Have you recorded a very long video with your digital camera and now would like to divide it into several parts so that you can safely store it on a CD or USB stick? Have you downloaded a movie from the Internet that is quite heavy and are you looking for a viable solution to be able to keep it on multiple external storage media? Have you made a video with your smartphone and would like to remove unnecessary scenes from it? If your answer to these questions is "yes", then you will be happy to know that I am here today to explain how to cut MP4 video.
MP4 is an extremely popular multimedia file format and usually used for saving video and audio content in high quality. To understand if the videos you want to cut are in MP4 format, just take a look at their extension, i.e. the final part of the file name. If the suffix is present .mp4, then yes: the video you want to act on is an MP4 file.
Having defined this if it is your intention to find out what needs to be done in order to cut MP4 videos, I suggest you get comfortable and concentrate on reading the following lines. Do not worry, this is an extremely simple operation and that can be carried out without problems thanks to the use of special programs regardless of whether your computer is based on Windows or is a Mac. Ready? Yes? All right, then let's get started!
Cut MP4 Video on Computer
If you want cut MP4 video from your PC, here is a series of software that will surely come in handy. They are all free and extremely simple to use. Whether you have a Windows PC, a Mac or a Linux-equipped computer, you are sure to find what you need. Good fun!
The first software I recommend you to try is Avidemux. It is a free and open source program specifically for video editing that allows you to edit all major video formats, including MP4, in a practical and intuitive way. It is compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux.
To be able to cut MP4 videos with Avidemux, the first thing you need to do is click here to connect to the software download page and select the item for the operating system installed on your computer: win64 xx Final Install (64 bits), FossHub if you are using a 64-bit version of Windows, win32 xx Final Install (32 bits), FossHub if you are using a 32-bit version of Windows or xx Sierra 64bits QT5 (dmg), FossHub if you use macOS.
To download completed, a PC Windows, open the file you just got (ex. avidemux_xx_win64.exe) and, in the window that opens, first click on Yes and then Next, its I Agree, its Next for another three consecutive times, on install and then Finish to complete the Avidemux installation process.
If you use a Poppy, to install Avidemux you need to open the dmg package that contains it and you have to drag its icon into the folder Applications of macOS. After that to start the software the first time, right click on it and select the item apri from the menu that appears. This step is only necessary the first time Avidemux starts, in order to bypass macOS restrictions on applications that come from non-certified developers.
After starting Avidemux, regardless of the operating system you use, click on the icon folder located at the top left and select the MP4 video you want to cut.
Then wait for the movie to load and use the time bar placed down until you find the beginning of the scene you want to cut. Then click on the button A, go to the end of the scene to cut and click on the button B.
By doing so you have marked the start and end points of the sequence to be deleted. To permanently delete the selected portion of video, press the button Canc or the key Backspace sulla tastiera of the computer.
Now repeat the same procedure for each scene you want to delete and that's it. So make sure that in the drop-down menus Output video e Output audio located on the left the option is selected Copy (in order to keep the original audio and video streams of the video and to be able to save it quickly), select the item MP4 Muxer give menu to tendin Output container
(in order to save the video in MP4 format) and click on the icon floppy disk which is located at the top left to start saving your video with the cut scenes.
QuickTime Player (Mac)
If you have a Poppy and it is your intention to cut MP4 videos know that you can resort to using QuickTime Player, the video player available as standard on all Macs.
To be able to cut MP4 videos on Mac with QuickTime Player the first step you need to take is to start the application from Launchpad macOS and import the movie to be edited in it. Once the player window appears then click on the item Open file from the menu Fillet QuickTime and select the file to cut.
After opening the MP4 video to be cut with QuickTime, bring the player indicator to the point where you want to split and select the item Dividi clip from the menu Composition. Once this is done you will see the timeline of the movie split in two. To delete one of the cropped video parts select it with the mouse and click on the item Delete contained in the menu Composition by QuickTime.
After cutting MP4 video on Mac and once you have obtained the desired final result, proceed to save the movie. To do this, just click on the button first end and then selecting the item Export from the menu Fillet. In the window that opens, specify the format and resolution in which to save the movie from the appropriate drop-down menu and then click on Export to start saving the movie.
Please note that the duration of the save operation will depend on the length of the video to be exported and the power of your Mac.
Regardless of whether your computer is Windows-based or a macOS-based computer, also know that it is possible to cut MP4 videos using a program that is perfectly compatible with both operating systems: VLC. If you've never heard of it, know that VLC is a very powerful and versatile player thanks to which you can not only play multimedia files of various types but also make changes to them.
To download VLC on your computer just click here to connect to the official web page of the software and press the orange button Download VLC. When the download is complete, click on the file obtained to start the installation and follow the wizard shown on the screen (more info on the procedure, if you need it, are available in my tutorial on VLC).
At this point if you want to cut MP4 video with VLC and use Windows, start the program and then select the item Advanced controls from the menu View. Doing this will cause some additional buttons to appear on the VLC toolbar. Among the additional buttons available you will also find the button REC. Using the REC button you can record the scenes of the videos played in the player and save them as new files.
