How to Use VLC As a Video Cutting Tool

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Recently, we discussed how we can use Windows Movie Maker as a video cutter to separate out segments from videos easily. I agree the process to cut videos is very simple, but if you are looking for an even easier way to cut out small video segments and are an ardent VLC media player fan then you could do use it as a video cutting tool too.

One more advantage of using VLC is that people who use other operating systems like Ubuntu, Fedora or Mac and hence cannot use the Windows Movie Maker, can also use the cross-platform VLC to cut out video clips.

You must download and install the latest version of VLC media player if you don’t have it already. VLC is an excellent player that plays most of the multimedia files as well as video discs and various streaming protocols.

Important Note: We have written an amazing guide on VLC called The Ultimate Guide to VLC Media Player. It’s available as a beautiful page as well as a downloadable ebook. And it includes this how-to on using VLC as a video cutting tool as well. So make sure you check that out.

Once you have installed VLC, just follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Launch VLC media player and activate Advanced controls located under the View menu.

activate advance controls

Step 2: As soon as you activate the advanced controls you will see four extra buttons above the normal play/pause button. We will use the first button from the left called the record button. Once you have these controls activated add your video. You can use Open File located under the Media menu, but as you know I always prefer drag and drop method.

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Step 3: Basically we will not be cutting the video here; we will rather play the video and record the segment using the built-in VLC decoder. So seek to the position you want to start your recording and press both play and record button simultaneously.


Tip: You can use the Frame by frame button (the last button from the left in advance control) to navigate to the exact frame you want to start recording.

Step 4: Again press the Record button when you want to stop the recording. The clip will be automatically saved as an MP4 media file type in your Libraries/Videos folder in Windows 7. I am not sure about Windows XP but you can search for it in either My Documents or My Videos. Similar for the other operating systems.

recorded video

Watch the Video: If you’re more of a visual kinda person, then here’s our video explaining the above steps. If you like it, share it with your friends too!

My Verdict

The above trick is amazing but the only downside is that the player records the video frame by frame and thus it’s suitable only for small cuts. You will have to sit and watch the video while VLC is recording in the background, so be sure to make it small.

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  1. The small problem with this method is that VLC saves recorded videos in an uncompressed AVI format, so the file sizes are abysmally large. If the original video is of a well compressed format like Matroska or H.264 MP4, then the cut out video size will be bigger than the original video size.

  2. Fleur says:

    My VLC saves in the .mp4 format even though the input file is an .avi. Does anyone know how I can change the VLC settings so that it does not do the transcoding, i.e. saves the recorded video fragment directly as an .avi ? It is a pain to change it from mp4 back to avi. Often the file gets corrupted in the process.


  3. Bhenderson91 says:

    Mac’s dont Have a “view” option for VLC so im not sure where to go from here

  4. Romy0070 says:

    nothing is happening when i am clicking on the record button.

  5. Webflex says:

    same, files saves in my videos but nothing plays!!!

  6. Max Peck says:

    How do you ” press both play and record button simultaneously”, at the end of stem 3?

  7. bhargav says:

    thanks alot dude

  8. Amira says:

    To record a segment, play to near the desired start point, then pause. Use the frame by frame button to locate the exact start frame. Press the record button and its background becomes light blue. Then press the play button. Press the record button again at the end of the segment to stop recording. The button background turns back to white. The vlc-record-*** file is saved under my documents/my videos in Windows XP. However, I have no idea where it goes in Windows 7. I have even used search on my whole drive and found no evidenced of recorded segments.

  9. mark says:

    I have Windows XP (SP2). I have just cut my video clips in VLC (according to your method). The shortened clips were automatically converted into DiVx, and when I uninstalled it, into AVI. Both versions have NO SOUND! The original clips remain with sound. I’d appreciate advice.

  10. Dinesh Kumar says:

    Thanks dude :)

  11. it’s just saving as an mp3 file. how can i make it an mp4 file?!

  12. Sphinx says:

    Awesome, thank you!

  13. orchid3638 says:

    Thanks a lot! So practical and easy thanks to your instructions!

