LosslessCut is a simple open-source video editor which enables cutting and trimming videos without any loss of quality.
The program imports videos via the regular File > Open dialog, or via drag and drop. LosslessCut's player is based on Chromium, so most browser-friendly formats are accepted (MP4, MOV, WebM, MKV, OGG, WAV, MP3, AAC, H264, Theora, VP8, VP9).
Standard controls enable playing the video, changing playback speed, skipping ahead to any given frame, or fine-tuning frame-by-frame until you find a specific point.
You're able to mark the start and end points with a mouse click or hotkey.
Clicking the camera icon saves the current frame, using the source file name and frame position to create a unique name. That's very convenient as there's no need to specify a new name each time: just drag the viewer to a particular frame, click the camera, and repeat as often as you like.
When you're ready, tap the scissors icon and LosslessCut saves the specified portion of the video without re-encoding it, ensuring there's no loss in quality.
Just like the frames, exported videos are given a name which combines the source name and the extraction times, like VideoClip.mp4-00.00.08.167-00.01.48.832.mp4. The very long timestamps don't help readability, but if you make multiple clips it might help you figure out which is which.
- Allow pre-formatting or pre-encoding the video for more format support
LosslessCut's interface needs some work. The menus don't have all the options you need, yet still include some that you really don't (Chromium's developer tools); some toolbar status details are clickable (OUT PATH), others aren't (playback speed, start/ end times), and overall it doesn't feel "finished".
But on the plus side, if you've ever used another trimming tool you'll already understand the key basics, and overall we found LosslessCut worked very well.