You don’t need to download a professional video editing program just to clip your video. When you want to cut a section out of a video, you want a fast tool for clipping it directly. In this article, I’ll explain how to use a free online tool called Kapwing to clip your video.

Why I recommend Kapwing’s Trimmer

When you need to clip a section of a single video, Kapwing’s trimmer is the quickest software solution and the best trimmer online.

In the example I show below, I’m clipping a timelapse I filmed on my phone when I got a henna tattoo. I’m clipping down this video (which is more than one minute long) to a short 5-second nugget. Here are the four steps to clip your video:

  1. Open Trimer
  2. Upload Video
  3. Change Start and End Time
  4. Finish and Share
Output video after clipping

Step 1: Open Trimmer

Head to Kapwing and find the video trimmer.

Step 2: Upload Video

There are two ways to upload your video: upload it from your device or import from a URL. Pasting a link is really useful for clipping a section out of a YouTube video or importing a video from Google Drive, Giphy, Imgur, Vimeo, Instagram, or another website.

Once you upload your video, it will load in Kapwing’s editor. You can play and preview what your video will look like.

Step 3: Trim, Cut, or Split Your Video

Grab the ends of the video layer in the timeline below and drag to the side to adjust the start and end time of the video. To add a cut in your video, move the time slider to the part of the video you want to cut in the Timeline below, then click the Split button. Making another split at a different part of the video will create an isolated clip that you can delete or move and trim as desired.

You can add text, images, audio, other videos, and more to your video using the options on the left side. When you're all done, click the Export button in the upper right corner of the Studio.

Step 4: Finish and Share

After the video is done processing, you can share the final video page URL with your friends! You can also download the video clip if you want to publish it on social media or convert it to a GIF.

For more ideas, tutorials, and features, check back in at the Kapwing Resources page or our YouTube channel!