How to Trim MP4 (MPEG-4) Video
Maybe you've got some MP4 files that take up too much space on your computer or portable devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod, Xbox, etc.). Let's be honest, do you really need all those hours of video? Couldn't you chop down a few of them to say, 3 minutes of your favorite scenes rather than 90 minutes? So it's pointless to keep the beginning, end or other useless big stuff. What should you do? Using the video editor (Video Editor for Mac) introduced below, it couldn't be easier to trim them.
This video editor features an impressive interface and lossless quality output. Compared with other editing tools, it's tailored to less disciplined people, i.e. you don't have to be acquainted with some techniques beforehand. And your work will be done by just a few clicks at your fingertips. Here we go.
Before we start, please download this MP4 video editor and install. (Both Windows Version and Mac Version are available; here we take how to trim MP4 files in Windows as an example)
Step 1: Add your videos to this MP4 video editor
Two ways available: 1) Click "Import" to load mp4 files from your computer. 2) Drag and drop files to the interface. Then drag a MP4 file and drop to the timeline. Note: if you have several MP4 files, you have to trim them one by one unless you also need to merge these MP4 files together.
Step 2: Detailed instruction to trim MP4 files
You can choose either of below ways to meet your requirements.
- Trim from the beginning or from the ending part. Mouse over the left or right edge of your MP4 file on Timeline, and when the "double arrow" indicator appears, drag to trim to any length as you want.
- Split your MP4 file into several parts and get your wanted clip. Play your MP4 video, drag the slide in the preview window to your desired location, click "Pause", then choose "split", your video is divided into two parts. You can repeat this to get your wanted part then delete the others.
Tips: You can personalize your video clip. Double click the trimmed clip, in the pop-up edit window, you are able to rotate and crop your video file, and adjust some other effects. Also, in the main interface, you can add Text, Effect, PIP, Transition, Intro/Credit etc.
Step 3: Export your trimmed MP4 files
Hit Create button, then you will go to the Output window. You can choose MP4 as the output format, or convert to other formats like WMV, AVI, VOB, MKV, FLV, etc. If you want to share your videos on YouTube directly or burn MP4 video to DVD discs for better preservation, please go for it. Then click Create icon and you are done.
Below is the step by step video tutorial for your reference:
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