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Editing videos can be surprisingly complex 8 Tips For Editing Videos Like A Pro 8 Tips For Editing Videos Like A Pro If you're just getting into the editing game, you may be confused as to what to do with the many millions of clips you have... well, we're here to help. Read More — so much so that it may take days or weeks before you can comfortably cut one video into smaller clips or join several bits into one larger video.

So what are you to do when you don’t have that kind of time or energy? What if it’s a one-time thing and you don’t want to scale the learning curve of a full-blown editor like Adobe Premiere Pro or HitFilm?

Don’t worry, you have options! You’ll find all kinds of free tools for splitting and merging video files on the web. The tricky part is sifting through them to find the ones worth using. In this article, we’ve done the work for you. Here are the best and easiest apps that anyone can use.

1. MP4Tools

MP4Tools is an open source project that consists of two utilities: MP4Splitter, for splitting an MP4 file into multiple pieces…

…and MP4Joiner, for merging MP4 files together.

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No other video types are supported, but seeing as how MP4 is the most popular video format AVI, MKV, or MP4? Video Filetypes Explained and Compared AVI, MKV, or MP4? Video Filetypes Explained and Compared Why do so many video formats exist? It's confusing! But don't worry, we are here to help. Here's everything you need to know about video formats, containers, and codecs. Read More , that’s no problem.

The main benefit of supporting one format is that there’s no need to re-encode. Re-encoding takes time and often results in a loss of quality, which is why MP4Tools can do instant cutting and joining at source quality. However, you can force re-encoding if you’d like.

Splitting is as easy as loading a video file, adding “split points,” then clicking Start splitting. Merging is even easier: add the individual video files, then click Join.

Download: MP4Tools (Free)

2. Avidemux

While Avidemux is technically a video editor 7 Free Open Source Video Editors for Linux 7 Free Open Source Video Editors for Linux Video editing on Linux is constantly improving. A good selection of open source video editing software is now available to Linux users, and we've got seven of the best for you to check out. Read More , it has nowhere near the same complexity as a professional video workstation. It’s simple enough that you only have to click a few buttons to do what you want, especially if you only need to split and merge videos.

Avidemux supports AVI, FLV, MP4, MPG, and MKV formats, which covers about 99 percent of all modern videos. Furthermore, Avidemux won’t re-encode if your output settings are the exact same as the input, thus saving time and preserving video quality.

To split a video, load it and click Time at the bottom, set the starting timestamp of the split, then click the Set start marker button. Next, navigate to the ending timestamp of the split, then click Set end marker. Lastly, click File > Save to save everything between markers as a clip.

To join videos, load the first clip with File > Open, then load subsequent clips with File > Append. You must do it in the order you want them merged! Save the combined video with File > Save.

Download: Avidemux (Free)

3. Machete Video Editor Lite

Machete Video Editor is similar to Avidemux in functionality but easier to learn and use. As far as lightweight video editors go, it’s one of the best. And as long as you output with the same settings as input, it will not re-encode your videos.

The downside to the Lite version of Machete is that it only works with AVI and WMV formats. By purchasing the full version, you can unlock FLV, MP4, MKV, MOV video formats and several additional audio formats. This is the only limitation of the Lite version.

To split a video, click Play > Jump to time… and navigate to a starting timestamp, then click the Set the beginning of a selection button. Navigate to an ending timestamp and click Set the end of a selection. Then click Save the selection as… to export the clip.

To merge videos, load the first clip (it can be any, doesn’t have to be the first in order). Use Play > Jump to time… to navigate to where you want to insert the next clip, then click Edit > Insert a file at the current position… Repeat for all clips, then File > Save As… to finish.

Download: Machete Video Editor Lite (Free) or Machete Video Editor ($20)

4. Format Factory

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I hesitate to recommend Format Factory only because it requires over 150 MB to install — a hefty amount of space if all you want to do is split and merge videos. But if you also need to convert between formats and/or rip from CDs and DVDs, then it may be worth your while.

To split a video, click the output format you want in the sidebar, then click Add File and load the video. Click Option, set the Start Time and End Time to wherever you want the split, then click OK. Lastly, click Start to begin the splitting task.

To merge videos, go to Utilities > Video Joiner in the sidebar. Set the proper Output Setting, then click Add File to load all of the individual clips. Lastly, once everything is ordered properly, click OK and then Start to begin the merging task.

Download: Format Factory (Free)

5. Freemake Video Converter

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Freemake Video Converter supports over 500 formats and is easy to use, but the free version adds a watermark. For $9 per year (or $19 lifetime payment), the watermarking is removed and video conversions are even faster. Unfortunately, splitting and merging always re-encodes.

To split a video, load it with the +Video button, then click to edit. Use the playback timeline and the Start Selection and Selection End buttons (under the Cutting section) to select a timeframe. When finished, click OK and then one of the output buttons at the bottom to export.

