Is there a way to use premiere like the hundreds of other "cheap" video cutters out there?

I need a quick way to select a portion of video, for example our source footage is often 1h long, and we need to cut out many 30s clips.

However, this needs to be a fast process, and we cant re-compress those clips on the export.

We have premiere pro, can this do the job? Every time I try, it wants to compress the footage.

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    What's the source container and AV codec? Is the OS Windows?
    – Gyan
    Commented May 15, 2012 at 9:41
  • We need to know what @Mulvya asked, however also compression is how you export in any editor - you HAVE to "rewrite" the data into a new file (otherwise there is no new file).
    – nchpmn
    Commented Jul 3, 2012 at 5:43

2 Answers 2


I know this is an old question abandoned by the asker, but I use ffmpeg to stream copy (re-mux) sections.

Example 1: Single output

Skip first 14 minutes and make a 30 second output:

ffmpeg -ss 00:14:00 -i input -t 30 -c copy -map 0 output
  • This will not re-encode, so the process is quick and preserves the quality.

  • Depending on your input format the output may not be exactly from the desired time, but usually it's close enough. See the -ss option in the FFmpeg documentation for more info.

Example 2: One segment of every n seconds

Use the segment muxer:

ffmpeg -i input -c copy -map 0 -segment_time 30 -f segment output%03d.foo
  • This will not re-encode, so the process is quick and preserves the quality.

  • Note that splitting may not be accurate, unless you force the reference stream key-frames at the given time. See the segment muxer documentation for more info.

  • Cool, but the poster asks specifically for Premiere.
    – kazanaki
    Commented Oct 13, 2015 at 12:28
  • @kazanaki More than 3 years ago... This answer is really targeted to others.
    – llogan
    Commented Oct 13, 2015 at 15:54

You can export your clips using one of the lossless options (e.g. Quicktime/PNG or Quicktime/Animation).

Notice that this will result in very large files so make sure that you have enough space.


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