MP4 Splitter: How to Split MP4 into Parts on Windows/Mac/Online

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

Why in need of an MP4 splitter? There're stacks of possibilities to have large-sized MP4 video files. We shoot significant landscape videos during trip, purchase a digital HD movie or TV show, and so on.

When it comes to uploading or sending those files over internet, the size and duration make troubles. Some sites prevent from uploading a video having bigger size or longer length exceeding the allowable limits. Some sites give a huge space but slow uploading speed commonly happens because of bad network connection or bandwidth limits.

It is advisable to split MP4 files into two parts and more to reduce file size and length or for adding multiple different effects for sharing online without hassle. The below 3 free MP4 splitters could be good to use and we provide corresponding step by step guides.

VideoProc Video Processing

1. Videoproc - MP4 Splitter without Re-encoding

VideoProc is a quick solution for splitting MP4 videos, offering super ease of use experience to process various videos with the support for over 370 formats/codecs, including but not limited to MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, FLV, WebM, HEVC, H.264, etc. It provides a toolbox containing multiple editing tools to help resize video files and enhance image/audio quality. Split is one feature included in this toolbox focusing on dividing a large or long video file into multiple smaller clips. We can choose to split video into segments in a certain number or by every X seconds.

The best part, VideoProc will output every clip split from a video as H.264 MP4 which is supported by virtually all websites. It means that we can split a H.264 MP4 file without re-encoding with "Auto-Copy" feature enabled.

Apart from splitting, VideoProc also offers some other ways to resize video files, such as cutting, cropping, adjusting parameters (resolution, bit rate, frame rate) and so on, while keeping high quality. Moreover, it is available to merge, rotate, stabilize, flip video files as well as add subtitle/watermark/effect, correct fisheye to help generate a better video outcome.

VideoProc Pros:

  • It is an mp4 splitter and joiner and more
  • An mp4 splitter without watermark
  • Split MP4 video without re-encoding and leave your original video quality untouched
  • It can split a video averagely into multiple clips or Split MP4 every x seconds
  • With Level-3 hardware acceleration, it has support for Intel, NVIDIA and AMD GPUs to deliver a great performance to process videos without lagging or choppy problem, even for UHD 4K or high frame rate (120fps/240fps) videos
  • It can further reduce video file size by trimming, cropping and lowering video/audio parameters

How to Split an MP4 Using VideoProc

Step 1. Launch VideoProc and click Video on its main interface.

Launch VideoProc and Click Video
Split MP4 Video - Step 1

Step 2. Click + Video button to import one or more MP4 videos.

Import MP4 for Splitting
Split MP4 Video - Step 2

Step 3. Move to the bottom of the window and click Toolbox. Find Split and select it..

Choose Split - VideoProc
Split MP4 Video - Step 3

Step 4: Double click Split button and you will be led to the setting window.

On the left panel, there's a preview window. Move the green knobs on the progress bar to trim redundant parts. Otherwise, manually input start or end time.

On the right panel, you are allowed to set the number (default: 10) of segments you would like to split MP4 file averagely into or split video every certain (default: 60) seconds. Click Done if you finish settings.

Set segments in Split- VideoProc
Split MP4 Video - Step 4

Step 5: Click Browse button to set a new destination if necessary. Then, click RUN button to get VideoProc split MP4 file.

Start Splitting MP4 - VideoProc
Split MP4 Video - Step 5

Tips:

1. If you want to split MP4 file without re-encoding, please make sure that the original video is a H.264 MP4 file.

2. Auto copy option is enabled by default which copies video/audio without re-encoding (only for H.264 to H.264) so that you can get extremely fast video processing speed and lossless video/audio quality.

