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How to Trim Video Clips Effectively [YouTube Updated]

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Nov 28, 2022• Proven solutions

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 handy video editing application, you can effectively keep any part of the video but trim out unwanted parts in Timeline editing. This article will explain how to trim a video clip quickly and easily in several ways in Filmora.

Part 1: How to Trim Video Files Easily

There are quite a few tools to trim video, however, Wondershare Filmora is your first choice if you need more advanced features like automation cutting.

First, you need to download Wondershare Filmora and install it. Note that it's free to try this software.

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Once Filmora is installed on your computer, you may follow the below steps to trim a video 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 Media Library before adding them to the Timeline for trimming.

This video trimmer supports almost all regular video formats, including MP4, FLV, AVI, 3GP, MOV, F4V, M4V, MPG, MPEG, TS, TRP, and M2TS, MTS, TP, WMV, MKV, ASF, MOD, TOD, EVO, etc.

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Step 2: Trim the video before adding it to the timeline to save your time

The latest Filmora allows you to trim video footage quickly before adding it to the timeline, so you can trim the same video footage several times and load only the needed clips into the timeline. Here is how to trim video roughly and quickly in Filmora.

  • Double click the video in the media library to preview it first
  • Mark in and out points by clicking the { icon and } icon to select the start and endpoint
  • Drag the clip from the media library to the timeline and you will see the trimmed segment.
  • Repeat the steps above to continue trimming videos.

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Step 3: Trim video clips on Timeline

Whether the unwanted part is located at the beginning, the ending, or the middle of the video clip, you can trim it out with ease in Filmora.

1) the unwanted part is at the beginning of 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.

Chooose the edge to trim in Filmora

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 and 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.


Besides the above methods about trimming videos in Filmora, you can also place the playhead on the frame that you need to trim, right-click on it and then select Trim Start to Playhead or Trim End to Playhead to delete the video content in front of the playhead or behind of it.

Quick Trim Start to Playhead option

Tips: How to Trim a Youtube Video

If you are wondering how to trim YouTube videos in Filmora, you need to download the YouTube video using some YouTube Downloader or your favorite YouTube downloader. Downloaded YouTube videos (FLV) are fully supported by Wondershare Filmora since it supports a wide range of video formats. Import the downloaded YouTube video to Filmora and then follow the steps above to trim and cut your YouTube clips. You can trim as many YouTube videos as you like in no time at all.

Step 4: Export trimmed video

When you finish trimming, click "Export" and select whatever you like to save the trimmed video. You have 5 export options: Format, Device, YouTube, Vimeo, and DVD. You can save videos in other formats on your local computer by clicking "Format". If you want to play videos on iPod, iPhone, or iPad, click "Device". You can also directly share your remixed videos on YouTube or burn videos 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 operating system is Windows 10, you are so lucky because you can also trim video 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 trimming 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 the "Play" icon.

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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.

Filmora also has an instant cutter tool that can trim and merge videos without quality loss. Just download Filmora today and try it by yourself. Click to check the detailed Instant Cutter Tool guide.

If you don't want to download software, you can try some free online video cutters such as Filmora Online Video Trimmer, which is totally free and has no watermark in the end. You can upload your video from your 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 the watermark. It is definitely worth a try!

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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