How to Cut Video in Windows 10 using VLC

How to Cut Video in Windows 10 using VLC Media Player

VLC is undoubtedly the most popular media player for Windows & macOS users. It is also, one of the first applications that people install on a brand new computer system. While we can go on and on about the list of features and what makes VLC the G.O.A.T among other media players, in this article, we will be talking about a rather not-so-well-known feature instead. It is its ability to cut or trim videos. Very few are aware of the advanced media controls in VLC that allow users to trim out smaller sections from videos and save them as completely new video files. Read below to find out how to trim video in VLC Media Player in Windows 10 PCs.

How to Cut Video in Windows 10 using VLC Media Player

How to Cut/Trim Video in Windows 10 using VLC Media Player

The feature to trim video in VLC can come in extremely handy

  • to isolate certain bits of a family or personal video to post on social media platforms with time constraints,
  • to clip out a particularly exquisite background score from a movie, or
  • to save any GIF-able/meme-able moments from a video.

In all honesty, trimming or cutting videos in VLC is also fairly easy as it involves clicking on a button twice, once at the start of the recording and then, at the end. Having said that, if you wish to perform advanced video editing operations, we suggest specialized programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro.

Follow the given steps to cut or trim video in Windows 10  using VLC:

Step I: Launch VLC Media Player

1. Press the Windows + Q keys simultaneously to open the Windows Search menu.

2. Type VLC media player and click on Open, as shown.

Type VLC media player and click Open on the right pane. How to Cut Video in Windows 10 using VLC Media Player

Step II: Open Desired Video

3. Here, click Media from the top left corner and choose Open File… as depicted below.

Click Media on the top left corner and choose Open File…

4A. Navigate to Media file in File Explorer and click Open to launch your video.

Navigate to your media file in File Explorer. Click Open to launch your video.

4B. Alternatively, right-click on Video and choose Open with > VLC media player, as illustrated below.

right click on a video and select open with and click on VLC media player

Also Read: How to Convert MP4 to MP3 Using VLC, Windows Media Player, iTunes

Step III: Trim Video in VLC

5. With the video now playing, click on the View and choose Advanced Controls, as shown highlighted.

With the video now playing, click on the View and choose Advanced Controls

6. Above the standard Play/Pause button & other control icons, four advanced options will appear:

  • Record
  • Take a snapshot
  • Loop from point A to point B continuously
  • Frame by frame

All of these controls are pretty self-explanatory.

Record, Take a snapshot, Loop from point A to point B continuously, and Frame by frame

7. Next, drag the playback slider to the exact point where you would like the cut to begin.

Next, drag the playback slider to the exact point where you would like the cut to begin.

Note: You can fine-tune (pick a precise frame) the starting point by using the Frame by Frame option.

Click on Frame by frame button to forward the video by single frame. How to Cut Video in Windows 10 using VLC Media Player

8. Once you have decided on the starting frame, click on the Record button (i.e. red icon) to start the recording.

Note: A Recording message will appear at the top-right corner of the Window confirming your action. Record button will carry a blue tint when the recording is on.

Once you have decided on the starting frame, click on the Record button, red icon to start the recording.

9. Let the Video play to the desired End frame.

Note: Manually dragging the slider to the end timestamp may not work when the recording is on. Instead, use Frame by frame option to stop at the desired frame.

Click on Frame by frame button to forward the video by single frame. How to Cut Video in Windows 10 using VLC Media Player

10. Then, click on the Record button once again to stop recording. You will know that the Recording is done once you see the blue tint gets disappeared on the Record button.

Click on the Record button once again to stop recording. How to Cut Video in Windows 10 using VLC Media Player

11. Exit VLC Media Player.

Also Read: 5 Best Video Editing Software For Windows 10

Step IV: Access Trimmed Video in File Explorer

12A. Press Windows key + E keys together to open File Explorer. Go to This PC > Videos folder. The cutout video clips will be available here.

Press Windows key and E keys to open File Explorer. Navigate to This PC to Videos folder

12B. If you do not find the trimmed video inside the Videos folder, it is likely that the default record directory for VLC has been modified. In this case, follow steps 13- 15 to confirm and change the directory.

13. Click on Tools and choose Preferences, as shown.

click on Tools and select Preferences in VLC media player

14. Then, navigate to Input / Codecs tab and locate Record Directory or filename. The path where all the recorded videos are being stored will be displayed in the text field.

15. To change the record directory, click on Browse… and choose the Desired location path, as illustrated below.

Go to Input / Codecs tab and locate Record Directory or filename. To change the record directory, click on Browse… and choose the desired location. How to Cut Video in Windows 10 using VLC Media Player

If you plan to cut a lot more videos using the VLC media player in the future, consider using the Shift + R shortcut keys combination to Start & stop recording and speed up the process.

Also Read: How to Install HEVC Codecs in Windows 11

Pro Tip: Use Native Video Editor on Windows 10 Instead

Trimming videos using VLC media player is a fairly simple task however, the results are not always satisfactory. Some users have reported that:

  • the recording only displays a black screen while the audio plays on,
  • or, the audio does not get recorded at all.

If such is the case with you too, consider using the native Video Editor on Windows 10. Yep, you read that right! Windows 10 does come with a video editor application built right into the operating system and it is surprisingly powerful. Read our guide on How To Use The Hidden Video Editor In Windows 10 to Trim Videos? here.

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We hope that you were able to learn how to cut/trim video in VLC in Windows 10. Also, if you have any queries/suggestions regarding this article, then feel free to drop them in the comments section. 

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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