About one billion hours of online videos are watched every day on YouTube, but sometimes you only want to see a few seconds. When you find your favorite clip in a video while you watch on YouTube, you may want to crop out and download that part of the video in order to edit it, post it elsewhere, and watch it whenever you want.
Once you've downloaded your online videos, you can watch them offline or upload them to a different cloud storage system (like Google Drive or Dropbox). You can also share that part of the YouTube video without needing to start and stop at specific timestamps.
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. You can download videos to watch offline without downloading an app, installing video editing software, or waiting a long time. To download any part of any YouTube video, follow these 4 steps:
- Copy the video's link (YouTube URL)
- Upload it to the Kapwing Studio
- Cut out the part(s) you want to download
- Publish & download!
Step 1: Copy the Video's Link
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
It's also possible to crop out a specific section of the YouTube video. Select the video layer and use the "Crop" button to move to the section that you want to include. Click "Done cropping" to include that section of the video only.
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!
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.
Remember to tag us @KapwingApp or using #Kapwing whenever you share your content on social media– we love to see what our creators are passionate about! Thanks for reading this article, and I hope this helps you and your friends save time by watching the best parts of YouTube videos instead of the whole thing.