You can use Clipchamp Create to trim videos, i.e. remove parts from the start or end of video clips to shorten them. Here's a step by step guide with images:

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How to trim a video clip

First, start a Create project and add your video file (or audio of 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 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 (outlined in colour). 

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

Position your cursor over the front or back end 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. 

In the below example the end of the video has been trimmed so it is 4 instead of 8 seconds long:

NOTE: The edge of the clip that is being trimmed will snap into place to match the edges of other clips in other tracks when it is dragged close to them, as shown in the example above (where the end of the video clip is aligning to match the purple audio clip below it).

4. Save your final video

If you're finished editing and would like to save the video or videos in your timeline to your computer, click the Export video button in the top right. For more information see: exporting your video.

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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. For more information on how to use the timeline, see working with the timeline.

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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.

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Try it out

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


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