I am running VLC 1.1.5 64-bit on Mac OS X 10.6.6. On the web I found instructions saying I should click on Video->Advanced Controls in the menu bar to reveal options that let me trim and cut video clips. However, there is no such option in my copy of VLC.

What I want to do is cut a ~2 minute portion from the middle of a two hour footage (in MXF format that QuickTime can't open) that I've got.

Is there another way to trim and cut clips of videos in VLC? Or should I use other (preferably free, Free, and open source) software? Thanks.


For some reason VLC has removed options to stream a partial clip from their transcoding and streaming wizards. But the options are still available at the cli.

Here's how I stream a portion of a file, while keeping the original audio and video streams intact (no transcoding done). Times are given in seconds:

vlc in.avi --start-time 65 --stop-time 95 :sout=#file{dst=/home/myser/Desktop/out.avi} :no-sout-rtp-sap :no-sout-standard-sap :sout-keep

With transcoding:

vlc in.avi --start-time 65 --stop-time 158 :sout='#transcode{vcodec=mp2v,vb=4096,acodec=mp2a,ab=192,scale=1,channels=2,deinterlace,audio-sync}:std{access=file, mux=ps,dst=/home/myser/Desktop/out.mpg}'

More info on transcoding here.

  • Since vlc is probably not on your PATH in OSX, you must call it from its app bundle like /Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/VLC or set an alias (temporary or in your .bashrc) like alias vlc="/Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/VLC" – Hraban Jul 17 '16 at 21:04
  • ... but that doesn’t help, since you need some CLI version "cvlc", that I couldn’t find. :( – Hraban Jul 17 '16 at 21:23
  • Use 'cvlc' to use vlc without interface, and if you update .bashrc by vlc="/Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/VLC", use source ~/.bashrc to force reload after your modification. – Mike Apr 9 '18 at 15:04

Yes, Using VLC player on mac to cut a part of the video is possible..


"Playback" in top menu while playing the video and at the point where u want to start cropping, click on

"Record", the tick mark beside Record in the sub menu indicates that the recording is happening, click again when u have to stop the cropping.

OPTION + COMMAND + R to start cropping
OPTION + COMMAND + R again to stop cropping

the cropped video saves to home directory by default in mp4 format

  • 13
    This works on a Mac, but only if you first go into your Preferences and choose what the default folder is for any recorded files. – Asparagirl Dec 24 '13 at 1:54
  • 8
    In order to set the recorded file's location, go to Preferences > Input / Codecs / Record directory or filename. I also had to restart VLC to make it work. – Simon Woodside May 27 '14 at 4:01
  • 1
    For me the default was ~/Music (home music folder) – k00k May 20 '15 at 12:13
  • 2
    BUT it produces stucky video and we have to wait for the recording. So it is not technically "cut the video" – Sibbs Gambling May 28 '15 at 6:52
  • 5
    I'm on El Capitan 10.11.1 with VLC 2.0.4 and my default directory was ~/Movies. – Zach Rattner Oct 24 '15 at 18:01

If you're up for other software, just try QuickTime, it has very nice and easy trim controls, you just drag the sliders at the video progress bar and then there's a trim option (I believe it's Cmd+T).

  • 1
    Unfortunately it is an MXF file and QuickTime can't open it (I will edit my question to reflect that), any other ideas? – hpy Feb 25 '11 at 21:46
  • If you were on Windows, I'd suggest VirtualDub, but I haven't come across MXFs yet.. – slhck Feb 25 '11 at 22:22

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.