You can use Clipchamp to trim videos to shorten them or remove parts of your video from the start or end of video clips.

How to trim a video in Clipchamp

Start a project and add your video file (or audio or image file) to the Your Media tab.

Step 1. Drag and drop the video into the timeline

Drag and drop the file you want to trim from the Your Media tab into the timeline.

User is dragging video clip onto the timeline

Step 2. Click on the clip to select it

Select the clip in the timeline. It will be outlined in color when it is selected.

Close up of selected timeline video clip

3. Drag the sides of the clip to trim or extend the duration

A trimming icon will appear when you position your cursor over the front or back end of the clip. Next, click and drag the side of the clip to the left or right to trim or extend it. 

Use the timecodes displayed on the top of the timeline as a guide if you want to trim or extend your video to a precise time.

Close up of the timeline video clip. User is dragging right side bar to make the video duration shorter

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 below. Here the end of the video clip aligns itself to match the audio clip below it.

Close up of trimmed video clip on timeline

4. Save your video

If you have finished editing and would like to save the video, click the Export button in the top right corner. For more information see: exporting your video.


How to zoom in or out of the timeline

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 corner of the timeline.

Close up of zoom in button on timeline

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


How is trimming different from splitting and cropping a video?

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


Try it out

Ready to try trimming a video, audio, or image clip?

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