How to cut video with OpenShot? [SOLVED]


Written By - Omer Cakmak
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OpenShot is a free and open-source video editing software that can be used to cut, trim, and edit videos on Linux, Windows, and macOS. It provides an easy-to-use interface and a variety of tools to help you create professional-looking videos.

Cutting a video is a basic but essential task when it comes to video editing. With OpenShot, you can easily cut out unwanted parts of a video and create a new video clip with just the parts you want to keep. This can be useful when you want to remove parts of a video that are irrelevant, repetitive, or contain mistakes.

In OpenShot, you can use the razor tool to cut a video clip into two parts, and then remove the unwanted part. You can also use the playhead to navigate to the exact point where you want to make a cut, and then use the split clip feature to split the clip at that point. Additionally, OpenShot provides other tools like fade-in and fade-out effects, audio editing, and transitions to make your videos more polished and professional.

 

First create a new project in OpenShot.

How to cut video with OpenShot? [SOLVED]

 

Then right click on the "Media" tab and select your video file to add the video to your project. Or select "Add Media Files to Project" from the "File" menu.

How to cut video with OpenShot? [SOLVED]

 

After adding your video to your project, drag it to the timeline. You should see your entire video added to the timeline.

How to cut video with OpenShot? [SOLVED]

 

Method-1: With Razor Tool

Click the "Razor Tool"(1) icon from the Menu to trim the video. When you select this option, the mouse cursor will appear as a cut action when you hover over the video(2).

How to cut video with OpenShot? [SOLVED]

 

After trimming the video, you can see it as 2 parts. Delete the part you want to remove from the video.

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How to cut video with OpenShot? [SOLVED]

 

Method-2: Using Slice feature

Play the video until the time you want to cut it. Right click with the mouse.

How to cut video with OpenShot? [SOLVED]

Next, there are three options: Keep both sides, Keep the left side, and Keep the right side. If you want to trim the video clip from the right side, you can select Keep left side.

 

Method-3: Split Clip (CRTL+X)

Another solution to cut a video in the Openshot video editor is to press Ctrl +X or right-click the mouse to open the Split Clip box to cut the video.

How to cut video with OpenShot? [SOLVED]

 

Select the time to start cutting, then press the Start button.

How to cut video with OpenShot? [SOLVED]

 

Press the End button to cut the video

How to cut video with OpenShot? [SOLVED]

 

This is what it looks like on the screen after the video is cut.

How to cut video with OpenShot? [SOLVED]

 

Save and Export Video

Select "Save Project" from the "File" menu and save your project. Then choose "Output Video" from the "File" menu and choose the location and format where you want to save your video file. Then click "Export Video" button, your video will be saved.

How to cut video with OpenShot? [SOLVED]

 

This process may take some time depending on the video format and file size. When the export process is completed, you can access the video from the "Folder Path".

How to cut video with OpenShot? [SOLVED]

You can  use the crop tool to shorten your video as much as you want, extract or select a specific part of the video.

 

Summary

OpenShot is an easy-to-use video editing application. It offers many features for you to trim and edit your videos. In this article, we have explained how to cut your videos using OpenShot with different methods. For more information, you can visit the User Guide page.

Here's a summary of the different methods to cut a video using OpenShot:

  1. Razor tool: Select the razor tool from the toolbar and click on the point where you want to make the cut. This will split the clip into two parts, and you can delete the unwanted section.
  2. Split clip: Move the playhead to the point where you want to make the cut and then right-click on the clip. Select "split clip" from the context menu to split the clip into two parts.
  3. Keyboard shortcut: Move the playhead to the point where you want to make the cut and press the "S" key. This will split the clip into two parts.
  4. Drag and drop: Select the clip you want to cut and drag it to the timeline. Then, drag the edge of the clip to the point where you want to make the cut.

 

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