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Video Trimmer Mac: 3 reliable ways to trim video clips on Apple Mac OS

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Jun 25, 2021• Proven solutions

"I have a Mac and there is a video on it that I need to trim. I need to take a few seconds out of the beginning and a few of the end. Are there any Video Trimmer programs on Mac that does this? If so, how do I do it?"

Whether you have a rather long video and want to trim it to the point that's important so that it can fit on your website, or want to shave it down to separate clips to upload to Youtube, you are going to need a reliable video trimming application to do the work. In this article, we will show you two reliable ways to trimming a video on Mac OS X.

When it comes to trimming tools running on the Mac system, we find there are very limited options for us to choose from. Sophisticated applications like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro are only available for video editing professionals to use, therefore there're even fewer options left for beginners or average users to consider.

Here we'd like to recommend the best video trimmer tool: Wondershare Filmora for Mac, which is considered the best tool to edit YouTube uploads or home videos for users without any video editing skills.

Check out a short video to get an overview of the best video trimmer tool below:

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If you are using a windows, check this video tutorial instead

Besides being a mere video trimmer for Mac that enables you to shorten a video length easily and quickly, Wondershare Filmora also allows users to perform all kinds of basic editing as well as advanced editing work.

Editing features:

  • Edit videos shot with any devices: AVCHD, Camcorder, iPhone/Android, DV/DSLR, Gopro etc.
  • Cut, join, rotate, crop, adjust hue, video/audio speed, change voice
  • More than 300 special effects to add Hollywood-like feel to your movies: animated titles, intro/outro, music/voiceover/sound effects, overlays/filters, motion element, split screen and more

Share the most creative way:

  • Export to local disk or any popular portable devices to enjoy on the go
  • Upload to popular video sharing sites directly
  • Burn to a DVD

Part 1. How to trim videos with Wondershare Filmora for Mac [ 3 Ways]

Filmora for Mac offers several ways to trim clips. Here are the 3 most used ways to trim:

1. Trim Clips with Trim and Split Features Filmora for Mac

Shorten your videos or audio files can be easily done with three steps in Filmora. Let's take a look at how to quickly trim a video file using Wondershare Filmora for Mac.

Step1: Import media files to the media library. After you launch the program, find the "Import Media" butter on the upper left corner of the interface, click to bring up a popup window, there you can choose video clips from your local hard drive.

 Filmora 9 for Mac Import

Step2: Drag and drop the file that you want to trim to the timeline. When done, move the playhead to the beginning part or the end of your video, when you see an icon like  Filmora 9 for Mac Trim icon : just drag the edge to trim the video as you wanted. This will enable you to trim either the front part or then end part.

If you want to trim a part from the middle, you will need to use the split feature. Drag the split maker to the starting point of your unwanted parts:

And then click the scissor buttonsplit icon to first separate your videos into two parts. When done, drag it to the end of the unnecessary part likewise. Click the scissor button again. Choose the middle part and click the delete icondelete icon filmora 9 for Mac.

Step3: If everything is ok, click the "Export" button to save your file.

 Filmora 9 for Mac Export

2. Use Quick Trim Feature in Filmora for Mac

Filmora for Mac also feature a quick trim ability which allows you to trim start and end points with ease. After importing clips to the video track in timeline, press the Playback button in the preview window and zoom in the timeline to get a better trimming precise.

Place the Playhead in the target position and then just right-click the clip in the timeline and then select the Trim Start to Playhead or Trim End to Playhead from the menu to get the parts that need to keep.

Filmora 9 for Mac Quick Trim

3. Use Instant Cutter Tool in Filmora for Mac

Filmora for Mac (Latest Filmora version X) Instant Cutter tool feature allows you to cut large video clips into several parts and then merge them into one video quickly without re-encoding. This tool is very useful when cutting and trimming large 4K videos and action camera videos.

Step 1: Import the large video clips by clicking "Import with Instant Cutter Tool" and then you will see the Instant Cutter Tool window.

 Filmora 9 for Mac Import

Step 2: Click the Add File here to Trim or Open File to import files to the Instant Cutter Tool

 Filmora 9 for Mac Instant cutter

Step 3: You can then trim the video clip with the In and Out slider or by setting the in and out point.

 Filmora 9 for Mac Instant cutter

Trim videos with In and Out Sliders

 Filmora 9 for Mac Instant cutter

Trim videos by Setting In and Out Points

For the detailed guide, you can check How to use the Instant cutter tool in Filmora for Mac to Trim and Merge videos.

Part 2. Trim Videos on Mac with Filmora Online Video Trimmer

If you want to have an online solution, the Filmora video trimmer is a free online tool that can help you trim video instantly. You can upload your video from computer and video link with drag-and-drop. It is easy to use with the slider or just input specific start and end times for precise trim.

It also supports various importing and exporting video format, including .mp4, .mov, .wemb, .mpeg, .flv. More importantly, the exported video is free of the watermark. It is definitely worth a try!

 Filmora Online Video Trimmer

Part 3.Trimming Videos for free by using built-in Quicktime player

If however you will only need to simply trim an intro or end credits of a video clip, and won't necessarily need to do any further editing work, Apple's built-in Quicktime player is a good choice.

It is undoubtedly the most underestimated Mac software Apple offers given the reason that except just for being a simple movie view app, it also allows you to do some very basic editing work such as eliminating needless parts of a video, joining, or cutting your videos etc. A free version can be downloaded from Apple's website, there you will find a very detailed guide teaching you how to use its editing feature.

Best Video Trimming Program— Wondershare Filmora for Mac

To quickly and easily trimming clips, you should download a free trial version of Wondershare Filmora to eliminate unnecessary pieces from your video now:

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Liza Brown
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