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

By Mar 08,2017 19:10 pm

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 (originally Wondershare Video Editor).

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.

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Part 1: How to Trim Video Files

Step 1Import 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 2Trim 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 3Export 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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Part 2: How to Trim/Split/Rotate/Crop/Merge Video File(Video Tutorial)

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.

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Wow! Amazing tips! When it comes to trimming my videos, I use this editing software: . It has all features needed for making beautiful movies with lots of killing effects.
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?
Newbie to WS. Been editing for 30 yrs so know FCP, Avid etc. (now retired) I sure would like to scrub down the audio track. Possible? ALso is it possible to lay a still photo over a jump cut WITHOUT MOVING THE VIDEO down the timeline. Thanks
I am also having an issue with stutter at spots where I split a video. It's strange because not all of my imported videos have this problem. But all my footage from my Mavic Pro drone have this issue. I've tried .mov and .mp4 from the drone and none can be split without stutter. Here is a video demonstrating the issue. I've split the video about every 1 second to illustrate the problem. I am going to email support and see if they have a solution to this issue.
My projects also skip and stutter between video edits in preview. Anyone have solutions?
Hi, has your issue been solved? Same here, I just bought it and the music just skipped between videos when preview.
I wish there were a way to add transitions and decide which video clip they would impede on. My transitions shorten both video clips. Also, if music is added, it always skips a bit between the two clips... Yelp?!
I have the exact same issue. It is so so so annoying.
when i trim a video, at that exact moment the voice stutters and I don't know what to do, because it used not to do this before and i don't know what happened.Can someone please help me because it has been so annoying to edit because I can't see the video correctly. Thanks!
• How-to tips for basic video editing
1.1 How to join video files
1.2 How to edit video frame
1.3 How to rotate video
1.4 How to crop video
1.5 How to trim video
1.6 How to reduce video size
1.7 How to compress video
1.8 How to improve video resolution
1.9 How to change aspect ratio
1.10 How to reverse your video