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Trim Video on Mac: 2 Hassle-Free Solutions

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May 21, 2024• Proven solutions

A while back, I recorded a video on my Mac that I wanted to trim before uploading it on YouTube. This made me realize that just like me, a lot of other people can also find it hard to trim a video on Mac.

The good news is that there are tons of native and third-party solutions that you can use on Mac to perform these video edits. Here, I will let you know how to trim a video on Mac with two smart editing applications.

In this article:

Part 1: How to Trim any Video with Filmora on Mac?

Developed by Wondershare, Filmora for Mac provides a hassle-free solution to edit videos on Mac without any prior technical experience. Filmora is one of the most user-friendly video editing tools that offer a wide range of features in one place.

To trim a video on Mac, you can just upload it on Filmora, and select the parts that you want to save. Later, you can trim the video, and save it in any desired video resolution or format. Here’s how you can use an inbuilt feature in Filmora to trim your videos and make any other edits.

Step 1: Import the Video to Trim on Filmora

Whenever you want to trim a video on Mac, you can just install and launch Wondershare Filmora on your system. Now, you can just drag and drop the video to edit on its interface or go to its File > Import Media > Import Media Files option.

import video

This will open a browser window that would let you load any video file on Filmora. You can also integrate your Media Library and directly load a video from there as well.

Step 2: Trim the Loaded Video on Filmora

Great! Once the video is loaded, you can simply drag and drop it to the timeline at the bottom to start editing.

You can just hover your mouse pointer on the left/right edge of the clip on the timeline until you get the trim icon. Afterward, simply click and drag the edges of the clip to trim the video on Mac.

You can also just place the playhead at the specific frame in the video, right-click, and select the “Trim Start to Playhead” or “Trim End to Playhead” feature.

trim video

Following the same approach, you can also drag the playhead to the middle section and click on the scissor icon on the toolbar. After that, drag the pointer to the other end of the clip and click on the scissor icon again. Lastly, you can press the Delete button to remove any unwanted section from the video.

Step 3: Export the Trimmed Video from Filmora

That’s it! After making all these edits, you can just click on the “Export” icon on Filmora. You can now select a preferred video format and resolution to export the trimmed video. Filmora will also let you select a target location where you want to save the trimmed video on your Mac.

export trimmed video


Part 2: How to Trim a Video on Mac with the QuickTime Player?

If you have been using a Mac, then you might be familiar with QuickTime, which is an inbuilt video player for macOS. While QuickTime is mostly used to watch videos, it can also help you trim them.

The interface of the QuickTime Player is not that easy to navigate compared to Filmora. and it only provides basic editing features. Therefore, if you want to trim a video on Mac with the QuickTime Player, then you have to go through these steps:

Step 1: Load the Video to Trim on QuickTime

Simply launch the QuickTime Player on your Mac and go to its Menu > File > Open File option to browse and load any video to trim.

open video in quicktime

Step 2: Trim the Loaded Video on QuickTime

After the video is loaded on the QuickTime Player, you can go to its Menu > Edit option and click on the “Trim” button to trim a video on Mac.

trim video feature in quicktime

Now, you will get a yellow clipper (a trimming bar) that you can move left/right to select the area you want to keep. The area that is outside the yellow bar would be trimmed by the QuickTime Player.

video trimming in quicktime

Click on the “Trim” button after selecting the part of the video that you want to keep.

Step 3: Export the Trimmed Video from the QuickTime Player

Afterward, you can just go to its File > Export option and select the desired resolution to save the video. You can go to any preferred location on your Mac to export the trimmed video from QuickTime.

export video via quicktime


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Part 3: What More Can You Do with Filmora for Mac?

Apart from trimming your videos, Wondershare Filmora can help you perform tons of other edits on your Mac like a pro.

  • With its AI Portrait mode, you can automatically detect a human figure on the video and remove its background.
  • There are also tons of transitions, filters, captions, and AR stickers in Filmora to elevate the visual appeal of your videos.
  • You can also access an Auto Reframe option in Filmora to instantly adjust the aspect ratio and the overall frame of your videos.
  • Besides adding audio to your Filmora projects, you can also record voiceovers and edit soundtracks on its native interface.
  • Some other advanced editing features of Filmora are pan-and-zoom, green screen, motion tracking, video stabilization, audio ducking, reverse playback, and color matching.

As you can see, it can be quite easy to trim a video on Mac with a tool like Wondershare Filmora. Not just to trim your videos, Filmora can also help you perform all the other basic edits like cropping, splitting, rotating, flipping, and so on. From AI portrait to AR stickers and automatic reframing to color tuning, there are plenty of other options in Filmora that would meet all your video editing needs.

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