How to Trim MP4 Videos

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How to trim MP4 on a desktop PC

Edited by Ben Jacklin
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Have a clip in MP4 format you want to split into multiple parts? Need to quickly trim an MP4 file? Try Movavi Video Editor! The program’s Blade tool allows you to make as many frame-precise cuts as you want.

Movavi Video Editor is not only an MP4 video trimmer but also a simple yet powerful video editing program that lets you create awesome videos in a wink. Use tons of built-in effects and transitions, streamline the video-making process with AI, and polish the sound to unleash your creativity and create engaging content.

Here’s how to trim MP4 videos with Movavi Video Editor’s Blade tool:

Step 1. Download and install the program

Download the installer, launch it, and follow the onscreen instructions.

Step 2. Add the video file

Click the Add Files button or drag-and-drop the video into the program window. Then drag it to the Timeline to start editing.

Add your media files to the MP4 trimmer

Step 3. Trim the video

There are two ways to cut out unwanted parts from your video with this MP4 trimmer.

If you want to delete one or two parts of the clip, you’ll have to use the splitting tool. Drag the red marker to the point where the unwanted fragment starts, then click Split. After that, find the point where the cutout should end and click the same icon again. Finally, select the unwanted piece and click Delete.

Move the red marker to the place where you want to cut you MP4 video

For deleting multiple fragments, use the Blade tool. Click its icon and wait until the white marker starts moving along the clip. Click the left mouse button each time you want to make a cut. Then select all the fragments you want to delete and click the Delete icon. To remove the remaining gaps, right-click one of them and choose either Delete Gap or Delete All Gaps.

Trim your MP4 video if you want to shorten it

Step 4. Save the result

Click the Export button. In the window that opens, you can choose the output format, quality, and where to save the result. When you’re done with the settings, click Start.

Export the result from the MP4 cutter

How to trim MP4 on a phone

If the video you want to edit is on your phone, you can cut out unwanted parts using Movavi Clips. It’s a free cross-platform video-editing app for both Android and iOS devices. It doesn’t matter if you use a phone or a tablet – the app runs great on any device. Trimming videos isn’t its only feature: Movavi Clips also lets you add audio to your video, apply effects, stickers, filters and transitions, change the video speed, and do many other cool editing tricks with your videos. It’s totally add-free. The Premium subscription lets you save your videos with no watermarks and includes additional features like voice-over, overlaying several videos, and over 1000 premium music tracks. Get the app from one of the stores below and then follow the instructions.

Start by launching the app. Then, tap the Plus icon, locate and select the video you want to edit. Tap Add and select the final video resolution to start working with the clip. Choose the point where you want to make a cut and click the Scissors button below the Timeline. Place the marker at the end of the unwanted section and click the Scissors button again. Swipe this part of the video down to delete it, or tap the Trash can icon at the bottom-right part of the screen. To save the result, touch the Export icon in the top-right corner. Choose between three output quality options of saving the video. You also have an option to save the video with or without the watermark.


Now you know two simple ways to trim a video on any device. Let’s summarize everything mentioned above:

  • To trim a video on your desktop or laptop computer, use Movavi Video Editor – an intuitive and powerful video editor that lets you not only cut your videos but enhance them with built-in transitions, effects, and filters.
  • To cut a video on a phone or a tablet, use Movavi Clips – an iOS and Android app that lets you create high-quality videos from your smartphone without a hinge.

Try the options for yourself and see which ones work best for you!

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*The free version of Movavi Video Editor may have the following restrictions depending on the build: watermark on exported clips, 60-second video or 1/2 audio length limit, and/or some advanced features unavailable when exporting videos.

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