Have a YouTube video you want to clip? Or a video you filmed on your phone you want to shorten? If you need to trim off a few seconds from the beginning or end of your video, you can use a free online tool called Kapwing to trim your video instead of installing heavyweight desktop software. In this article, I’ll show you how to make your video shorter online.

How to shorten your video

Step 1: Upload your video

Open Kapwing’s Video Trimmer and upload your video. You can load your video from your phone or computer, or you can paste a URL from YouTube to import it directly. It should take a few seconds for your video preview to load. 

Step 2: Choose the section you want to trim to 

Move the start and end time sliders to take time off the beginning and end of your video. Your video will be trimmed down to the highlighted section. You can preview what your shortened video will look like in the Kapwing editor and adjust to capture the exact clip you want. Once it looks right, click the “Done Trimming” button.

Step 3: Download and share

After your shortened video is processed, you can download it to share the MP4 with friends or publish on social media. 

About Kapwing: Benefits and limitations

Kapwing is an online video editor, meaning it works on any device (phone, tablet, and computer; iOS and Android) and doesn’t require any app installs. 

  • Cost: It’s free to use, but in the free version there will be a small Kapwing watermark in the corner of your video. You can pay a small fee to remove the watermark from your video or subscribe to the Kapwing Pro plan for unlimited no-watermark videos. 
  • Upload size limit: Right now, Kapwing only supports videos that are up to 300 MB in size and 30 minutes long. 
  • File types: The Kapwing trimmer supports all major video types (MP4, MOV, etc). Kapwing’s other features – like the add text and meme maker tools – support images and GIFs too. 


I hope this article helps you trim down your video to emphasize the best content! Clip out the best, funniest, most interesting and informative parts to share with others. In the future, we want to make it possible to trim “out” a section of the video by merging trimmed pieces together, enter a precise time stamp, and collaborate with colleagues on the video length.

As always, feel free to reach out with questions and ideas for improvement! Happy shortening.