You can use Clipchamp Create to trim a video or audio clip – i.e. remove parts from the start or end of the clip to shorten it. Here's a step by step guide with images:


How to trim a video or audio clip

First, start a Create project and add your video, audio or image file to the project's media library. Then:

1. Drag and drop the video into the timeline

If it's not already there, drag and drop the file you want to trim from the media library area into the timeline at the bottom of your project.

2. Click on the clip to select it

Click on the clip in the timeline so it is highlighted. 

3. Drag the edge of the clip to where you want it to be

Position your cursor over the edge of the clip (a trimming icon will appear), then click and drag the edge of the clip to the left or right to trim or extend it. 

This will trim the clip.

The associated audio of a video clip (that grey part underneath it) will always be trimmed together with the video.

NOTE: The edge of the a clip that is being trimmed will also snap into place to match the edges of other clips in other tracks, such as audio and title clips, when it is dragged close to them.


Timeline Zoom

Depending on what kind of trimming you want to do, it can be useful to zoom out to see the whole clip, or zoom in to see small differences. To do this, click the plus (+)  and minus (-) icons in the top right hand corner of your timeline.


Exact Trimming

If you would like to be more exact when trimming, you can position the scrubber (that white vertical line with a circle on top) exactly where you want to trim it to.

Then drag the edge of the clip toward the scrubber in the timeline. Once it gets close it will snap into place where the bar is.

When trimming, you will also see the timecode (minutes, seconds and milliseconds) appear above the edge of the clip, and can use that to trim to a particular length.


How is trimming different to splitting and cropping?

Splitting a clip allows you to cut a clip in half and move the two parts separately. You can also use this method to 'trim' by splitting the clip and then deleting the remaining part. To learn how to split a clip, see: splitting or cutting video and audio clips.

Cropping a clip allows you remove unwanted edges or black bars you see in the frame of a video to "zoom in" on it. It is different to trimming, which involves shortening a clip. To learn how to crop a video, see: cropping videos or images.


Try it out

Ready to get started? Head straight to Create to try it out for yourself:

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