[2024 New Tips] How to Trim Video in VLC & Its Alternative

This post will show the methods of how to trim a video in VLC on Windows and Mac with detailed guides. Also, the best VLC alternative in trimming video will be introduced too.

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Updated on Apr 19, 2024

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In many cases, we need to trim the video to release it officially. Trimming videos can delete useless material, thus making the rhythm or content of the video more compact.

VLC Media Player is the most famous video player with a long history, most people prefer to use this open-source video player to watch videos, but do not know that it can easily cut videos. If you don't know how to use this function of VLC, please read this post. We have introduced the detailed steps of how to trim video in VLC on Windows and Mac.

vlc media player

At the same time, if you want to know more about video trimming or cutting methods, we also recommend the best alternative to VLC for you. Now, let's dive in!

How to Cut Videos in VLC on Windows 10/11

It is worth noting that VLC is essentially a video player and does not support the precise function of video editings like video trimming or video cropping. But we can record the video we want to leave through the VLC recording function to achieve the effect after cutting.

The following is a detailed tutorial on video trimming in VLC on Windows 10/11.

Step 1. Navigate to the VLC official website and download it according to your Windows system.

download vlc

Step 2. Launch VLC Media Player on Windows and click Media> Open File options to open the video you want to cut.

open file in vlc on windows

Step 3. Click View> Advanced Controls options, and then you will see 4 additional buttons show up on the lower left quarter.

show advanced controls

Step 4. Drag the slider to the frame you want to begin, and hit the red Record button or press Shift+R to start recording.

record new video now

Step 5. Once the slider gets the frame you want your new video to end, hit the Record button or press Shift+R again to end the recording progress.

Step 6. Now Open the Windows File Explorer, and you can find the new video you cut in VLC on its default save path.

find new video in file explorer

How to Trim Video in VLC on Mac

VLC Media Player has strong compatibility that supports it to be used on almost all systems, including Mac. 

Here are the simple steps of trimming video in VLC on Mac.

Step 1. Navigate to the VLC official website and download it according to your Mac system.

Step 2. Launch VLC Media Player on Mac and click VLC> Preference options to open the setting window.

open setting window

Step 3. Hit Input/Codec and click the Browse button to set the Record directory or filename.

set record directory

Step 4. Select File>Open File options to open the video you want to trim in VLC.

open file in vlc on mac

Step 5. Drag the video progress slider to the time point you want to trim from and start recording by hitting Playback>Record.

record new video

Step 6. Hitting Playback>Record again when you want to end the recording, and you can check the trimmed video in the path you set before.

Best VLC Alternative to Trim Video on Windows/Mac

VLC is a famous professional media player that can play videos in many formats. However, as mentioned above, although you can use VLC to trim videos, it has no professional video editing function. Users can only pursue the effect of trimming through the screen recording function provided by VLC. 

If you need software that integrates screen recording, video playback, and video editing, EaseUS RecExperts will be your best partner.

EaseUS RecExperts is a powerful screen recorder that can 

  • capture the whole screen or record part of the screen
  • support massive video formats
  • support recording audio, microphone sound, webcam, and even system sound and video without audio

However, the reason why EaseUS RecExperts can become the best alternative for VLC is that it can not only record the screen but also play video and has easy-to-use built-in video editing tools. You can drag and drop the video to the window of EaseUS RecExperts for playback. When you need to remove unwanted parts from the video or delete some parts from audio files, you can use the trim tool it provides.

Now, let's check out the tutorial on how to trim video in EaseUS RecExperts with great ease.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS RecExperts and click "Recordings" to open the built-in video editor.

Open EaseUS Media Player

Step 2. Click "Import" on the bottom right corner, then add your target video file from your local folder.

Import videos

Step 3. Click "Edit" > "Trim" to trim the video. Here you can even trim the video frame by frame. Finally, save the edited video.

Trim video files


This article discussed how to trim video in VLC on Windows and Mac with detailed tutorials, and some FAQs about VLC media players also showed up. In addition, we introduced an efficient screen recorder EaseUS RecExperts to help you easily edit videos. You can download EaseUS RecExperts and use it to record, play or edit videos easily.


1. Is Cutting Video in VLC Free?

Yes, cutting video in VLC is free. VLC Media Player is a totally free software for every user to use its all functions without payments.

2. Can You Trim a Video in VLC?

Yes, I can trim a video in VLC. Although VLC Media Player has not video editing function, we can use its recording function to create an entirely new video. You can skip the video clips you don't want to keep and only record the video contents you need to reach the effect of cutting.

3. Can I Crop Videos in VLC?

No, you can not crop videos in VLC. Although VLC can trim video according to its record feature, cropping and trimming are different. 

Cropping can change the size of the video frame. This feature is often used to make a part of the video reach a prominent effect or to remove the useless part of the video. But trimming is changing the length of the timeline to simplify the video. 

The VLC does not support the crop feature, so you can not crop videos in VLC.

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