Thanks to the rapid development of the filming industry, everyone wants to be a director and film cutter, provided that computer technology is accessible to people of all walks of life. After all, a movie can be filmed and cut within a computer with the help of all kinds of programs, like movie maker, video converter, etc. Here we want to share with you how to trim videos on Windows and lead you to cut your video precisely and efficiently. You are just one step closer to make your own film.

Part 1: Trim videos with Windows Media Player

Undoubtedly, Windows Media Player may naturally come to your mind in the first place. But let me tell you the truth, Windows Media Player is not developed to edit videos so it requires users to install some sort of plug-in to enable the editing function. As a video trimming software for Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8, SolveigMM WMP Trimmer Plugin is a cost-effective plug-in to Windows Media Player. Once you install this plug-in, you can freely trim video with Windows Media Player. Now you can follow the guide here to learn how to trim a video in Windows Media Player.

Step 1: Ready your Windows Media Player.

Launch Windows Media Player and enable the plug-in.Click File > Tools > Plug-ins and choose SolveigMM WMP Trimmer Plugin Home Edition.

Windows Media Player

Step 2: Click Edit File to show the editing buttons.

Edit File

Step 3: Set a starting point and an ending point. Click the triangle icon Add marker to mark your starting and ending points.

Add marker

Step 4: Cut out the selected fragment.

Click the button followed by thumbnail icon to cut out the section that is selected in previous step.

cut the fragment

Step 5: Trim the video.

When all selected fragments are cut successfully, click Trim to finish the task.

Trim the video

Step 6: Save the edited video.

Set a folder to save the edited video before the trimming process takes place.

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After the process completes, you will be prompted a dialog box to decide whether to open the folder with the edited video or not. Choose one based on your own preference. At this moment, you have finished the process of trimming video with Windows Media Player.

Part 2: Trim videos with Leawo Video Converter

If inserting plug-in to Windows Media Player is not your favorite way to trim videos on Windows, you can try the program below to trim videos on Windows. Leawo Video Converter is globally available for users to convert videos from one format to another, edit video, or extract audio from the video within several clicks. This professional program is built in within the Leawo Media Pro suite, a collection of programs including video downloader, DVD burner, Blu-ray ripper etc. A wide range of formats are supported and 6X speed is provided to facilitate the conversion. Also, it features as a powerful video editor if users have the need to trim or crop a video, add effect to the original video, or even turn 2D to 3D within seconds. I will give you an example to show how to trim videos on Windows with Leawo Video Converter.

Step 1: Download and install the program

Click the button below to install this program on your PC.

Step 2: Add the video to the program

On the Convert home page, click Add Video or Add Video Folder to import your video to the program.

Add videos

Step 3: Change the output format

Click Change to locate the target output format and here we choose to trim MP4 video on Windows 10.

Change the output format

Step 4: Trim video on Windows

Click the editing icon at the end of the video and you will be navigated to a editing page, where there are a pane of buttons displayed on the left. From these buttons, you can freely trim the video to desired length, crop the video, watermark the video, or add special effects to the video to make it more live.

Trim video

Step 5: Save the edited video

Click the green button Convert and set a directory to save the edited video on the displayed dialog box. After that, click Convert below to start the process.

Save the edited video

Step 6: Monitor the progress in real time

View the green progress and it will show you the status in real time. As soon as 100% is done, you will have your edited video intact in your folder. You have successfully trimmed videos on Windows so far.

Monitor the progress

Part 3: Trim videos with Windows Media Player

If you are looking for another video trimmer, then Bandicut Video Cutter may be able to meet your needs. Bandicut Video Cutter is a super-fast video cutting/joining software, which is very to use because of the very friendly user interface. With this tool, you can trim any parts of your video quickly while preserving the original quality. You can also extract audio from videos, and save it as MP3 files. Another important feature of this software is its ability to join or merge videos. Unfortunately, Bandicut Video Cutter is not free for use although you can get a free trial to use it. In fact, if you use the trial version of this software, the output videos will include a watermark which is something that you might not like. This software basically trims or merges your videos, and we think $30 it is a bit steep for that price. If you want to use the free trial to trim your videos, follow the steps below:


Step 1: Download and install the software on your computer. When you have installed it, launch it and go to the home interface.
Step 2: On the home interface, click the “Cut” button, and a dialogue Window should open up. Browse for the corresponding video you wish to trim, then click the “Open” button.
Step 3: Set the beginning/ending point of the video by using the sliders, then click the “Start” button.
Step 4: Click the “Start” button to initiate the video cutting. When done, check the video in the save location.

Part 4: Trim Videos with Online Tool

If you prefer not to download and install apps, you can do the conversion job in the cloud directly from your web browser. Clideo is such kind of service, an online tool that you can use to merge as well as to trim videos. As with all online video converters, you will need a strong and steady internet connection for uploading and downloading the converted videos. You should also know that the free version has a limiting maximum file size of 500 MB, but the good thing is the service offers paid tiers (Clideo Pro) if you wish to convert larger files. Clideo Pro will cost you $9 per month for unlimited videos, or $72 per year for unlimited videos. To use Clideo for trim video online, have a look at the steps below:


Step 1: Visit the Clideo website, and from the homepage click “Cut” to open the online video trimmer.
Step 2: When the video re-directs you, click on “Choose file” to open a dialogue box. Browse for the corresponding video you want to trim. The file will be uploaded to the server.
Step 3: When the file is uploaded to the server, you can preview the video. Use the sliders to select the parts you want to save.
Step 4: Once you have confirmed the parts you want to save, click “Cut” and the service should do its job. Upon completion, you will be given a download button.

Bonus: How to Play the Trimmed Videos on PC

After you trim videos, you will need a universal media player to playback any videos or audios. The playback software suite you can always rely on is Leawo Free Blu-ray Player. It supports over 180 video and audio formats for playback, including AVI, MPEG, WMV, WPL, ASF, FLV, MKV, MOV, MP4, M4A, AAC, NUT, MP3, OGM, etc. Just follow the steps below for additional help on how to use the software.

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    Step 1: Import the video

    From the main interface, load your videos or movies from your computer by clicking the “Open File” button, then browsing for it. If you want to load Blu-ray or DVD movies, insert the corresponding disc, then click the disc name on the interface.

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    Step 2: Do settings before the playback

    Click the gear icon on the lower right of home interface and do specific settings from the pop-up panel. The options available include Audio output, Subtitles, Skin, Snapshot, etc.

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    Step 3: Enjoy the video

    After adjusting the relevant settings, all you need to do is enjoying the movie with your popcorn.