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 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.

cut the fragment

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: Comparison of Windows Media Player and Leawo Video Converter

By comprising their pros and cons, Windows Media Player and Leawo Video Converter can be summarized in terms of the aspects listed below.




Windows Media Player

  • Provides comprehensive editing options
  • Fast response
  • Needs to insert plug-in
  • Complicated user interface
  • Not able to add watermark
  • Hard to set codec, channel, video quality etc

Leawo Video Converter

  • Fast speed
  • Powerful editing features including trimming, cropping, setting video/audio quality, codec, channel etc
  • Preserves 1:1 output file quality
  • Edit unlimited files
  • Supports offline video editing and conversion
  • Needs to install software


Now you have a more comprehensive idea about these two programs, either from their functions or their user interface. To trim videos on Windows, please try them out and advise which program is your choice and post your idea here.