Then open the movie from which you want to extrapolate a scene in VLC, bring the player indicator to the point where the sequence to be captured begins and click on the button REC. Wait for the scene to end then click again on REC to end the recording.
Proceed by going to open the folder Video of Windows and inside you will find a new file in the same format as the video you just cut or Mp4. The only difference of the new file from the original will be that it will refer only to the scene captured during playback with VLC.
If, on the other hand, you want to cut MP4 video with VLC and use a Mac, start the program and play the movie on which you want to act, bring the program indicator to the point where the sequence to be cut begins and select the item Register from the menu Playback.
Once the scene is finished, select the item again Register from the menu Playback. Once this is done you will find the video obtained with this procedure in the folder Movies of the Mac. If some steps are not clear to you, consult my guide on how to cut a video with VLC in which you find everything explained in more detail.
Cut MP4 Videos on Smartphones and Tablets
Have you shot a video with your smartphone or tablet and now would you like to remove unnecessary scenes from it? No problem. There are some great ones app for Android and iOS that allow you to cut videos shot with smartphones and tablets (which are almost always in MP4 format) without using a PC. Here are some of the best.
Google Photo (Android / IOS)
Google Photos is the official app of the homonymous Google home service. If you have never heard of it, it is a cloud storage platform that allows you to store photos and videos online without space limits and at no cost. It is compatible with Android (where it often comes "standard") and iOS and can also be used via the Web.
In addition to allowing the storage of photos and videos online (with a resolution limit of 16MP for photos and 1080p for videos), Google Photos also allows you to edit content stored on the cloud by carrying out small editing operations. For example, selecting a video from your library and pressing the icon of pencil at the bottom you can cut unnecessary scenes from the beginning and end of the videos. Just use the two indicators that appear on the timeline, mark the new start and end points of the video and press the button Save.
The edited video will be saved directly in the Google Photos library and then it will be synchronized on all your devices that have access to the service.
Apple Foto (iOS)
If you are using an iPhone or iPad, you can trim your videos using Apple Foto, the default app for managing photos and videos. Its functions are rather limited: it allows you to cut only the beginning and the end of movies, like Google Photos, but its integration with iOS and iCloud make it essential for those who use Apple devices.
To cut a video with Apple Photos, all you have to do is select it, wait for it to load (if it is a video available only on the iCloud Photo Library, it will take a few seconds) and press the icon of adjustment bars which is located at the bottom right.
At this point, use i two indicators which are located on both sides of the timeline to mark the new start and end points of the video and first press the button end and then Save as a new clip to save the trimmed video as a new video.
Cyberlink PowerDirector (Android)
If you want to cut a video more precisely, not limiting your field of action to the starting and ending points of the movie, you need to turn to more advanced editors. On Android I suggest you try Cyberlink PowerDirector which combines a series of very advanced functions with great ease of use. You can download it for free, but watermark your movies. To remove this limitation (and unlock other advanced features), you need to purchase the full version of the app which costs 5,99 euros.
If you want to cut a video with PowerDirector, press the button New project located on the home screen of the app, type in the name you want to assign to the project and choose the video to cut. At this point, get to the starting point of the scene to be cut using the timeline of PowerDirector, you "tap" on the thumbnail of the scene in question and presses the icon cutter that appears at the top left of the screen.
When the operation is completed, use the timeline to get to the final point of the scene to be cut, select the scene and press the icon again cutter. Finally, select the scene you just separated from the rest of the video, "tap" on the icon basket located at the top left and repeat the procedure for all the sequences you want to delete.
When you are satisfied with the result, press the icon of film collocata in alto a destra e seleciona la voce Produci video from the menu that opens. Then decide whether to save the movie offline or share it online on social media and that's it.
If you use an iPhone or an iPad, you can cut your videos using iMovie, Apple's video editor which is completely free and has no limitations: it does not imprint watermarks, it has no filters to unlock for a fee and it does not limit the operations cut only at the start and end scenes of the movies.
To edit a movie with iMovie, launch the app, select the tab Projects, pigia sul pulsating [+] and choose to create a Footage. Then choose the video to cut, press on the item Create film and proceed with the desired changes.
It therefore arrives at the starting point of the scene to be cut using the timeline of iMovie, you "tap" on the scene in question in the timeline of iMovie and presses on the voice Divide which appears below. Then, get to the end point of the scene to cut, select it in the iMovie timeline, press again on Divide and you'll get a scene extrapolated from the rest of the movie. Now select the scene to delete, press on the item Delete which is located at the bottom, repeat the procedure for all the scenes to be cut and that's it.
When you are satisfied with the result, "tap" on the button end located at the top left, presses the icon of sharing present in the screen that opens (the square with the arrow that goes up) and choose the item Save video to save the video to the iOS Camera Roll.
If iMovie, PowerDirector and the other apps reported in this tutorial do not satisfy you, consult my post dedicated to video cutting applications to find valid alternatives to the latter.