Best application to quickly cut video files

themumu

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Feb 13, 2011
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Sunnyvale
Disclaimer: I am a complete novice when it comes to video editing.

The purpose of my videos is mostly documenting motorcycle and snowboarding adventures I occasionally have. So I have lots of footage from a couple of GoPro cameras, but only a tiny fraction of it is of any interest. I tried using iMovie and Final Cut X, and while they aren't half bad when it comes to putting together a whole sequence and adding soundtracks, etc., sometimes I find myself wanting to do a quick "pre-cut" and dump the boring bits to free up space before I have enough time to do a full edit and make something worth sharing.

For example, I may have a 50 min 4GB file that contains 4-5 interesting episodes, each 1-2 minutes long at most. After a week of travelling and shooting I may have a dozen of such files, and it may be a very long time until I have gone through it all and finalized my edit. Is there any way to efficiently cut the interesting sections without any loss of quality and put them away until I get a chance to work with them? Several apps I tried take a huge amount of time to transcode the video, and often end up crashing before successfully saving a slice.
 

Siderz

macrumors 6502a
Nov 10, 2012
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I'm pretty sure iMovie/FCPX has a button that'll delete all of the unused footage, but I'm not sure how this works, not sure if that's what you're asking.
 

floh

macrumors 6502
Nov 28, 2011
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Stuttgart, Germany
If you really just want to cut out a few scenes from a long video, I have tried "Video Trim", which is very simple and easy to use, plus it will trim out the original media stream without any loss or reencoding. It'll cost you a few bucks in the Mac App Store (in Germany, it is 4.50 euros), but I like its simplicity a lot.

Maybe that's what you are looking for?

They also make a slightly more advanced version called "Video Edit" that includes some simple cropping and effects, and you can mark multiple regions that will be exported as one consecutive clip.
 
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