  14. Rohit says:
  15. j2j2 says:

    i use Cut Video Tool from Moonvalleysoft,
    and i am happy with that,
    there is no format problem, at least in my modest experience, because it does not need to encode, and can also rejoin the fragments, which makes a lot of sense

  16. vyzex says:


  17. Balbir Singh Rawat says:

    Thank you so much .. it was so easy .and i was breaking my head in downloading vedio cutters… thanka again

  18. Shradha says:

    It was very helpful for. I used to use VLC player so many times but dint know about this feature.

  19. anvi says:

    thanks a lot…:)

  20. R Sunitha says:

    thanks for sharing, really good option to cut videos from vlc its very easy

  21. Brainbuster says:

    “You must download and install the latest version of VLC media player if you don’t have it already.” ?? There’s no date on your article. How are we supposed to know which version to download?

    • Firstly, the date is there. Just below the author name it tells you when the article was published. Secondly, we are talking about the latest available version. You can easily check it if you have it or not by going to VLC options and clicking on “Check for update..”’s there in one of the menus, don’t recall which one.

  22. MtaDo says:

    Thanks alot Ash.

  23. Mike says:

    I can successfully create a video clip but it doesn’t play anything when i try to open it.

  24. VS Rawat says:

    thanks for the tip at
    I could learn it from scratch and successfully cut a video from a full movie’s avi file.

    The video of the said portions will be saved in Libraries/ videos folder.
    However, I could not change the location of saved file. changing the location at preferences saves only the snapshot (single pic) to that folder, videos are still saved at libraries/ video.
    Thanks again.


  25. raams says:

    Thnkq soo much…..

    • catherine says:

      I have a video and it is 2hours long but I want to cut the video in between and delete unwanted scene and make it short is it possible pls help I have a presentation

  26. garg says:

    thank you very much

  27. TABRAIZ says:


  28. Mo says:

    Thanks man, it worked. The hell with third party video cutters! VLC is the king.

  29. suja says:


  30. Cultura Caipira Blog says:

    Thanks a lot! Works perfect!

  31. Hemanth Torres says:

    Oh man you rock….. I was downloading all nonsense softwares from internet before reading this….. thanks a lottt….

  32. Alice says:

    Thanks so much this has saved me today! Only one point it didnt same to the videos file on my computer had to search but found it in Documents.

  33. Ankit Rathi says:

    thanks i used VLC as media cutter in window XP the files are saved in my documents->my videos

  34. mrunmayee says:

    thank you so much

  35. mohammad hamid says:

    thank you sooooo much amn, u r great

  36. erohan says:

    I don’t think my VLC player is saying these files anywhere .. I have tried every possible location and even searched for all files created today but could not find anyting …. please help !!

  37. rohan says:

    I don’t think my vlc is saving the files at all … i have tried every possible location and even searched all files created today .. still nothing .. I have windows 7 .. please help .

  38. Ashok Lahoty says:

    Nice work Ashish.I was in search for long Finally I got it Thanks

  39. Bill Norris says:

    Anybody figure out if there is a way to compress the file? I recorded a short two minute clip from a .avi file and the 2 minute clip is over 14MB. Do I have to re-encode it?

  40. Abhilash. says:

    Thank you, it helped me a lot.

  41. iscmarkiemark says:

    thanks my little indian

  42. Sri Navya says:

    thanks for this. its working fine for me. I prepared one video with these steps, i hope this will helpful for some of guys.


  43. Owlet says:

    WOOT gifs all over the place

  44. Relna says:


    Uncheck the checkbox “Show media title on media start”

    Enjoy !!!!!!!!!

  45. Abbasi says:

    Great, thanks man

  46. Marook says:

    How can this be a ‘video cutting tip’??
    The process is to RECORD a live playback of a file!
    What if I have 2 hours and want to cut 1 minute in each end?? Then I need In/Out point.. not to sit and watch for two hours… Sorry, this is a wrong ‘tip’..

  47. Norizan Hassan says:

    Thank you very much for this awesome tip. I cut the YouTube .mp4 files with vlc on Linux OS KNOPPIX 7.2 and it work flawlessley.

  48. boss says:

    awesome wwow,,thank u bro

  49. boss says:

    thankks a lott

  50. Oga says:

    Nice one loser….

  51. Veera Vignesh says:

    As you said i’ve cut a specific section of a video(.mkv) but the problem is i can’t get the sound :( . The cut video has no sound . how to rectify this ??

