VSDC Tutorial 2 – How to Trim and Split Clips with VSDC Video Editor

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This week, I’m continuing my VSDC Tutorial series with the second lesson. In the very first tutorial on using VSDC’s free video editor, I showed you how to get started with a new project and how to import clips. If you missed that first VSDC tutorial, click here to scoot back there to catch it.

This post and the others in this series is sponsored by VSDC. They asked me to help get the word out about their free video editing software, and I’m always game for bringing my audience new ideas for creating awesome GoPro videos and family movies, so of course, I said yes!

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VSDC Cheat Sheet

I created one-page printable VSDC cheat sheet for total beginners. I find the cheat sheet to be SUPER helpful because opening up new video editing software for the first time is a little daunting. The cheat sheet gives you each step to get started. If you haven’t grabbed that yet, just enter your email into the box below and I’ll send the cheat sheet directly to your inbox!

Click here to grab my vsdc cheat sheet

How to Trim and Split Clips with VSDC Video Editor

So in this second VSDC tutorial, I go over a few basic editing functions, plus some fun ones like fast forward and slow motion, and I also show you how to turn on waveforms if you have the Pro version. The Pro version of VSDC is only 20 bucks (actually, click here to grab the Pro version for half price), and one of the features you get with that is the ability to SEE your audio waveforms.

I find that seeing waveforms when editing makes it a LOT easier when splitting and trimming clips because I have a visual cue of what’s going on in the background audio of my clips. I explain it in more detail in the tutorial video, which you can view above or click here to watch it on YouTube.

In the next video in this VSDC series, I’ll show you how to add music, text titles, and of course, how to export your video so you can upload to Facebook or YouTube…  to show off to your friends and family! If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you get access to the next video right away!

Hit me up in the comments if you have any specific questions about VSDC and I’ll try and answer them or include the answer in a future video! And don’t forget to grab the Cheat Sheet for getting started with VSDC as well.



  1. Love the video – you are clear and engaging!

    Couple of things, however. (1) Probably just the passage of time since you did this, but I only see one scissors now, and it turns out to be the destructive kind. (2) If you haven’t, I really think you should emphasize that CTRL-Z [on a Windows PC] undoes whatever one just did. (3) Tutorial #2 REALLY needs to end with EXPORT…. Yes, one is learning the ropes, but “saving one’s work” is … A MUST, and VDSC seems to make that complex (flexible, but…)

  2. Hi Meredith:
    When I click on the link to your site so I can get the half price version, one needs a discount coupon. How does one get that?
    Also, can you explain how to cut off the end of a video. You mentioned it and showed some dragging but there was no removal of the end of the clip.

  3. how do you make a lyric video using vsdc? it doesn’t have to be a lyric video actually… the slides. with the texts. like the one in movie maker. but i don’t want to use movie maker for some reason. now how do you make it?

  4. Your site says “Click here to get the Pro version for half price” but when I do the price remains $20. Is there a discount code that I need to enter?

  5. Thankyou for finally revealing an editor pack that beginners like I am can use with ease I downloaded some other of the editing software available, and found that I was trying to use them to build rockets. I ended up uploading my vlogs directly to my channel. Once again thanks

  6. I am a real dummy and I can’t follow your second video on trim and split. Do you have a cheat sheet on that segment, your cheat sheet on your first video was very helpful. Thanks Mom! Maurice

  7. Hello.I was trying to cut n split a video thru properties. It a looks me to do so as directed but the screen on my computer does not allow me to see the apply tab on the screen . Pls help

      1. If you are on the Editor menu, and you selected the “Cutting and splitting” button, it opens up a more detailed window that has an “Apply changes” button on the bottom right corner.

  8. Hi GoProMom;

    Very impressed with your tutorials….the best part is your voice…clear and slow. You seem to have attached as much importance to the audio as the video.
    Anyway who am …retired math teacher up in Aurora Ca. who still creates Premiere elements videos for analysis by the players for soccer hockey and rugby. I have one question which I may discover today but would appreciate your backup. “How do I make the timeline marker play?” I have a 45 min soccer half and I have to look for a save by the tender. I could use “preview” but when I find it I have no idea of the time it occurred? Thanks for this…

    1. Hi David, I’m not totally sure I understand the question, is it a question about Premiere Elements or about VSDC (the post where you commented)?

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