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How to Using VLC Media Player As a Video Cutting Tool

Recently, we mentioned how we are able to use Windows Movie Maker as a video cutter to separate out segments from videos easily. I agree the process to chop videos is very easy, however if you are looking for a fair easier method to cut out small video segments and are an ardent VLC media player fan then you can do use it as a video cutting tool too.

Yet one more advantage of using VLC is that people who use other operating systems like Ubuntu, Fedora or Mac and therefore can’t use the Windows Movie Maker, may also use the cross-platform VLC to cut out video clips.

You will need to download and set up the latest version of VLC media player if you happen to don’t have it already. VLC is an excellent participant that plays a lot of the multimedia files as well as video discs and varied streaming protocols.

Once you have installed VLC, simply follow these easy steps:

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

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Step 2: As soon as you activate the advanced controls you will notice four extra buttons above the normal play/pause button. We are going to use the first button from the left known as the report button. After you have these controls activated add your video. You need to use Open File located under the Media menu, however as you know I always want drag and drop method.

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Step 3: Basically we is not going to be cutting the video right here; we’ll reasonably play the video and record the segment using the built-in VLC decoder. So search to the position you need to start your recording and press both play and record button simultaneously.

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

Step 4: Once more press the Record button whenever you wish to stop the recording. The clip can be automatically saved as an MP4 media file type in your Libraries/Videos folder in Windows 8.1,8,7. I am not certain about Windows XP however you’ll be able to search for it in both My Documents or My Videos. Also similar for the other operating systems.

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The above trick is amazing however the one downside is that the player records the video frame by frame and thus it’s suitable just for small cuts. You’ll have to sit and watch the video whereas VLC is recording in the background, so be sure you make it small.