macOS High Sierra

Trim a movie or clip

You can use the trimming bar in QuickTime Player to remove or “trim” parts of a movie or a movie clip.

Open QuickTime Player for me

A clip in the QuickTime Player window, showing part of the clip enclosed in the yellow handles, and the rest of it outside the yellow handles. The Trim button and the Cancel button are at the right.

Trim a movie

  1. Choose Edit > Trim.

  2. Drag the yellow handles in the trimming bar. The area outside of the yellow handles is the area to be trimmed.

    Tip: To make more precise edits, click and hold a handle to see individual frames of the clip.

  3. Click Trim.

Trim a clip

If you split your movie into clips, you can trim the clips.

  1. Choose View > Show Clips.

  2. Double-click the clip you want to trim.

  3. Drag the yellow handles in the trimming bar to select the portion of the clip that you want to keep.

    Tip: To make more precise edits, click and hold a handle to see individual frames of the clip.

  4. Click Trim.