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Is It Possible to Trim Video without Re-encoding via Handbrake

"How do I trim a video using Handbrake? I can't seem to figure out the solution to a very simple problem. I want to trim a video in Handbrake and keep the video as is (resolution, encoding, etc), just chop off the first few seconds, but I can't find out how."

There is no gainsaying that Handbrake works well on video transcoding as a free and open-source program. But when it comes video editing, Handbrake could be barely satisfactory, especially on Handbrake video trimming. Can Handbrake trim video length? The answer is yes certainly. But many users complained that they can't even find out the Trim function in Handbrake, not to mention using command lines to cut video length in Handbrake CLI interface.

In this article, we'd like to show you how to trim video with Handbrake, as well as a more effective way to cut out unwanted parts of video with or without re-encoding.

Best Handbrake Alternative to Cut off Unwanted Parts of Your Video

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe - A top-notch video converter with easy-to-use video trimming as well as other video editing features. It enables users to trim any videos (4K/HD/SD) without changing video format, as well as convert and trim videos to better fit the uploading requirements or popular devices. Besides, video cropping, merging, rotating, etc. are also available.

Table of Contents

Part 1. How to Trim Video Length by Using Handbrake?

Download Handbrake installation package here according to your platform. Please note that Windows users are required to install the latest version of Microsoft. NET Framework to root out the unexpected crashing on startup. Check how to install Handbrake .NET framework >>

Step 1: Launch HandBrake, Click on Source button to open a single file for trimming. Of course, you're also able to drag and drop your target files to the main interface. When the Handbrake scanning completed, you can see detailed video info under Source section.

Step 2: Then drop down the list of Range, you have 3 ways to trim video with HandBrake:

  • Choose Chapters, and specify the trim the video from one of the chapter to another.
  • Choose Seconds, then you can customize the start time and the end time of the portion of your output video. For example, set start time at 00:00:10 and end time at 00:01:30, the final output length will be 1 minute and 20 seconds.
  • Choose Frames, and set the start frame and end frame, you can trim video with HandBrake by frames.
How to trim video with Handbrake

Step 3: Click Browse buttom to specify the output folder path, and type the name for your trimmed video.

Step 4: Under the Output Settings section, select MP4 or MKV as the output format.

Step 5: Now tap on the green Start Encode button to start the process of Handbrake video trimming.

What you may also interested in: The step-by-step guide on how to use Handbrake >>

Part 2. Limitations of HandBrake Video Trimming

You see, Handbrake video trimming function is concealed relatively. Besides that, there are still some limits when using Handbrake to cut off unwanted parts of your video.

  1. Handbrake doesn't allow you to trim video without re-encoding.
  2. You can't see the picture frames in the interface while you're trimming it. You have to manually not down the start time and end time by viewing it in advance with a video player. It could lead to an inaccuracy clip cutting.
  3. There is no way to trim multiple videos at one go with Handbrake.

Part 3. A More Effective Way to Trim Videos - WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

To overcome the above issues, you're recommended to use WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, which not only enable you to trim video clips with or without re-encoding, but also cropping frame size, merge several videos into one, add watermarks etc. Besides video editing, this Handbrake alternative works proficient in transcoding videos to 420+ formats and devices fast and losslessly without a hitch.

Step-by-Step Guide for Trimming Video with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Step 1: Free download this easy video trimmer on your computer, launch it. Then click "+Video" button or directly drag and drop to load the video(s) you're going to cut.

Trim video length via WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Step 2: Choose output format from the automatically popped up window. MP4 is always recommended for better compatibility on iPhone iPad, Android, TVs, Xbox, PS4, YouTube etc. If you're not planning to change your video format, just continue the same format of your source video.

Step 3: Click on the scissors-shaped Edit button, navigate to Trim tab, and tick on the box of Enable Trim. Now you're able to tpye the start time and end time or move the start/end module below the video pictures. Click Done after everything is okay.

Step 4: Tap the blue RUN button on the main interface to export the trimmed video.

Video Tutorial: How to Cut / Trim a Video Instantly with the Best HandBrake Alternative


author - Kistent Waung

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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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