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LosslessCut – A Simple Cross-Platform Video and Audio Cutter

LosslessCut – Video and Audio Cutter
Written by Divine Okoi

LosslessCut is a free cross-platform tool for trimming/cutting both video and audio files. With it, you can cut out and discard large parts of video and audio files without losing any quality.

It has no need for encoding or decoding which allows it deliver a speedy service. Said to be great for rough processing of video files taken from a video camera, drone, GoPro, e.t.c.

LosslessCut can take in-app screenshots of the video at any given time; uses ffmpeg to carry out its grunt work, and it supports lossless cutting in the most common audio formats. If you ever got lost mid-way press h to display a list of keyboard shortcuts.

LosslessCut Features:

  • Free to use and download.
  • Open source with source code available on GitHub
  • Lossless video cutting
  • Take JPG snapshots of the video (automatically saved in the same folder as the video as PNG files
  • Supports a plethora of formats/codecs including MP4, MOV, WebM, MKV, OGG, WAV, MP3, AAC, H264, Theora, VP8, and VP9.
  • Support for keyboard shortcuts.
  • Display shortcuts list using h.

Install LosslessCut by downloading its .zip package from GitHub, extracting the archived file, and double-clicking on the “LosslessCut” executable file to launch the app.

Download LosslessCut for Linux


Using LosslessCut is straightforward.

  1. Add the video either from its menu or by drag and drop.
  2. Next, select the start (i.e. the “<” icon) and end (“>” ) time of the video you want to cut.
  3. Click the scissors icon to export it.
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Do you have an opinion on LosslessCut? Perhaps you use a different video editor to shorten your video and audio files while maintaining their quality. Feel free to make your suggestions in the comments section below.


About the author

Divine Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a Computer Science graduate with a passion for Linux and Open Source software. He is studying again for an MSc in Cybersecurity but still makes time to write about the best software the market has to offer.