VLC Media Player is generally used for audio and video playback and conversions. It also supports some simple editing features, like the ability to split videos. Using the "Partial Extract" function in VLC's "Streaming/Exporting Wizard" menu, you can manually set "In" and "Out" times, depending on when you want your video's first segment to end and the other to begin. You will need to run the video you want split through VLC's "Streaming/Exporting Wizard" twice: once for each section of video.
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Open VLC Media Player. If you are splitting a video stored on your hard drive (e.g. an MP4, WMV, MOV, etc.), click the "Media" tab at the top of VLC's screen and select "Open File..." Navigate to your video in the pop-up search screen and click "Open" so the video loads in VLC's playlist. Pause or stop playback.
Click the "Media" tab and choose "Streaming/Exporting Wizard." Click the "Transcode/Save to File" box so a check mark appears and press "Next."
Click the "Select a Stream" box if converting a DVD or a stream saved from the Internet, or click "Existing Playlist Item" if you previously opened a video file on your hard drive. If you are using the "Select a Stream" function, press the "Choose..." button and locate the stream's file on your computer in VLC's pop-up search window. If you chose "Existing Playlist Item," highlight your file's icon in the playlist.
Click the "Enable" button in the "Partial Extract" field near the bottom of the screen. Enter the times in units of seconds you want the video split in the "From" and "To" fields. For example, if you want your first video segment to start at the beginning and stop at three minutes, you would enter "0" in the "From" field and "180" in the "To" field. Click "Next" to enter the "Transcode" menu.
Uncheck the "Transcode Video" and "Transcode Audio" boxes so you do not convert your video segments. Click "Next."
Choose the same format as your original video from the list of options in the "Encapsulation Format" window and click "Next."
Click the "Choose" button, highlight a folder on your hard drive where you want to save your video segments and click "Save." Press "Next," review the "Summary" screen and click "Finish" to save the first segment of video.
Reopen your original video and repeat the steps above. Set your second segment's "From" point in the "Partial Extract" portion of the screen to the same time as your first segment's "To" point. Set your "To" point as the last second of video you want saved. Remember to enter your times in units of seconds. Follow the onscreen prompts to complete the "Streaming/Exporting Wizard" process so you have two segments of video saved to the same location on your computer.
Tips and warnings
- Convert your input video to a different format by clicking the "Transcode Video" and "Transcode Audio" buttons in the "Streaming/Exporting Wizard" and choosing the desired formats. If you are converting for an electronic device or specific program, consult your user manual for the correct formatting options.
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