Merging video files together is a basic editing feature in demand. People from time to time need to put two or more video footages and slices together to recreate a compelling work.
There are many video clips that need to be merged together with or without re-encoding for the better viewing experience, for example,
- Short clips shot by iPhone, iPad, Android phones, cameras, DSLR, GoPro, etc.
- Tutorials, training video, presentations, gameplay footages, and the like.
- Separate TV shows and movies downloaded free from online video sites.
- Ripped movie chapters and TV series on DVDs, and others.
Speaking of simplicity about how to merge video files, even some of the well-known programs and applications leave much to be desired.
Merging videos together should not be that complicated. You don't have to glue to Shotcut, OpenShot, Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, or VSDC Free Video Editor.
This article will introduce three handiest, quickest way and flexible video joiners to combine your video clips on Windows 10/8/7, Mac or online.
#1 VideoProc - Merge Videos on Windows or Mac Flexibly
VideoProc is an all-in-one video software for video editing, video conversion, downloads and recording. It enables you to merge video files easily and efficiently on Windows (Windows 7 to 10, 32 & 64 bit) or Mac (OS X 10.6 to the latest version). It has very low system requirements, so it can virtually run on any computer.
VideoProc - Flexibly Cut and Join Any Parts of Your Video Files Together
- Merge separate videos together into a single video file easily.
- Support 8K, 4K UHD, 1080P, 720P, MKV, MOV, MP4, AVI, HEVC, any format and resolution.
- Trim, cut and join videos into one with different options to remove unwanted parts.
- Put together multiple video/audio/subtitle tracks into one single MKV file.
- Level-3 Hardware Acceleration tech speeds up video processing in 47x faster.
- Edit video clips and sharpens your footages for YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, etc.
VideoProc, with built-in powerful video conversion engine, is good at combining video clips that are in different formats and resolutions, without worrying about quality reduction and video audio settings.
Here are the detailed steps about how to merge videos in VideoProc
Step 1. Import the Source Video Files
Download, install and open VideoProc; Click the Video icon on its interface to show the Video screen; Click the + Video icon and select the video you want to merge, or directly drag and drop files into the screen.
Step 2. Choose the Output Format
Choose an output format from the Target Format section. It will combine videos into one without re-encoding if your output settings (codec formats) are the same as the source files.
Step 3. Put the Video Files Together
Check the Merge box on the right side of the window to enable the merge option. Note: VideoProc can also merge videos with subtitles.
Step 4. Export the Merged Video
VideoProc can also cut out your unwanted slices of a clip and merge the remaining segments into one video so that you can get your favorite parts of any footages joined. This is very helpful when you wish to remove a few seconds or minutes of dead time at the beginning of your video, or unpleasant phones/drones/GoPro camera droop at the end. Or you just want to get a shorter video with smaller file size for storage space-saving, sharing to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc. (Learn how to merge iPhone videos >)
Better still, it's quite surprising that this video joiner boasts the "MKV Multi-Track" feature, enabling users to merge multiple videos, audio and even subtitle tracks into one MKV container. If you don't change other video audio settings, the quality of the output will be the same and speed is super fast since it just changes the container format without re-encoding. Follow the steps below to learn how to do it.
#2 Premiere Pro - Good to Combine Video Files on Windows 10
Adobe Premiere Pro is a well-known leading video editing software program. It can run on Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1703 or later, and macOS X 10.11, 10.12 or 10.13. But Mac users are used to other Mac applications, such as Final Cut Pro X and iMovie. So it is more accepted by Windows users.
As a powerful timeline-based video editing tool, it has no problem in combining multiple video clips, mixing audio and video, and merging sequences. Let's see how Premiere Pro merges two or more video clips in a single sequence.
How to Merge Video Clips in Premiere Pro
Step 1. Create an original sequence on Premiere Pro
Download, install and launch Premiere Pro on your Windows 10 PC. Create a sequence (timeline) from the start.
Step 2. Add the video clips into the original sequence
Add multiple video clips to the original sequence by drag-and-drop.
Step 3. Create a master sequence
Select a different video clip that can better represent your target aspect ratio, frame rate and video resolution. Drag and drop it to 'New Item' at the bottom to make it the master sequence.
Note: Before merging, you'd better make sure the clips are almost in the same aspect ratio and frame rate to avoid video cropping and image degradation caused by rasterizing. Otherwise, you should make some settings later that would likely lag your computer.
Step 4. Drag and drop the original sequence into the master sequence.
Just drag and drop the original sequence into the master one and begin your editing.
You can also try to merge video clips in VLC.
#3 Merge Video Free Online - a Totally Free Way
To merge videos together is such an easy feature that even an online tool can satisfy your need. So instead of downloading software to your hard drive, you can certainly choose to merge video online. The method is quite simple.
How to Combine Video Files Online?
Step 1. Open a proper online site
Select an online video merger, such as clideo, onlineconverter and kapwing. Open the page on the official website for video merging.
Step 2. Add files
Choose your source video files and upload them to the online merger. It requires network connection.
Step 3. Select output format
After uploading all files, you should choose resolution, format, or other options for the output file. These options depend on what are provided by specific online video merger.
Step 4. Download the merged file
After the combination is totally completed, you should download the video to local.
Merge Video Offline vs Merge Video Online
|Merge Video Online||Merge Video Offline|
|Since you have to upload your own files to its server, so it has potential safety risk.||Totally safe. Has no risk in privacy leakage; no spyware, adware, malware, virus or plugin.|
|High. It requires fast network for video uploading, previewing and downloading.||No, not at all. All tasks are proceeded offline.|
Support large files
No. Almost every online video merger has a limit on the uploaded file size.
Yes. You can edit any video files are large in file size, bit rate, frame rate, resolution (4K/8K included), etc. VideoProc can process as many files as possible smoothly.
|It depends. But mostly are very slow.||Ultra fast. VideoProc is the No.1 fast solution to convert and edit video. It supports intelligent software and hardware acceleration.|
Support videos, audios and images
|Yes. You can combine video and audio or add background music.||No. Currently you can only merge videos together in VideoProc.|
A complete set of features
|Partly yes. Some online video editor also allows you to compress video, cut video, rotate video, add watermark and so on. But that are in separate tools, so you have to upload your files one more time.||Definitely yes. VideoProc is an all-round video program that can convert, resize, download and record videos. Besides the basic video edits, You can change video speed, extract subtitle, fix A/V out-of-sync problem, convert video to GIF, make M3U8, remove noise, stabilize video, correct lens distortion, etc.|
As you can see from the charts above, joining multiple video clips using desktop software has an edge over merging videos online. Whether you want to combine files for saving or sharing to social media like YouTube, VideoProc can always fill the bill. It is a powerful video processing tool with full hardware acceleration that can also help you
- Edit videos, split long MP4 footages, rotate/flip videos, remove shakiness and background noise, add filters, effects, subtitles, watermarks to clips, to name a few.
- Resize and convert large (4K UHD) video files with high compression ratio and good quality.
- Download videos from Vimeo, Facebook, Dailymotion, or other sites and combine them into one.