How to split a video or audio file with VLC Player

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Have you ever had a really large video that you just wanted to extract a few minutes from or has that masterpiece video that you’ve created been too long to upload to YouTube? Well, in this article I’ll show you how you can do all that with the popular VLC player.

Split a video fileAs opposed to other video trimmer tools out there,  this one is not only a splitting tool but a  free media player, and secondly, it is insanely fast and works with almost any format you throw at it – MP4, WMV,  AVI,  3GP, ASF, MP3,  you name it!

How to split a video file

  • 1.In order to split a video, open it with VLC Player, then click on View at the top and select Advanced Controls. You should now see a bunch of new buttons appear on the main screen.
  • Split a video file

  • 2.Use your mouse to slide along the progress bar to locate the start position of the part to be splitted, then press on the record button. In my case ( See screenshot below ), the video will split as from 02:51.
  • Split video audio progress bar

  • 3.Press the Play button to let the movie or audio play and press the record button again when you have reached the end position. The duration between the two clicks on the record button will result in a new file saved in My Documents.
    • You can also use the keyboard shortcut ShiftR  to Start/ Stop Recording.
    • The file will normally be saved in the same format as the original file.


  • 4.In case you do not see the file in My Documents, you will have to set a location to save the splitted file. Go to Tools > Preferences or access it by pressing Ctrl + P simultaneously. Then click on Input & Codecs and browse for a path next to Record directory or filename.

save split video audio file

The Good

Using VLC Player is a quick way to split a video or audio file. You don’t need to install a separate application just to perform this task. Another thing I like with VLC is the output quality – it is as good as the original file.

The Bad

Despite all its merits, VLC Player has some drawbacks. It lacks some fine tuning controls. If your video requires more precision in cutting (in milliseconds), then VLC Player might not be the right tool. Another problem is that you will have to let the video play while splitting. So, if you have a long video to split, it will take you more time to get the job done.

Are you amazed at the power of VLC player? Check out my previous article on how you can fix audio and video synchronization issue of your favorite movie using VLC Player and grab my free copy of VLC keyboard shortcuts cheatsheet to make yourself a VLC ninja!

Other free tools to split video

In case VLC Player does not satisfy your needs, I have compiled below a list of other free software that you can use to split video or audio files:

Video / Audio splitting toolsFormat Supported
AvidemuxMP4, MKV AND AVI
MPEG StreamclipMOV, DV, AVI, MPEG-4, MPEG-1; MPEG-2 or VOB
Free Video CutterMPEG 1/2, MPEG4, DivX, Xvid, AVI, WMV, Quicktime MOV, Flash video
SolveigMM AVI Trimmer + MKVAVI and MKV
Machete Video Editor Lite AVI and WMV

7 Comments to How to split a video or audio file with VLC Player

  1. Nice tip, but that’s not really splitting video and audio. What you did here was simply record the audio that was currently playing.
    If you really want to split audio and video, try something like MKV Extractor or similar software. You can then move Copy the Audio or Video from the container without re-recording it.
    Imagine recording a 3 hour movie!!

    • I agree with you 🙂 But still, it’s helpful if you have small part to extract from videos. Never heard of MKV extractor, I’ll check this out. Thanks Rudy.

  2. Hey , Thank you very much for this. I did what you said but the file doesn’t have any video just it has sound!!! Why?

  3. Siddharth

    It is quite impressive what you can do with VLC player. I didn’t know you could split videos although I have been using this tool for years!

  4. Ulysses Alves

    I had tryied some video splitter tools but none of them were doing a good job. The funny thing is that I have VLC for a long time and didn’t know it is able to split videos.

    Thank you for teaching me that.

  5. Hi, since i am new to this. if i have AVI Video file that is 1 Hour. which tool i can use to insert tracks where i can shuffle between tracks?

    i am running this video for kids in car. as of now, my kids need to watch the movie from start every time we switched the car off where we can’t just jump to the track they watched last time.

    please support on email amjad.aldari AT Gmail


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