A Secret VLC Feature: Using It as a Video Editor

Featured Image Vlc Media Player As Video Editor

As one of the most popular media players, VLC supports all operating systems, including mobile platforms as well as audio and video formats. But did you know it also has a hidden feature which allows it to be used as a video editor? Whether you have raw camera recordings or a YouTube clip, it’s now possible to directly edit your video files in VLC.

Follow the steps below to start using VLC as a regular video editing tool. There is not much of a learning curve, and you can immediately start working on this after you download the latest VLC version.

1. Trimming Videos in VLC

VLC allows you to trim video clips to save a select timeline. First, go to “View -> Advanced Controls.” It will activate a few extra buttons at the bottom. Once you’re at the section that has to be trimmed, click the red “Record” button.

Record Vlc Media Player

Simply play the file from this point onward, and click the “Record” button once again to stop. If you want more accuracy, use an option called “frame by frame” control instead of “Play.”

Frame By Frame Control

The trimmed video file will be automatically saved in the “My Videos” folder in Windows. For other operating systems, it will be available in the documents folder or your default videos folder.

Saved Vlc Recorded File

2. Merging Trimmed Files in VLC

So you got rid of the video’s bad portions using “Trim.” To make the video whole again, you have to merge the clean portions. For this, go to “Media -> Open Multiple Files.”

Open Multiple Files Vlc

Select all the recorded files and click “Open.”

Insert Multiple Files

Click “Convert” as shown below to merge all the trimmed files.

Convert Merged Files

In the next step you can select the format of the combined video such as OGG or H265. Your new edited video minus the bloopers will be saved in a destination folder.

Convert Video

3. Removing Echo and Background Noise in VLC

So far, we’ve seen how to edit the video timelines in VLC to get rid of the unwanted portions. You may also want to remove echoes and background noises which can ruin a perfectly nice frame. For this, go to “Tools -> Effects and Filers.”

To remove white noise, you need to select “Equalizer” under “Audio Effects.” Here you will see the individual bands. Start playing your audio track and pay attention to the areas which have white noise. Adjust the individual bands together one by one till you have the white noise muted or greatly reduced. It requires a keen ear to be able to distinguish the noise from clean audio, so pay close attention.

Equalize Vlc Player

After you mute the problem bands, remember to turn all the other bands back to where they were. Otherwise, your video’s average volume will be lower than what you’d recorded previously.

You can also use VLC player to remove a “hissing” noise in videos. For this, select “Spatializer.” The same principle applies. Adjust each band manually until the hissing noise disappears, and turn all the other bands back to where they were. Click “Save” to save this new configuration.

Remember to uncheck “Enable” to enable the VLC file once you’re done. For more advanced noise adjustment in videos, we recommend using either Ocenaudio or Audacity.

Spatializer Vlc Media Layer

4. Smart Video Effects in VLC

No matter your video source, you can use VLC to adjust them in a variety of ways. To work on this, go to “Tools -> Adjustments and effects.”

Adjust Videos

Go to “Video Effects -> Colors.” Here you can negate a select portion to show something in flashback.

Negate Colors Vlc

You can also change the background colors using “Color extraction,” for example, to show a reddish dawn sky.

Change Colors Video Background Vlc

To focus on a select portion, for example, the trees behind the car, use “interactive zoom.” This can help you achieve more depth in the video despite not capturing the shot.

Interactive Zoom Video Vlc

You can also experiment with rotating a video portion for a special effect.

Rotate Video Vlc

Using the crop feature, you can remove portions of the video on the left, right, top or bottom.

Crop Video Vlc

5. Adding Text and Subtitles to Video Clips Using VLC

To add your own text to a video clip, go to “Overlay” in “Adjustments and Effects.” Type your desired text and provide a position to it within the video.

Adding Text To Video

You can also add subtitles from “Synchronization” in “Adjustments and Effects.” For this, you have to select a subtitle duration factor which can be between two and three seconds.

Add Subtitles Vlc Media Player

You can also download subtitles into the video from any location on your PC for which we have a tutorial.



One reason VLC is able to support video-editing is because it’s based on a modular design which allows cool new features to be added in the latest software versions. Are you going to use VLC’s hidden video-editing capabilities? Do let us know in the comments how you feel about this new feature edition.

Sayak Boral
Sayak Boral

Sayak Boral is a technology writer with over eleven years of experience working in different industries including semiconductors, IoT, enterprise IT, telecommunications OSS/BSS, and network security. He has been writing for MakeTechEasier on a wide range of technical topics including Windows, Android, Internet, Hardware Guides, Browsers, Software Tools, and Product Reviews.

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