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Trim Videos - How to Trim Video Clips Effectively (YouTube Included)

Want to trim out a funny part of a YouTube video? Or just cut out the shaky or useless parts of a Camcorder video to save space on your hard drive? Here's the solution: find a powerful video trimmer like Wondershare Filmora.

With this professional video editing application, you can effectively keep any part of the video but remove the rest in Timeline editing. This article will explain how to trim a video clip quickly and easily. If you don't want to download software, we will offer a bonus in the end.

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Part 1: How to Trim Video Files with Filmora

Step 1: Import and add video files

First, click "Import" on the primary windows and select video files from your computer, or simply drag and drop files to the User's Albums before adding them to the Timeline for trimming. This video editor supports almost all regular video formats, including MP4, FLV, AVI, 3GP, MOV, F4V, M4V, MPG, MPEG, TS, TRP, M2TS, MTS, TP, WMV, MKV, ASF, MOD, TOD, EVO, etc.


Step 2: Trim video clips on Timeline

1)the unwanted part is at the beginning or the end of your video clips

Hang your mouse at the edge of the video clips until the trim icon shows up, then drag it forward or backward to the ending points of the unwanted part to trim it out .


2) the unwanted part is in the middle of your video clips

When the useless part is in the middle of your video clips, to trim it out, you need to split the video first then delete the split part .To split the video , firstly , you need to locate the beginning and ending points of the unwanted part by dragging the playhead forward or backward then at the beginning and ending points, click the scissor icon to split it.


Secondly, drag the playhead on the unwanted part then click the dustbin icon to delete it. What if you delete a necessary part by accident ? Do not worry as you can click the “undo” icon to get it back .


Trim YouTube Videos

Downloaded YouTube videos (FLV) are fully supported by Wondershare Filmora. You can trim as many YouTube videos as you like in no time at all. But first, you need to download the YouTube video using our Free YouTube Downloader or your favorite YouTube downloader.

Step 3: Export trimmed video

When you finish trimming, click "Create" and select whatever you like to save the trimmed video. You have 4 options: Device, Format, YouTube and DVD. You can save video in other formats on your local computer by clicking "Format". If you want to play videos on iPod, iPhone, iPad, click "Device". You can also directly share your remixed videos on YouTube or burn video to DVD to free up space on your hard drive.

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Video Editing Tips: Besides video trimming, Filmora provides other video editing features like adding background music, adding photos, adding special effects, etc. Especially, the transition effect is very helpful to merge the two video clips. Watch the video below to check how to edit videos in Filmora.

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Part 2: How to Trim Video on Windows 10 with the Built-in Trimmer

If your computer operation system is Windows 10, you are so lucky becasue you can also trim vdieo on Windows 10 without downloading any third party software. Below are the detailed steps.

Step 1: Open File Explorer and choose the video that you want to trim. Then right click on it to select "Open with > Photos".

Step 2: Click on the video and you will see a top bar where you need to choose "Edit and Create". Then select "Trim".

Step 3: The triming is very easy. Just drag the start and end slider to select the part that you want to save. You can preview the work by clicking "Play" icon.

Step 4: After you get what you want, click on the "Save a copy". It may take a while to create your work. Once it is completed, go to the same folder to find the trimmed video.

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Conclusion - Online Solution

If you want to have an online solution, Filmora video trimmer is a free online tool that can help you trim video instantly. You can upload your video from computer and video link with drag-and-drop. It is easy to use with the slider or just input specific start and end times for precise trim. It also supports various importing and exporting video format, including .mp4, .mov, .wemb, .mpeg, .flv. More importantly, the exported video is free of watermark. It is definitely worth a try!

Oct 10,2018 11:41 am

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Thanks for that Tom. Spent the last 3 hours trying to get precise split but couldn't get anywhere near it.
You can find easy solution here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c2Oq3zPNi0
Aha, I figured out the second issue of precision, if I zoom in then I can get more precise timings. But I'd still like to have the ability to just type the times instead of dragging.
What's an easy way to trim a video to a specific time by typing instead of click and drag? I have a video and specific instructions on where to trim - e.g. a 3 minute video that I already know I want to get :30-1:03. I'd love to just type those numbers in somewhere instead of clicking and dragging. Also, the dragging on my laptop is not precise enough for me to get down to the fraction of a second where I want it.
Hi @davidselbow:disqus , nope, but the developers are going to add this feature in the future versions.
Hi @vicenterrodrguez:disqus , I think you have to crop the video to get 1:1 aspect ratio, please check this guide: https://filmora.wondershare.com/guide/editing-video.html#crop-video
I am going crazy trying to figure out how to do a video 1:1 for Instagram with Filmora, I bought the programme just to do this videos and seems I didn´t do a good invesment...
Is it possible to speed up parts of the video clip - say from 1.50 to 2.10?
Thanks a lot for the excellent tutorial!!
I'm so sorry - i did not notice your comment on here. No, mine is still prevalent. Now I make separate videos and join them at the end. Have you been able to resolve it?
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