How to Trim a Video on Mac (2022 Update)

Here's how to shorten a video in the Photos app on a Mac by cutting or trimming.

I take tons of videos of my kids and pets, but I edit my videos down to the highlights for friends and family. If you’d like to know how to shorten videos on your Mac, here’s how. We'll also go over how to reverse the changes and go back to the original video. 

Related: How to Tilt & Rotate Photos on Mac

How to Trim a Video on Mac

Here's how to shorten or trim videos on a Mac. While you edit photos and videos on a Mac, if you regret cutting your video and want to reverse the changes, we'll also show you how to undo a trim. To learn more about managing your videos, check out our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

***Note*** This is a different process than when we taught you how to crop videos on a Mac

  1. Open the Photos app, scroll down to Media Types under Albums, and click Videos

    click Videos under Media Types
  2. Double click on the video you want to trim, hover over it, click the gear icon, and click Trim

    click trim
  3. Drag the ends of the yellow frame to trim the beginning or end of the video, or both. 

    slide the yellow bracket to shorten the video
  4. Click Trim to save your edits, or Cancel to remove them. 

    click trim or cancel

How to Revert a Trim on Mac

  1. Open the Photos app, then open the video you trimmed, hover over the video, and click the gear icon again. 
  2. Click Reset Trim

    click reset trim

Now your video will be returned to its original state. If you liked this tutorial, you may also want to learn how to tilt and rotate photos on a Mac, in case they're not straight. Happy video editing!

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.