I want to extract a clip of a larger video file.

How do I accomplish this?

5 Answers 5


VirtualDub is the best.


If you need to script it, you could use ffmpeg.

To save a single frame:

ffmpeg -i video.mpg -an -ss 00:01:43 -t 00:00:01 -r 1 -s 320x240 video%d.jpg

where ss is the start time, t is the end time (relative after the start). If you want to generate a frame every 5 seconds thoughout the entire video:

ffmpeg -i test.avi -r 0.2 -s 640x480 image%02d.jpg 

where r is the frame rate .2 = 1/5 of the nominal 24 fps.

  • Nice, will have to try that tonight
    – Nick
    Oct 2, 2009 at 10:09

I just did this with Avidemux and found it quite easy to use.


Quickest way (if in Windows) is to use Windows Movie Maker, it should allow you to edit pretty much any video that you can use in Windows Media Player and shrink, clip or anything.


Well My favorite is Video Cutter.

Two features which I love about is

1) Its very Easy

2) supports many video formats

More info here

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .