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. Select the clip you want to split

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

Step 2. 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. You can also click on the spacebar on your keyboard to move the seeker.

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.

Step 3. Click the scissors icon

Click the scissors icon in the timeline menu to split your clip. Alternatively, click the S key on your keyboard.

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

If you would like to split an audio file as well as your video, hold down the shift key on your keyboard, and click both of your media files on the timeline. Next, click on the split button.

Note: If your audio is attached to your video, the audio will automatically split with the video.

The audio and video will be split like this example.

Splitting multiple clips at the same time

To split multiple clips at once, highlight all of the clips on the timeline that you want to split. To do this, drag your cursor over all of the clips or hold down the shift button on your keyboard and click each clip. You can also click Command-A or Control-A on your keyboard.

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

Click on the scissors icon or hit the S key to split all of your clips at once.

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 can icon.

The selected clip will be 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

Ready to get started? Head straight to Clipchamp to try it out for yourself.

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