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.

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 a free 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. Download and share

1) Copy/paste the link to the YouTube video

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.

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. Once the preview looks right, click “Create” to process the trimmed section.

Screenshot of the Kapwing video trimmer

3) Download and share

Once the video has processed, you can download the clipped section to share on social media, message to friends, use in your own videos, save, or make into a meme!

If you’re using a mobile device, you’ll need to download the very small Kapwing mobile app from the App Store. The app doesn’t require any login – it’s only meant to help you download your content! To download your picture on your iPhone, just copy the URL of the download page and paste it into the URL field in the Kapwing app. Now it's ready for you to share anywhere!

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.