How to Split or Trim Videos Using Windows 10 Photos App?

Windows 10 Photos app lets you trim videos and save the selected portion of the video clip to a new file. You don’t have to rely upon a third-party program, as the Photos app does the task perfectly — suitable for quick trims.

Cut/Trim or Split videos using Photos App in Windows 10

  1. Right-click on a video file and click “Open with” and choose Photos.
  2. Click the Trim button at the top.
    cut of trim video clips using windows 10 photos app
  3. In the next screen, select the portion of the video you need, by moving the start and end sliders accordingly.
    Trim videos using Windows 10 Photos app
    Trim videos using Windows 10 Photos app
  4. Save the selected portion of the video to a separate file, by clicking “Save a copy”.

The selected portion is now saved to a video file in the same folder, with the the letters “Trim” added to the file name. If the file name of the original video is Remote_Desktop.mp4, the trimmed copy will be named Remote_DesktopTrim.mp4.

Split a video into multiple clips?

You can use the trim tool to split a big video into a number of small video clips if you want. As the Photos app is suitable for quick trims and is not a sophisticated editor, to split a video into multiple parts you’ll need to repeat this sequence:

  1. Open a video, lets say Dogshow.mp4
  2. Split/trim it and save a copy.
  3. Rename the trimmed file accordingly. Eg. rename DogshowTrip.mp4 to Dogshow (Part-1).mp4.
  4. Reopen the original video Dogshow.mp4, choose another time segment and split it — for Part 2.
  5. Repeat the above sequence for subsequent trim or splits: part 3, part 4 and so forth.

Additional Tip: You can annotate videos using the Draw tool. There is no text tool though which is a big disappointment.

photos app video annotate
Drawing tools in Photos App

About the author

Ramesh Srinivasan founded back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in the ITeS industry — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP [2003 to 2012] who contributes to various Windows support forums.

8 thoughts on “How to Split or Trim Videos Using Windows 10 Photos App?”

  1. Hello, Ramesh. I have a 30 minute video file I want to edit. I will be deleting some footage, copying other footage several times — copying and pasting if the app allows, as i don’t know, and adding slow-motion to some of it. But I haven’t a clue how to do this, as Microsoft doesn’t have demo-videos showing how. And the ones they do have are not adequate to the task. I loved their Windows Movie Maker software, and I never used the story-line feature, but it isn’t available anymore. H E L P. Thank you for taking the time to answer my concerns.

  2. I trimmed a few seconds off a 2 hour video and it’s taking over an hour just saving a copy. Is there a faster way?

  3. So odd. The option to save never comes up for me after I select the parameters to trim. Can’t figure this out at all.

  4. Thanks – I’m new at trimming and your info was the most helpful and clear. Feeling like a real editor now! Thanks for the concise explanations!

  5. I’ve just opened a video with the Photos App. It gave me a “Trim” option in the edits list but nothing else when I opened my video. The video just played and there was an option to save or delete it but no other choices at all. All I want to do is remove some frames at the start and end and one or two in the middle.

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