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. Here’s why:

  • Fast. Does exactly one thing: clipping.
  • Kapwing has no ads. It’s trustworthy and doesn’t ask for any personal information.
  • It’s free to use, although there will be a small watermark in the corner of your video.
  • You don’t have to download any software

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. You can read more about the product and why we built it on the home page.

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: Change Start and End Time

Use the white sliders to adjust the start and end time of the video. The arrow keys allow for finer adjustment. As you clip the video, the preview will update to show you what your clipped output video will look like.

When the video looks correct, click the pink “Done Trimming >” button to process your video clip.

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.


I hope that this article and tool help you clip your videos efficiently and cheaply. Trimming can help you meet time requirements on social media or share the most meme-worthy moment from a longer YouTube video. If you want to make other edits to your video, try out the more powerful Kapwing Studio instead. In the Kapwing Studio, you can trim your video by clicking on the layer and choosing the “Trim” button in the upper left corner.

The studio also lets you:

and more…. Kapwing also has a simple audio trimmer that you can use to clip out sections of a song.

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