quicktime player

As one of built-in programs on every Mac, QuickTime Player is absolutely one of the most useful tools for regular users. It's more than just a media player, but a versatile tool that can record your screen, edit the videos and share them to Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr, etc.

It means a lot for users who have tight budgets but also need to do some basic video trimming since some video editing tools are so expensive and complicated. If you also want to use QuickTime Player to trim videos on Mac but didn't know how to do it, you can simply read this post and follow it to learn.

Part 1. How to Trim Videos on Mac with QuickTime Player

As mentioned above, QuickTime Player also works as a simple video editor which offers several video editing tools such as trimming, splitting, cutting, flipping, rotating, etc. Yet, if you're not familiar with this software, you may feel confused how to trim clip in QuickTime. Now let's take a look at the detailed guide to remove unnecessary parts of your video step by step.

Step 1 Open your target video file

open video file with quicktime
First find QuickTime app in your Dock or the Applications folder. Open the video file that QuickTime supports. Typically it will open by default with it, if not, just right click the video file and choose "Open With" and select this player.

Step 2 Set trimming segment

find trim option in quicktime
Next navigate to the "Edit" on the menu bar and then choose Trim option. Then a timeline will appear and now you can drag the yellow slider on each end to determine the part you'd like to keep.
Note: 1. You're allowed to preview the video clips you retained by click the "Play" button on the left. 2. To identify the silent fragments of the file, you can just go to the "View" > "Show Audio Track".

Step 3 Start to trim the file

trim video in quicktime
Once you've decided the clip you want, just click the "Trim" button on the top right corner of the timeline, and all the segments that outside the trimming bar will be deleted. You can easily undo it by going to the "Edit" > "Undo Trim".

Part 2. How to Trim Video in QuickTime Alternative – Joyoshare Media Cutter

Joyoshare Media Cutter for Mac is the best alternative to trim video in QuickTime Mac program you can rely on. It's easy to operate with intuitive interface and compatible with all Mac OS systems, ranging from iOS X 10.8 to 10.14.

Besides trimming videos and audios, you can also use this tool to remove unwanted parts, make ringtones for iPhone, merge video clips, extract audio from video file, add background music to the video, etc. The most important part is that it allows you to cut, trim, split and merge video clips at a lightning fast speed without damaging any original quality.

In addition, this video trimmer allows users to trim tons of video file formats including MP4, M4V, AVI, MPG, MPEG, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, RM, HD MOV, HD MKV, etc. You can also export the trimmed video in various formats and devices like Apple iPhones, iPads, Android, Blackberry Bold, Smart TVs, Xbox 360, PSP, etc. You're also allowed to customize the parameters according to your needs, like codec, sample rate, bit rate, resolution, channel, etc.

Highlights of Joyoshare Mac Media Cutter:

Trim video clips fast and losslessly

Support tons of media file formats and devices

Provide many other video editing tools

Available for both Windows and Mac systems

See also: How to Trim Videos on Windows 10

The following is the quick guide on how to trim video on Mac by using Joyoshare Media Cutter software.

Step 1 Launch Joyoshare and add video file to the program

joyoshare media cutter mac main screen
First, you need to import your target video file to Joyoshare Media Cutter after completed the installation successfully. You can simply drag and drop it to the main interface or click the "Open" button to add the file you want to trim.
Note: Joyoshare Media Cutter is specially designed to deal with one single file, so you can only import one file at a time.

Step 2 Determine the trimming fragments to keep

Next it's time for you to decide the cutting segments. You can drag the handles to determine the start point and end point or manually enter the temporal intervals in millisecond.
Note: 1. Click the "+" button to add more source file and cut another clips you want and then click the "Merge Segments" box to merge them together. 2. During the whole process, you have chance to preview the video file in real time.

Step 3 Choose an output mode/format

format interface
Then click the "Format" option and choose an output mode. If you'd like to retain the original quality, we recommend you to choose the first "High-speed mode"; otherwise you can choose the "Encoding mode" to select a preferred format and change other parameters.

Step 4 Trim the video file with Joyoshare

After all the settings are done, you can now click the "Start" button to ask Joyoshare to trim the video file for you as required. A few seconds later, you can check your new video on the destination folder.

May 22, 2019 5:20 PM

Posted by Josh White to Video Cutting

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