to cut out unwanted sections of your video, or to split and rearrange the order of each clip. Besides splitting, you can also add filters, text and elements, change speed, apply filters to enhance the video.

Veed Video: free video splitter online

What do we think about Veed:

  • Online and free to use
  • Supports almost all video formats
  • The process can crash if the network is unstable

Tips: Free Video Splitters We Don't Recommend

Easy Video Splitter

Easy Video Splitter by DoEasier.org has been recommended in many related forums and articles. However, our test shows that Easy Video Splitter only allows 7 days free trial, and the register page in its official site is obsolete. It is almost clear that the developer has abandoned this tool, and there is no recent update. You can skip this tool for sure.

Easy Video Splitter Interface

Free Video Splitter

Free video splitter is more of a video cutter, as the split feature it refers to are actually cutting and trimming, so that you can remove unwanted part from a video. During our test, this free tool works with a limited range of formats and low resolutions videos. When it comes to 4K HEVC video, the preview window isn't working or becomes choppy.

Free Video Splitter Interface

MediaMux

MediaMux is an open source windows utility to split videos and do converting and muxing tasks. It is based on FFmpeg and .net 4.5, and we don't recommend this tool because it requires some coding knowledge. Despite its graphical user interface, it still requires you to enter command lines to start splitting a video.

MediaMux Interface

The Bottom Line

Here you have all the 15 video splitters. According to your personal preference and where you are doing your project, choose the perfect one. For example, if you are editing your video file in Adobe Premiere Pro, just take the steps which we have listed in the corresponding part, and there is no need to choose some other tools. But if you have no idea which one you get, VideoProc is strongly recommended. And you can download it from the buttons below.

About The Author

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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