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How to Edit the Length of a YouTube Video

Vanessa Chiang updated on Dec 22, 2020 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

Have you uploaded a video on YouTube which is already live, and you found a mistake? Did you see an error in someone else's video, and you would like to fix it? These are some of the reasons why anyone would like to shorten or edit the video length. To edit a video, there are two methods: trimming and cutting.

While trimming reduces the length of the video, splitting means to cut the video into two halves. It can be at the start or in the middle. The part between the split section can then be removed to reduce the length. Both the process go hand in hand for precisely remove what is not required in the video. YouTube Video Editor offers both of these tools, which can be applied to a video that is already live.

How to Edit the Length of YouTube Video With EaseUS Video Editor

For EaseUS Video Editor, you need to describe its main functions objectively and show users how to trim or cut YouTube videos with EaseUS Video Editor in details with step by step guides and screenshots.

Before you start editing videos with EaseUS Video Editor, you will have to download it from YouTube. This is possible using the EaseUS MobiMover app. It can download an online video once provided with the URL. Once the download is complete, make sure to copy it in a place from where you will not delete it.

The Steps of Edit Length YouTube Video Using EaseUS Video Editor

Step 1: Open EaseUS Video Editor and select the aspect ratio of the video. It is usually 16:9 for YouTube Video. Next, drag and the video which you downloaded in the start into the timeline.

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Step 2: You can trim the video by dragging the start or the end of the video using the mouse. It will automatically reduce the length of the video. If you want to cut part of the video, move the playhead to the point where you want the first split. Then use Ctrl + B to split it. Then again, move the playhead to the second position and repeat the process. To remove the selected part, press the delete key.

Change video length of YouTube video

Step 3: Lastly, click on the export button and then choose the quality and format of the output video. Depending on the length of the video, the exported video will be saved into the computer at the set location.

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How to edit the length of YouTube video with the built-in Video Editor in YouTube

If you already have a video uploaded on your channel, you can use the YouTube Video built-in video editor to edit the length of the video. YouTube Editor is part of Creators Studio, which is a complete management tool for all YouTubers.

Step 1: Click on the pencil icon to open the video into edit mode, and then switch to the editor. Then click on the Trim link to get into trimming and splitting video.

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Step 2: To remove part of the video, move the mouse over the section, and then drag to the time till which you want to delete. Click on the x icon that appears on top of the selection. The part of the video will be removed.

YouTube Video Trim Split Videos

Step 3: To split the video, and then remove it, move the playhead to the point from where you want to start splitting. Once you have set the range, select the portion using the mouse, and then delete it.

Step 4: Click on the Save button to finally apply the change. Post this YouTube video will process the change and apply it in some time. Until then, the older version of the video will still be live.

While the YouTube editor works and is able to change the length, it is a cumbersome process. Not only trimming, and splitting is confusing and takes time to learn, the video conversion takes even longer. The worst part is that there is no way to revert once the part of the video is removed.


Now that it is clear how you can use the splitting and trimming feature of YouTube Editor to edit the length of the video, it should always be used as the last resort. It is best to use a software editor to edit the videos you plan to upload to YouTube. Not only the EaseUS Video Editor offers the highest quality output suitable for YouTube videos, but it also gives a plethora of features to enhance the video. You can also revert back if something went wrong.

FAQs on How to Edit Length of YouTube Video

There have some questions about the edit length of YouTube video, if you want to know more, you can keep on reading.

1. How do I trim a YouTube video in 2020?

You can use EaseUS Video Editor or YouTube built-in editor to trim any YouTube Video. While former is when you edit it before uploading, the latter is after you upload. As the editor offers a lot of tools to add effects to the video, you can use it on an everyday basis to manage the videos.

2. Can I shorten someone else's YouTube video?

Yes, you can. However, you will need to download it on the computer. You can use the EaseUS MobiMover tool to download the videos, and then you can shorten that YouTube Video using the EaseUS Video Editor or any other video editor tool.

3. How do I edit a YouTube video after uploading it?

YouTube offers an inbuilt editor to split and trim videos. You can remove unnecessary parts of the video and save it. The advantage of using the editor is that you don't lose any views of the existing video.

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