  52. Jeebus says:

    There’s no way to press both Play & Record at the same time. What’s worse is the half-second lag when Record *is* pressed. Even worse than that is trying to convert to a different format, and nothing happens when you choose a destination folder. It just…sits there. Does. Nothing.

    • GuccizBud says:

      Jesus, would everyone shut the fuck up already with the “press play and record at the same time” bullshit? CLICK RECORD THEN CLICK PLAY, how the fuck else can it be done?!

      • Raven Morgan says:

        You are awesome. I think I’m in love.

        • Farging Bastages says:

          Seriously… Marook…. you’re a fucking Ingrate. Frank… learn the difference between Audio, Video, File Extensions, Any Two Objects, and get back to us. Gucciz… you said what I wanted before me but that’s cool. Raven… you remind me of my wife. I’d do you. Everyone else stop being so fucking stupid, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, and I’m here everyday, twice on Sundays. Thank you!

          • Evie4794 says:

            Did anyone else have the problem of no audio at all on the recorded pieces? And they didn’t save as .mp4, but .avi instead. It’s not a problem for me to use .avi, but I do need my sound. Can anyone help? Thanks.

  53. Nicholas Danaluk says:

    Thanks, when I downloaded the latest version the advanced controls got buried. I appreciate this post.

  54. guest says:

    “Tip: You can use the Frame by frame button (the last button from the left in advance control)” should say “the right-most button in the advanced group”
    Ideally you would have an arrow in the screenshot.

    Thanks for this article.

  55. Roxana says:

    Youre so smart ! Thank you !!! :

  56. Johan Alucema says:

    a way to do this that includes the .srt file ?

  57. AHMEDAMR says:

    it’s done but the video is black only with the sound why ?

  58. sachi says:

    cool – i was irritated by the free video cutter

  59. Miki800 says:

    what year is this from?
    this is not exactly how vlc works nowadays

  60. tavish says:


  61. Phine Code says:

    awesome! this post really helped! ♥

  62. korosareru says:

    thank you so much..

  63. Sanjay Joshi says:

    I could cut a clip can be cut in windows XP also Thanks a lot

  64. saurabh says:

    very helpful.. thanks

  65. Lilian says:

    i can’t see the file. please tell me what to do. thank you!

  66. jan says:

    why no audio? Please help

  67. serpent56 says:

    thank you it is working perfectly

  68. Gaurav k says:

    thanks,, the information worked great for me,,, cut a video in the simplest way.. without any problem

  69. skumarth says:

    Great Sharing of information, I liked it. Thank you so much

  70. Asif Raza says:

    thanks for this, it is really good addition in my knowledge. Thanks for the info

  71. dilan says:


  72. anu anfield says:

    thnx buddy a lot….was stuck on which software to download for recording/cut videos…..

  73. havarka says:

    thx bro, this is what i was exactly looking for!

  74. Yeah says:

    great help. Thank you! people, you can click record button and play button all at once. You just have to click the record button FIRST, then the PLAY button.

  75. yEAH says:

    great help. Thank you! people, you CAN’T click record button and play button all at once. You just have to click the record button FIRST, then the PLAY button.

  76. Tsvetan Stoyanov says:

    PLEASE HELP!!! I did what you suggested, and I cut the video as I wanted, but the recorded quality was horrible (it was all pixeled). What am I doing wrong?

    • you doing says:

      you need to pray for it to GOD from your Heart.You will not see horrible things then.

  77. Asenaca says:

    I just cut a 30sec movie, was fast, thanks for the tip.

  78. Michel Tramble says:

    not useful at all!
    for example, you have to play the whole movie at regular speed just to cut 10 second from the beginning!

  79. WTF??? says:

    “So seek to the position you want to start your recording and press both play and record button simultaneously.”

    Are you a fucking idiot? How the fuck shall I press two buttons simulatenously in a SOFTWARE player?

  80. abhishek says:

    Hiii.. Every One.

    in Step4 ..

    After record video are store inLibrariesDocuments in window 7.

  81. Ragini Bhati says:

    Thanks a lot man!!

  82. Tonka says:

    It is OK but for me record only sound not the picture :-(

  83. Anderson Nguyen says:

    I use this but the videos aren’t even in mp4 file? anyone know an answer?