2. iMovie – Best Free MP4 Splitter for Mac

iMovie gives almost all that a basic video editor can offer, and MP4 splitting is absolutely one of them. Always quite enjoy iMovie's elegant interface, audio library, chroma-keying tool, and templates for green hands. One does not required to know about video editing before using iMovie. It is generally self-explainsive. But in the name of simplicity and ease of use, this editing software miss some key useful features.

iMovie Pros:

  • A built-in free MP4 splitter on macOS
  • Can flexibly split MP4 videos to a million parts as a user desires
  • No watermark

How to Split an MP4 Video in iMovie?

Step 1. Launch iMovie on your Mac, and click create a new project to import the MP4 video you plan to split.

Step 2. Drag the video to the timeline .

Step 3. Move the play head to the position where you want to split. And then right-click it to choose the Split Clip option. It will just make the video two pieces. If you want to make it several sections, repeat step 3.

split mp4 imovie

Whether you choose to remove some parts or adding varied effects to different part of the video, it's your choice and iMovie has provided all the possibilities.

Besides trimming, Photo app can also do adjusting exposure, changing vibrance, adding filters, cropping size, and more.

Tip: For more solutions to how to cut out parts of a video on iPhone, you can jump to this specific page of ours.

3. Photos App - Best Free MP4 Splitter Windows 10

The built-in Windows 10 Photos app really suprised me to offer a decent MP4 splitter feature to easily split a video file into two parts. With video editing features including video splitting, trimming, resizing, adding subtitles, drawing, 3D effect, adding animated text etc, I must say that this piece of software is a real doer. It is like a one stop solution closely following to video watching and photo viewing. Although limited to basic utilities, it is sufficed to meet simple demands like MP4 video splitting. And it won't cost a dime.

Photos App Pros:

  • It is a free MP4 splitter and joiner and more
  • Split MP4 video without watermark
  • Split MP4 video right away in the middle of right after your viewing

Step 1. Open the Photos App, and find a video added to your new video project.

Step 2. By creating a new video project you can add the video to your editing panel or you can add the video to your existing video project.

Step 3. Drag the video from the project library to the lower editing panel

Step 4. Click on the three dots and select Split.

Split MP4 Windows 10 Photos

Step 5. Then you'll be landed on the Splitting panel with a seek bar to toggle with. Simply drag the bar to reach to your ideal splitting point.

Step 6. Click the "Done" button to settle the change.

Split MP4 into two parts Windows 10 Photos

However, Windows 10 Photos app only allows for splitting videos into two parts at one time. To make multiple segment/clips, you need to repeat the above procedures multiple times.

Clideo - Best Free MP4 Splitter Online

Online MP4 splitting tools gather a large buntch of users as it lets you do the simple jobs right away without waiting for a software to be downloaded. But you'll have to wait for the splitted videos to be downloaded and put up with possible network failure issues. Clideo offers not just a Splitter alone, you get a merger, caption adding tool, video croper and more.

Clideo Pros:

  • Quick access without installing third-parties
  • Split videos accurately by 0.1 seconds
  • Best for one time use for a small video file

Step 1. Go to Clideo homepage and select the MP4 Splitter tool.

choose Clideo Split tool

Step 2. Drag and drop the video to the editing panel or simply click the Choose File button. You can browse for video files saved in local disks, Google Drive, Dropbox, or even an online video with a single URL.

Step 3. Upon importing, you will end up on another page for splitting. Drag the green box on the timeline to decide which part of the video to be kept. On the right editing bar, there are two options - Extract Selected and Delete Selected. Extract Selected means you get the selected part of the video as a nother video copy with the original one untouched. And you should choose this for splitting videos since you may need all parts of the video.

Split MP4 in Clideo

Tip: Almost every online tool has its limit on file size. For Clideo, the maximum size is 500MB. If your video is bigger than 500MB, we would sincerely recommend taking VideoProc as an alternative option.

The Bottom Line

VLC and Quicktime player can also split MP4 videos free in a tedious manner using their cutting features, as long as your video size is relatively small. Otherwise, the process may eat up much of your CPU usage and even freeze your computer. While the listed MP4 splitters above can effortlessly do the job without hassle.

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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