How to split video files with VSDC Free Video Editor

Searching for an intuitive method to split your video seamlessly? VSDC's advanced split tool is here to assist. This option allows you to apply effects to particular fragments of your video, restructure them, cut out unwanted footage together with the Cut out fragment tool, export fragments of your video separately in any format you like (since VSDC provides various options) and tailor the perfect clip.

Depending on your goals, the task of splitting can be performed differently. Do you need extra high precision because you’re trying to catch a particular moment on the footage? Are you planning to export the fragments as separate files? Or are you splitting the footage to just apply different effects to its parts? In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to split a video for any purpose using VSDC Free Editor. Continue reading to master the art of video and audio splitting with VSDC!

Method 1: Split a video file into 2 parts in one click

Here is the simplest way that will suit you if you aren’t looking for high precision.

  1. To begin, launch VSDC Free Video Editor and create a new project. VSDC provides different options of how to do this. For example, you can use the Import content icon on the start screen when you launch the program. This is an optimal way because VSDC will automatically detect all the parameters of your video and adjust the project parameters accordingly. So, click on the Import content icon, choose a file on your PC and adjust parameters in the pop up window appearing automatically (if necessary). Once ready, hit Finish. If you are new to VSDC and want to learn more about how to get started, we advise you to watch our comprehensive video guide.
  2. Select the file you want to split by clicking on it either on the timeline or on the scene. This is highly important; otherwise the effect will be disabled.
  3. Place the playhead to the point on the timeline where the first fragment should end, and the second should begin. Then click the Split into parts razor-like looking button. There are several ways to find it:
    • Go to the Editor tab. The tool you need is located just above the scene in the Tools section;
    • The same tool is also conveniently located just above the timeline;
    • You may also use the hotkey combination Ctrl + K.

Video Split into parts

After that you’ll instantly see how your video file turns into two separate fragments placed one after another on the timeline.

Method 2: Splitting by Using Cutting and Splitting Window

  1. Start with creating a new project as described above. Then you need to reach the Cutting and Splitting window. It can be done in one of the following ways:
    • The Cutting and Splitting option is located in the Tools section above the scene on the Editor tab. Click on it for the corresponding window to appear.
    • Select your video file on the timeline and navigate to the Properties window on the right of the scene. Then click on the green Cutting and splitting button.
    • Right-click on the video file on the timeline. Then select the Cutting and splitting option from the list.

    Cutting and Splitting window

  2. In the Cutting and splitting window you'll observe a timeline. Click to the point on the timeline where you need to split fragments and use the Add marker button. This way you can set as many markers as you need at the points where you want the file to be split.
  3. Select Apply changes when ready.

Splitting a video into multiple parts

On the main timeline you will notice separate fragments placed one after another divided by red markers.

Method 3: Splitting by Segmentation Markers

Sometimes you may need to split a video into multiple parts after all the effects have been applied to the entire file to get separate video clips. In this case, we recommend using segmentation markers right before exporting.

  1. After you add a video file to the scene and perform all the editing you were planning to, you need to set segmentation markers. To apply segmentation markers, place the playhead where you want to split the project on the timeline. Then click on the Create maker icon located just above the timeline to set a mark where the project should be splitted while exporting.

  2. In the pop-up window select Segmentation marker in the Marker type field and click OK to confirm.
  3. Go to the Export project tab on the ribbon command bar, find the Additional settings tab (bottom menu) and check the Split file(s) By markers box.
  4. Then adjust the settings of the output file in the same tab (if necessary) and click the Export project button on the ribbon command bar. As a result, you’ll get as many video fragments saved to your PC as you’ve created using markers.

The way this method works is also briefly presented in our Youtube video (section “Segmentation markers”)

Wrapping Up

That’s it! Now you have an idea of how to split a video in VSDC Free Video Editor. With employing the video splitter, you are free to enrich your content and make it catching and professional-like. VSDC offers smooth transitions ensuring flawless movement between frames, numerous visual effects, options for creating dynamic animations, injecting voice-overs, thrilling sound filters and even synchronizing video effects with the beat of your audio. To learn more editing tricks for creating amazing video projects, subscribe to our YouTube channel and feel free to message us on Facebook. And if you have questions, our support team is here for you at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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