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How to Split or Trim Videos Using Windows 10/11 Photos App

The Windows 10/Windows 11 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 10/11

  1. Right-click on a video file and click “Open with” and choose Photos.
  2. Click the Trim button at the top.
    On Windows 11, click on the Video trim icon (Ctrl + E) to launch the trim window.
  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 10/11 Photos app
    On Windows 11, you’ll see the “Save as” button.

  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 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, let’s 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.

Drawing tools in Photos App

Using the Photos app to split a video into multiple parts is tedious. You can use the FFmpeg command-line tool for this purpose. Check out the article How to Split a Video or Audio (MP3) into Multiple Parts for details. Alternatively, you can use Avidemux or similar freeware programs to cut a segment from an audio or video file.

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