To merge videos, add as many clips as you want with +Video, and then enable the Join files toggle at the top right. Drag and drop to sequence the clips, then click one of the output buttons at the bottom to export.

Download: Freemake Video Converter (Free)

What’s Your Favorite Video Tool?

Going forward, you should also learn how to reduce video file sizes without sacrificing quality How to Reduce Video File Size Without Sacrificing Quality How to Reduce Video File Size Without Sacrificing Quality Is your video file taking up way too much space? It's time to encode, compress, and tweak it so that it shrinks in size without losing any noticeable quality. Read More , which comes in handy when doing all kinds of video editing. Also, don’t miss out on the nuances of video codecs, containers, and compression All You Need to Know about Video Codecs, Containers, and Compression All You Need to Know about Video Codecs, Containers, and Compression Explaining the difference between codecs and containers is relatively simple, but hard part is attempting to understand each format. Read More !

Which of these splitting and merging tools do you like best? Are there any other good ones that we missed? Share with us in a comment below!

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  1. PJ
    August 12, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Please remove this page! I tried downloading three of these apps so far, and they all gave me malware, and a slew of unwanted add-on programs. The apps did not even work for joining my videos!

  2. TME
    October 23, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Was rejected by Norton 360 as unsafe software - most likely maleware. Too bad.

    • Henrik R.
      October 27, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      What was rejected by Norton??

  3. alsen
    May 9, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Joiner of GiliSoft Video Editor is a professional video file joining tool which join or merge multiple video files into a large one. Users can choose whether to add the fade in/out effect to videos by their own wills. It supports joining the same format video files without encoding SUPER-FAST merge and supports joining different formats of video files and select any format one of the file as the output format, or set a custom output format.

    • Saikat Basu
      May 17, 2016 at 6:10 am

      Joiner looks easy. They do have a free version as well.

  4. Anonymous
    July 6, 2015 at 2:02 am

    So apparently, there is no simple little program to cut the end off of a .wmv file that Premier Elements somehow produced as 27 minutes, only 13 of which is the movie. The ending balance is all black and I've found no easy way to trim it. PE wants you to cut it, then render and export in the same format, which takes a lot of work and time. One would think it would be a simple project.

  5. dsk
    July 16, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Why not use Binfer, which is especially designed to transfer large video files? No need to split/merge. Files travel straight to you contacts computer. You can send any size!. Check out http://www.binfer.com

  6. dsk
    July 16, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Why not use Binfer, which is especially designed to transfer large video files? No need to split/merge. Files travel straight to you contacts computer. You can send any size!. Check out http://www.binfer.com

  7. phrend
    May 11, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Avidemux is free, open source, and does all kinds of video editing, including splitting and joining (without re-encoding the file, if that's what you're after)!
    http://avidemux.berlios.de/ind...

  8. phrend
    May 11, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Avidemux is free, open source, and does all kinds of video editing, including splitting and joining (without re-encoding the file, if that's what you're after)!
    http://avidemux.berlios.de/index.html

  9. lemoon
    May 10, 2010 at 10:54 am

    well, Convert .MTS(AVCHD), or Split Or Merge, you can get ifunia AVCHD Converter.
    it's a professional AVCHD converter, but have to add one is it's not free(more details: http://www.ifunia.com/avchd-co... ).
    Of course, free is popular by masses. However, some of the premium packages and services appear to be well worth their nominal fees when you consider everything they provide.
    The Format Factory is really great listed, I alway use it, but it can work on some formats too, such as MOD, so then I turn to some professional multimedia software developer.

  10. Anonymous
    May 9, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Wow, incredible tools indeed. Well done.

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    May 6, 2010 at 9:23 pm
  13. mrclose
    May 5, 2010 at 7:23 am

    I've used most of the tools cited but I am surprised that one of the best, (imho) isn't mentioned.

    Always reliable and easy to use: AVS Video Converter!

    http://www.avs4you.com/AVS-Video-Converter.aspx

    • Saikat Basu
      May 5, 2010 at 6:55 pm

      I don't think it's free as you have to buy a license either for one or for their bundle of products.

  14. RichardFrisch
    May 4, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Anything work on .MTS (AVCHD) files? None of these seem to.

    • Saikat Basu
      May 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm

      I think the tool for .MTS files should be TsMuxeR . You can try it out.

    • Anonymous
      May 10, 2010 at 8:54 am

      well, Convert .MTS(AVCHD), or Split Or Merge, you can get ifunia AVCHD Converter.
      it's a professional AVCHD converter, but have to add one is it's not free(more details: http://www.ifunia.com/avchd-converter-mac.html ).
      Of course, free is popular by masses. However, some of the premium packages and services appear to be well worth their nominal fees when you consider everything they provide.
      The Format Factory is really great listed, I alway use it, but it can work on some formats too, such as MOD, so then I turn to some professional multimedia software developer.