How to Edit Length in VLC Player

By Theodora Pennypacker

VLC is a media player that is developed by the VideoLAN open source project. In addition to being free to use, the application is released in versions for Windows, Mac and Linux systems. As a media player, VLC is optimized to open and play digital media files. While VLC does not offer advanced editing capabilities, you can modify any input media by changing its start time. This functionality of the media player enables users to trim the beginning of clips.

Step 1

Launch VLC. Go to "Media" and select "Convert/Save." An "Open Media" screen will load. The "File" tab will be preselected.

Step 2

Click "Add" and browse for the input media in the file selection window. Select the item and click "Open."

Step 3

Check the "Show More Options" box. Go to the "Start Time" box and edit the start time for the output media.

Step 4

Click the "Convert/Save" button. A "Convert" screen will load.

Step 5

Click the "Browse" button in the Destination file field. Select a storage location for the output media. Enter a filename for the output media and give it the appropriate file extension of the desired output format. Choose from PS, TS, MPG, OGG, ASF, MP4 and MOV.

Step 6

Click "Start" to export the output media. A Streaming window will display the progress of the encoding. When the window closes, the output media will be available in the selected storage location.

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