About one billion hours of videos are watched every day on YouTube, but sometimes you only want to see a few seconds. It's easy to find your favorite clip in a video while you watch on YouTube, but it can be more complicated to download bits of videos in order to edit them, post them elsewhere, and watch them whenever you want.

I'm going to show you how to convert a clip from a YouTube video, no matter how small, to a downloadable MP4 video without paying any fees, downloading any software, waiting for minutes, or compromising your device. To download any part of any YouTube video, you'll need to know just 4 steps:

  1. Copy the video's link
  2. Upload it to the Kapwing Studio
  3. Cut out the part(s) you want to download
  4. Publish & download!

To get started, you'll need to find the video you want to download on YouTube. Use one from your subscriptions feed or Favorites folder, or search for the video you're looking for using YouTube or Google video search.

Just copy the video's link to get started

If you're using a computer, right click on the YouTube video to copy the URL, or use the URL in the top of your browser. Once you've found the video you want to download, right-click on its URL at the top of the window and select "Copy." Now you're ready to upload it to the Kapwing Studio. If you're using the YouTube mobile app, you can copy the URL of a video by clicking the "Share" icon (it looks like an arrow), then selecting "Copy Link."

Step 2: Upload the Video to the Kapwing Studio

With your YouTube link copied, head over to Kapwing.com and click "Get Started." Or, if you're already signed in, click "New Project," then "Start with Studio." This will take you to the Kapwing Studio, where you can use all of Kapwing's video editing tools in one place. Now, just right-click on the URL field and choose "Paste." Your video will immediately begin uploading to the Studio.

In the Studio you can trim your video and make any edit you want

Step 3: Cut Out the Part(s) You Want to Download

Once your video is fully uploaded to the Studio, it's time to cut the part (or several parts) that you want to download. Just select your video and choose "Trim Video" from the right-hand menu. If you want to choose one segment of the video, click & drag the endpoint buttons until you've selected the part you want to download.

Cut out a single part, or add cuts to select several clips

If you want to grab a couple different parts, just split the video up by choosing "Add cut." Drag the ends of the red cut line to adjust the part of the video you want to skip. To make a "supercut," or you can add as many cuts as you want. While you're in the Studio, you can also add text, change the music, make it into a GIF, or resize to a custom size with the aspect ratio controls in the right-hand panel.

Step 4: Publish & Download!

Once your video has been uploaded to the Studio, just click the red "Publish" button in the top right corner. Kapwing will work quickly, and your video will be ready to download in no time!

One more click, and your video is saved to your device

When your trimmed video is finished processing, click “Download” from the right side of the screen. On the download page, you can also log in to remove the Kapwing watermark for free, if you haven't done so already. That's all you need to do to trim a YouTube video and save it to your device. The MP4 video file is now available for you to watch, share, publish, and re-use.

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