Utilizing Free Tools for Mac: A Quick Guide to Creating Multiple Clips from a Long Audio File Using QuickTime

Here is a quick and easy guide on how to split a long audio file into multiple clips using QuickTime, a free tool available for Mac users. This can be particularly useful when you want to segment an interview, a podcast, or any long recording into smaller, manageable pieces. Let’s dive right in!

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Open Your Audio File

  • Launch the QuickTime Player on your computer.
  • Open the long audio file you wish to segment.

Step 2: Select a Segment

  • Navigate to the “Edit” option in the menu bar.
  • Select “Trim” or press “Command+T” to activate the trim tool.
  • Drag the yellow handles to highlight the portion you want to create as a separate clip.

Step 3: Trim the Segment

  • Click on the “Trim” button.
  • This action will isolate the selected segment, making it ready for saving as a new file.

Step 4: Save the Segment

  • Go to the “File” option in the menu bar.
  • Choose “Save” or “Export” to save this segment as a new file.
  • Give it a distinctive name and choose a save location before clicking “Save”.

Step 5: Repeat for Additional Clips

  • Reopen the original long audio file in QuickTime.
  • Repeat steps 2 to 4 to create multiple clips without losing any segments of your audio.

Step 6: Completion

  • You now have multiple audio clips saved as separate files, ready to be used as needed.


  • Remember to reopen the original file each time you want to create a new clip to ensure no segments of your audio are lost in the process.


Splitting a long audio file into multiple clips doesn’t have to be a complex process. With QuickTime, you can easily create multiple clips in just a few steps. We hope this guide proves helpful in your audio editing journey. Happy editing!

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