How to Edit/Trim/Crop Video in Windows Media Player

"I am wondering if Window Media Player can trim the video. I've searched multiple forums and help sites and only found an ad that was for purchase, and I was looking for something already a port of the program or for free" –Lonnie

windows media player

Windows Media Player does not come with "editing" features but plug-ins such as the SolveigMM WMP Trimmer can be installed and used to achieve your goal for free.

Detailed steps are provided here to teach you how to install and use this particular plug-in or the Windows Photos app without having to install anything.

Part 1. How to Trim/Crop Videos On Windows Media Player

As stated earlier, the Windows Media Player is not a video editor per se, and cannot be used directly to trim or crop your videos unless with the help of plug-ins. If you are looking for full-fledged video editing software, a quick search online could make options available to you or you can simply download and use Windows Movie Maker. However, the steps below provide details on how to use Windows Media Player to make the edit. Skip to the next section after this to use Windows Photo App to edit your video instead.

Please follow the steps below to install and use the SolveigMM WMP Trimmer on your device/Windows Media Player to quickly make simple edits to your video file.

Step 1: Download the SolveigMM WMP Trimmer plug-in.

Step 2: Install the downloaded plug-in on your device.

Step 3: On Windows Media Player, click the main menu item and navigate to Tools Plug-ins SolveigMM WMP Trimmer Plugin.

find the plug in solveigmm wmp trimmer

Your plug-in will be enabled/activated after selecting it from the menu.

Step 4: While playing the file you want to edit, move the blue slider to the section of the movie you want to trim/cut and click "Start".

Manually type the time of the video you want to start selecting into the Start box if you find using the slider difficult. Click the "End" button at the point you want the trimming to end.

Step 5: Find and press the "In" button to trim the selected portion; The "Out" button to cut the selected portion out of the original media file.

click in and out button

Step 6: Rename and save your trimmed video to a directory and that's all.

Part 2. How to Trim Video Using Windows App Instead of Windows Media Player

Please follow these steps to edit your videos with the Windows Photo App (Windows 10).

Step 1: Launch the app.

Step 2: Click "Import" to add the video(s) you want to edit.

For multiple files, please save all the files to a folder and import them at once.

Step 3: At the Storyboard section, you'll be able to trim your video by clicking the trim icon.

Step 4: Drag the trim markers to select the range you want to cut and click done.

Step 5: Preview and save your video!

Bonus Tip. How to Repair Video Corrupted for Wrong Editing Operation

One can easily damage their media files during editing. If you noticed that some media players can't play your edited video properly or the video was played but you noticed some abnormalities, then your video file was probably damaged during the editing.

In case of video damage, use the Wondershare Repairit Video Repair Tool to easily fix your video. This tool, which supports two fixing modes, that's "Quick Repair" and "Advanced Repair". To use this tool, please follow the simple steps outlined below. Screenshots have also been provided to guide you through.

Step 1 Download and install the software if you don't have it already installed on your device.

Step 2 After launching the software, open the location of the corrupt video file. Next, you drag the video from the location and paste it/them on the space provided on the Wondershare Repairit app.

add corrupted videos not playing on media player

Step 3 Select the videos you want to fix from the list of videos you added and wait for the video repair process to be completed.

scan broken videos

During the repair process, the repair progress will be displayed on the individual file(s) being repaired. Your video should work properly after the process is complete.

With it done, you can preview the repaired video.

preview repaired videos

If your video wasn't fixed by the Quick Repair Mode, you should probably try the Advanced Repair mode by clicking "Advanced Repair" in red behind the file.

advance video repair

Follow the steps below for the Advanced Repair mode:

Step 1 Click the "Advanced Repair" in red behind the video file and Upload a working file created by the same device.

Wondershare Repairit will analyze this sample and use it to work on the file you want to repair.

add sample videos

Step 2 After finishing the repair process. Select a save path/directory.

save videos to new location

That's it. Your video file should be working properly by now.


While you can't directly crop or trim your video on Windows Media Player, Plug-ins such as the SolveigMM WMP Trimmer can help you achieve this. This post has covered how to install and use this particular plug-in for cutting and trimming your video file using Windows Media Player, and just in case anything goes wrong during the editing process, leading to a corrupt video file, the post also covered how to repair your trimmed video. Hope you achieved what you wanted by using this tutorial.

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