VLC media player is perhaps the most popular open source, cross-platform media player. Apart from supporting most common video formats it also has basic video editing capabilities.
It can convert videos to other formats, extract audio from video files, rotate and flip videos and has many useful features. One of these is the ability to cut portions of a video file to create short clips.
You can cut segment of a video to create a separate video file of smaller size. This would help you to cut the relevant parts of a video that you want to keep and discard the rest of the file.
Steps to Cut Video portions using VLC Media Player
Important Point: Install or Update to the latest version of VLC media player for this feature to work correctly.
Open VLC Media Player. Go to the View Menu and click on “Advanced Controls” to activate the advanced control tools.
Now, Open your video file by going to Media menu and selecting Open File (Ctrl+O).
Now, we can use the Recording feature to record the segment of the video which would be saved as a separate file. Once your video is open it would start playing.
Now, Pause the video and drag the slider on the seek bar to the point where you want the recording to start.
Now, Click on the Record button and then immediately click Play button. VLC player is now recording the video.
Wait for the video slider/seeker to reach to the point where you want your extracted video clip to end.
When it reaches that point, click on the Record button again to stop the recording. VLC may take a few seconds to save the recorded video so don’t close it immediately.
Your video clip would appear in the C:\Users\Username\Videos in Window 7 Pc’s. In windows 8, 10 it would appear in your default Video Library folder.
Alternatively, you can search by entering the old file name of the original video, in the search. VLC creates the new file name from your original video’s file name.