Video Editing

How to trim videos online for free

Posted July 12, 2018
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**** updated on 31st May 2020 ****

One of the simplest ways to improve the quality of your video content is to trim it. Trimming allows you to get rid of unneeded footage from the beginning and end of a video, letting you get to the action quicker, and making sure the video is timed perfectly.

It’s also a handy tool to cut out awkward moments at the beginning and end of a recording, e.g. before a speaker is ready or at a good moment after an interview ends.

If you’re putting together multiple shots to make a short promotional video or music clip, trimming your video clips is also a great way to create an engaging experience for your audience.

With Clipchamp Create, you have a simple and free tool to help you trim video online. It works in the browser without any extra extensions and without needing to upload your videos. They’re available to trim instantly as soon as you start the editing project.

How to trim videos online

Step 1. Create an account

Log into your Clipchamp Create account, or sign up for free to get started.

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Step 2. Create a new project

Select the Create a Video button on the left side bar. We offer five different formats to choose from. Select the video ratio that best suits your project. We recommend using widescreen 16:9 if you are wanting to upload to YouTube.

Step 2. Create a new project

Step 3. Add the video clips you want to trim

To add your own video clips to the editor, simply select the + Add Media button in the left toolbar. Alternatively, you can use clips from our Library of stock video which is what we’ll be using as an example in this tutorial. To add stock video, click the Stock button in the left toolbar, enter your search terms into the search bar and click the + button to add clips to your media library. To return to the editor, click the Close button.

Step 4. Add your clips to the editor timeline

To start editing your clips, you’ll need to add them to the editor timeline. To do this click, drag and drop your clip to the timeline. A green outline and green + button will appear once you’ve dragged your clip to the correct position to drop.

Step 5: Trim your videos

Before you start trimming, it’s a good idea to make sure you can see your entire clip on the timeline. If you can’t, simply click the Zoom Out tool a few times until it comes completely into view.

To start trimming, select your clip on the editing timeline, a green frame will appear around it. Move your mouse to either end of your clip to see a Trim tool appear. To trim, simply pull this tool inwards to the desired point. 

If you trim too much, don’t worry! You can always pull the Trim tool back out to restore your clip.

Step 6. Review and export

Now it’s time to review your video. Once you’re happy with it, click the Export button at the top right corner of the editor, then select your resolution and click Continue.

And this is it. As you can see, trimming videos is easy! Our free video trimmer and editor makes it a quick process without any complicated steps, no prior experience required.

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