QuickTime Player 10.x: Shorten a movie or a movie clip

Shorten a movie or a movie clip using QuickTime Player

With QuickTime Player you can quickly remove a portion of the beginning or end of a movie or a movie clip to make it shorter or remove unwanted content. Shortening a movie or movie clip in this manner is called “trimming.” To get started, open your movie in QuickTime Player.

Open and play movies in QuickTime Player

Shorten a movie

  1. In QuickTime Player, choose Edit > Trim.

    The trimming bar appears.

  2. Use the trimming bar to select the portion of the movie that you want to keep.
    • Drag the playhead, represented by a red vertical line, to find the portions of the movie that you want to eliminate.

    • Drag the start and end of the trimming bar, using the yellow handles, to select the portion of the movie that you want to keep.

    • If the start or end of your movie doesn’t have any sound, choose Edit > Select All Excluding Silence to quickly set the trimming region to exclude the silent portions of your movie.

  3. Click the Trim button.

    The movie is shortened to the portion you selected.

Shorten a movie clip

If you split your movie into clips, you can then trim the clips instead of trimming the entire movie. To learn more about clips, see:

Rearrange your movie’s content

  1. In QuickTime Player, choose View > Show Clips.
  2. Double-click the clip you want to trim.
  3. Use the trimming bar to select the portion of the clip that you want to keep.
    • Drag the playhead, represented by a red vertical line, to find the portions of the clip that you want to eliminate.

    • Drag the start and end of the trimming bar, using the yellow handles, to select the portion of the clip that you want to keep.

    • If the start or end of your clip doesn’t have any sound, choose Edit > Select All Excluding Silence to quickly set the trimming region to exclude the silent portions of your clip.

  4. Click the Trim button.

    The clip is shortened to the portion you selected.

Published Date: Jul 12, 2012
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