10 Best Video Splitter Software (with Detailed Steps)

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Video Splitter is a tool or application which can help us break up a video file, especially a long and large video clip, into multiple parts, so it can be much more convenient to share them to the social network, email or message to friends, edit a video project creatively, or more. And in this guide, we will lead you to figure out how exactly doing it perfectly and easily, by covering 10 video splitter software. If you also wonder how to use it for your job, no worries, and we also listed the detailed steps. Check them now.

Overview of 10 Best Video Splitter Software

  1. VideoProc
  2. iMovie
  3. Final Cut Pro
  4. Adobe After Effects
  5. Adobe Premiere Pro
  6. Shotcut
  7. GIMP
  8. Apowersoft
  9. Avidemux
  10. VLC

VideoProc - Video Splitter without Re-encoding

VideoProc is an easy video editing software running on both Windows and Mac, providing users with a bunch of basic editing features. Split is included obviously. With this feature, you can slice a video clip into multiple equal parts. There will be no file length and size limits. It supoorts all kinds of video formats and codecs, such as mkv, avi, mpeg, xvid, wmv, vob, flv, mov, etc. Splitting a long and large video would be just as easy as pie. What impresses users is its Auto Copy feature which will enable you to split a video without re-encoding.

So why not free download it now, and follow the detailed steps below for how to use it for video splitting?

How to Use VideoProc to Split Video into Equal Parts

Step 1. Run this application on your computer and then click the Video menu to the next page.

choose Video menu from VideoProc homepage

Step 2. Choose the +Video button import the video clip and the output format in the Video column at the bottom.

import video and choose the output format in VideoProc

Step 3. Now switch to the Toolbox column. There choose the Split feature.

choose split feature in VideoProc

Double-click on it and we will go into another page with more features. Firstly, choose which part of this video you would like to split, by moving the green knobs, or setting the start time and end time. Secondly, choose the way how you slice the video. There are two options, ie. Split video averagely into X segments, where X refers to how many parts you plan to split and Split video every X seconds, where X means how long each segment would be.

For example, if you want to split a video into two parts, then you can just select the Split video averagely into X segments and set the X to 2; while, if you want to break up a video into multiple parts and each part is only with 1 minute long, you can simply choose the Split video every X seconds and change the X to 60, and you can split a video into multiple 1-minute parts now.

split the video in VideoProc

After all things above are done, just click the Done button.

Step 4. Now you are back on the homepage, check the Auto Copy feature for no re-encoding, and lastly, just click the RUN button to let VideoProc start doing the rest work.

Tip: You may have noticed that there is a Merge feature in the Toolbox already. This is a tool that can help you combine video segments into a new file. So VideoProc is not just a video splitter, but also a video joiner, right? And you can follow this guide of ours to figure out how to make it: How to Merge Videos Together in Windows & Mac >>


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

Step 1. Open iMovie on your Mac compute and find the video file that you would like to split; if there is no existing project having this clip, just choose the Project > Click the + icon > Choose Movie from the pop-up > Select a theme and name this project > Import Media, and then you can just load your clip into iMovie.

Step 2. Drag the clip to the iMovie timeline.

Step 3. Move the play head to the dividing position, right-click on the file, and find the Split Clip option, by which you just split your video clip into two parts. If you want the clip into multiple parts, just repeat the operation.

how to split a clip in iMovie

Final Cut Pro - Best Video Splitter on Mac

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

Step 1. Drag the video file to the timeline.

Step 2. Move the play head to the frame where you plan to slice and press Command + B. Or you can also find the Blade feature from the pop-up menu in the top-left corner of the timeline, and click the skimmer when it moves to the right frame.

how to split a video in Final Cut Pro

Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro

Since both of them are from the computer software giant Adobe and gain much popularity all over the world, we put them in the same part. But they are still two unique applications. Adobe Premiere Pro focuses more on non-linear video editing, while Adobe After Effects is better at visual effects. And in terms of splitting a video, the detailed operation steps would also be quite different. We will just list them separately.

How to Split Video in Adobe Premiere Pro

Step 1. RUN Adobe Premiere Pro and click File > Import to add the video file, if you have not.

Step 2. Drag the file to the timeline.

Step 3. Find and choose the Razor tool and click on the place where you plan to split. You can also use the shortcut C to call this feature. Honestly, this way will have some trouble in locating the exact frame where you want to blade. So we recommend you another way. Move the current-time indicator (CTI) to find the frame, and then press Ctrl +K on Windows or Command + K on Mac to get the video file split.

How to Split Video in Adobe After Effects

Step 1. Run AE on your computer and click File > Import to add the video file.

Step 2. Drag the video to the timeline at the bottom of AE.

Step 3. Move the CTI to the frame where you want to blade, and then press CTRL+SHIFT+D shortcut on a Windows computer, or COMMAND + SHIFT + D shortcut on a Mac computer. And you just get the job done.

Shotcut - Open-Source Video Splitter

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.

How to Split a Video Track in Shotcut

Step 1. Import the file to Shotcut by Open File function.

Step 2. Drag the video clip to the timeline.

Step 3. Move the play head to the frame where you want to slice, right-click on the timeline, choose Split At Playhead, and you will get the clip into two parts.

GIMP - Split Video into Frames

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? Keep reading and find how to do it.

Step 1. Download and install GAP (Gimp Animation Package) with the following link. Or you will not see the video feature in GIMP.


Step 2. Opened GIMP, go to Video > Split Video Into Frames > Extract Videoframe, and it will lead you to another page.

Step 3. In the new pop-up page, locate the video file at Videofilename.

Step 4. Set To Frame to a number which you prefer. If you have no idea how many frames you want, just click the Video Range button to find more.

Step 5. Set Audio Track to 0.

Step 6. Selected Create only one multilayer image.

Step 7. Make sure the output folder same as the folder that the video file is in.

Step 8. Clicked Okay to start processing.

Apowersoft - Online Video Splitter

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

Step 1. Import files.

Step 2. Click Start Splitting, move the knobs, and click Start Splitting again to finish the first clip. Then repeat the steps for more parts, but you can only have 5 segments.

Step 3. Click Export All to save the split videos.

how to split video online with Apowersoft


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.

Check its step-by-step guide for splitting a video below.

Step 1. Click File > Open to import the video file into Avidemux.

Step 2. It users the A and B buttons to locate the segment which you want to blade. Move the play head to the start frame and click A; then move the play head to the tail frame and click B. Now you have marked the section.

Step 3. Click File > Save to put this section on your computer. And if you want multiple parts, just repeat the operations above.

how to split video in Avidemux

Honestly, this tool is not a serious splitter and just can help you finish the job in a similar way. If you are not a big fan of Avidemux, I would sincerely recommend you choose another proper application.


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 video files?" The answer is Yes. However, the way how we use VLV 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. Anyway, let's find how exactly do it.

Step 1. Open the video file in VLC.

open video in VLC

Step 2. Go to the View menu and check the Advanced Controls feature. Then you will see a new red button.

check Advanced Controls in VLC

Step 3. Play the video, at the same time click the red button, and VLC would start recording the video clip. When reaching the frame where you want to split, just click the red button again and VLC would stop recording.

And now you just slice the first section of the clip in VLC. For more segments, just repeat the same operation above. After all done, you can just go to the record directory folder and find them. If you have no idea where exactly they are saved, do as follows in VLC: Tools > Preferences > Input/Codecs > Record directory or filename.

Honestly, we do not recommend you applying this VLC method, because, obviously, it is kind of tedious, not easy to operate, and takes much time if your video clip is very long.

The Bottom Line

Here you have all the 10 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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