You can cut a video, audio, image, or other clip in two by using the Scissor icon in the top left of the timeline, or by clicking the S key on your keyboard. See below for a detailed guide.


How to split a video, image, or audio clip

First, start editing a new video and add your video, image, or audio file to the Your Media tab.

Step 1. Drag and drop the video into the timeline

If it's not already there, drag and drop the video, image, or audio from the Your Media tab onto the timeline.

User dragging and dropping video clip onto the timeline.

Step 2. Select the clip you want to split

Click on the clip in the timeline to select it. It will be outlined in color when selected.

User selecting the clip on the timeline. The video clip is highlighted green.

Step 3. Position the Seeker where you want to split your clip

Drag the Seeker (the white vertical line with a circle on top) to where you want to split your clip.

NOTE: you can use the timecode displayed at the top of the timeline as a guide if you want to split your video at a precise time. For example, place your Seeker at 01:30:00 for 1min 30 seconds.

User dragging seeker to the split location on timeline.

Step 4. Click the scissors icon

Click the scissors icon in the top left-hand menu bar of the timeline. Alternatively, hit the S key on your keyboard.

Close up of snipping tool/scissors icon

If you've selected a video clip, this will split the video in two, like this example.

Close up of video clip on timeline that has been split

If you've selected an audio clip, it will split the audio clip in two, like this example.

Close up of split video clips and audio on timeline

You can now select and move both parts of the clip separately or delete one part. See below for how to delete clips.


Splitting multiple clips at the same time

If you want to split every clip beneath the white Seeker, such as the clips on both the audio and video tracks, follow the process above but don't select any clips before clicking split. To ensure no clips are selected you can click away in the black part of the timeline.

To multi-select, all the clips and tracks together, drag your cursor across the timeline.

Close up of user selecting multiple clips and audio on timeline

Now when you click the scissors icon or hit the S key, all the clips in all the tracks beneath the Seeker will be split.

Close up of split clips on timeline


Deleting part of a split clip

If you'd like to delete part of a split clip, click on it and then click the trash icon.

Close up of user deleting a split clip using the trash/delete icon

The selected clip will be deleted.

Close up of split clip deleted


How is splitting different from trimming and cropping?

Trimming a clip allows you to drag the sides of a clip inwards to shorten it or outwards to lengthen it. However, you can also 'trim' a clip by splitting it and then deleting the remaining part as shown above. To learn how to trim a clip, see: trimming a video, audio, or image clip.

Cropping a clip allows you to remove unwanted edges or black bars you see in the frame of a video to "zoom in" on it. It is different from splitting, which involves cutting a clip in two. To learn how to crop a video, see: cropping videos or images.


Try it out

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