When you watch a video on YouTube, you might want to trim out or share a short section with our friend instead of using the whole video. Here are some examples:

  • Highlights: Spread the word about a hilarious or unbelievable moment, like when LeBron walked out of a press conference.
  • Video memes: Add a caption to a short clip that expresses a feeling or circumstance
  • Cut out the intro: Shorten a clip to the relevant section without an extended intro.

You also might want to cut out a section of the video. That is, you might want to remove a piece to keep the most interesting bits.

In this article, I’ll describe the easiest way to cut out a segment of a YouTube video using a free, online tool called Kapwing.

Kapwing allows you to import the video directly from a YouTube link, cut out a section, and download the shortened MP4. You can share, save, and use the trimmed video your own creations. Kapwing is an online website, so you won’t need to install any software to use it, and you can access it from your phone or computer.

How to cut out a section of a YouTube Video:

  1. Copy/paste the link to the YouTube video
  2. Choose the section that you want to trim
  3. Process, download and share

Copy the URL of the YouTube video you want to cut. Then, open the Video Trimmer and paste the URL. Kapwing will automatically import your video from YouTube.

Online Video Trimmer Homepage
Online Video Trimmer Homepage

Step 2: Choose the Section You Want to Trim

Move the start and end time sliders to select the section of the video you want to include. The preview will show you what your output clip will look like.

Trim Video editor

If you're using a computer, you can also use the "+ Add Cut" button to cut out or remove sections of your video. When you add a cut, a red slider appears representing the section you want to cut out of the video. Use the start and end sliders to adjust the piece you'd like to delete, and preview what the video will look like when it jumps over the cut section.

This video editing technique is called a "jump cut" and can be used to increase the tempo or pace of your video and remove mistakes. Once you're done with all your cuts, click "Done." If you want, you can make other changes like adding text, images, or music to the new video using options in the toolbar above. Then click the red "Export Video" button to start processing your video.

Step 3: Download and Share

Once the video has processed, you can download the clipped section straight to your device.

If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final video.

Hope this article helps you share YouTube video highlights with the world. Note that you can also use Kapwing’s audio trimmer if you want to download the music from the YouTube video as an MP3. Happy trimming!

For more ideas, tutorials, and features, check back in at the Kapwing Resources page or our YouTube channel! And remember to tag us @KapwingApp whenever you share your content on social media– we love to see what our creators are passionate about! And be sure to subscribe to the Kapwing Resources page – we’re constantly writing new tutorial and features to help you make the most out of Kapwing.

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