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YouTube Video Clipper: How to trim and crop YouTube Videos

Jean updated on May 21, 2020 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

YouTube, as a service, offers a built-in editor, which helps you to trim and crop the videos if you made a mistake. However, the tool is too cumbersome to use, and compared to that, an offline or online YouTube Video Clipper looks like a better alternative.

Another scenario is where you want to mix a couple of YouTube videos that you do not own. There is no way to do such a thing online, which again raises the need of a video editor, which can help you do so. In this post, we are talking about EaseUS Video Editor, which can act as an ultimate YouTube Video Clipper.

In the end, there are a few more alternatives which might interest you.

What are Trimming and Cropping Features? What is Clipping?

Trimming means shortening while cropping means cutting part of the frame. So, when you trim a video, you are removing part of the video. That section can be at the start or end or in the middle. Cropping is useful if your frame has too many unnecessary elements, and you want to focus only on a section. EaseUS video editor is capable of both the features, which ultimately helps you to clip the video in a way you need.

Clipping in general means to trim videos, but cropping is also a part of it. The later is clipping the frame of a YouTube video.

How to Clip YouTube Videos with EaseUS Video Editor

Before we go ahead, make sure you know the aspect ratio of the video. Most of the videos are shot for 4:3, but if you are using a video from Instagram or Portrait shot, then choose differently.

Step 1:  Import the videos

Open the software, and create a project based on the aspect ratio. Next, drop the file in the Media section. You should be able to see the thumbnail of each video. It is useful when you have a lot of videos, and you need to pick the right one. If you have confusion, select the video and click on the play button to preview it.

You must clip the videos one by one. Do not drop all the videos together. Instead, drop the first one on the timeline, and then edit it.

Step 2: Clip or Trim videos

crop video step 1

Select the playhead, the blue line, and move it to the place where you need to clip the video. The playhead is usually at the start of the video, and you will need to hover your mouse over it, and then drag it.

Once you are sure that this is the part where you need to split the video, right-click and select Split. You can also use Ctrl + B to cut it. Repeat this for any number of places and remove parts of the video which are not needed. 

Step 3: Crop videos

crop video step2

Coming to the cropping part, right-click on the video and select the Crop option. You can also click on the drop icon, which is shown by a square with a diagonal inside it. It will open another video with a yellow frame on the margins. The margins will have small boxes. You can hold them and drag them to the size of the frame you need.

Once you are sure, click on the play button to preview how the video will look in the cropped frame. Resize if you do not like this until you are sure. Once done, click on the OK button to apply the changes.

Repeat until you are through. Anytime you want to revert the change, use Ctrl + Z to reverse the change.

Step 4: Export videos

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The last part is exporting the final output. You can export videos in various formats and for multiple formats. Choose an output format that can play on almost every device, including mobile phones. MP4 is the standard format for such cases. If you plan to upload on a video platform such as YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, or file-sharing sites such as Google Drive and Dropbox. There are multiple options, and it will match your needs.

You can also change the quality of the output by changing the resolution. The free version offers up to 720P, while paid version supports 1080P. You can also choose quality for the audio files.

Pros:

  • Easy to use interface.
  • It offers free background, transitions, effects, and more.
  • It supports both trimming and cropping.
  • Option to create a video in the format of major social media platforms.

Cons:

  • Available only for Windows.

Alternate to EaseUS Video Editor for clipping YouTube Videos

1. YtCutter: It is an online tool where you need to enter the URL of the video, and then set the start and end time. You can then preview and download the file. The footage you download will be the clipped part of the whole video.

Ytcutter for youtube videos

Pros:

  • You can download as audio, GIF, screenshot, or video.
  • The tool offers high cropping precision of up to 0.1 seconds.
  • You can download multiple times by changing the start and end times.

Cons:

  • It only works online.
  • A limited number of export formats.
  • You cannot crop part of the video frame.

Platform: Works on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

2. Kapwing Video Trimmer: This online tool allows you to upload a video or enter a YouTube video URL to trim or cut a video. Once you do so, it will open a video editor where you can enter the start and end of the video. You can also choose to cut part of the video. Once you are through, download the file and play it on your computer.

Kapwing for video clipping

Pros:

  • The advance editor that allows adding text, images, scenes, audio, subtitles, shapes and more
  • Set exact start and end timing.
  • Combine multiple parts of the video as one.

Cons:

  • It is an online tool only.
  • It offers a limited number of export formats.

Platform: Works on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

3. iMovie: It’s a free movie editor for macOS users, which offers similar features as that of Movie Editor in Windows. You can quickly clip a YoutTube video to create a trailer or a movie. You can merge multiple YouTube video clips after downloading them into the software.

iMovie for video editing

Pros:

  • Beautiful templates and storyboard to create trailers
  • Free backgrounds and transition effects.
  • It offers all essential tools such as split, cut, crop, filters, and more.
  • Share Projects directly on social media.

Cons:

  • It works only on macOS.

Platform: macOS and iOS only.

4. Hashcut: If you want to clip multiple YouTube videos and create a mashup, it is a perfect tool. Add the URL of the video, add to recording after clipping, and then repeat. You can also choose to save the clipped video or the final mashup.

hashcut for video trimming

Pros:

  • Chrome extension allows you to clip, annotate and share video directly from YouTube.
  • Clip, add text and stickers and create instant highlight rules.

Cons:

  • Limited in terms of features compared to other tools.
  • Sign-up is compulsory to create a mashup.
  • Loads very slow when you access clippings and mashups.

Platform: Works on all platforms.

5. Video Editor (Windows): Windows also offers an inbuilt video editor that can act as a YouTube Video clipper. Once you drag and drop the downloaded video on the timeline, you get access to all operations.

Pros:

  • Add motion effects, 3D effects, and filters.
  • It offers operations such as trim, split, and speed changer.
  • Remove or show black bars.
  • Free background music.

Cons:

  • No predefined templates.
  • It works only on Windows.

Platform: Windows 10 only. Video Editor comes preinstalled in Windows 10.

Conclusion

EaseUS Video Editor is an excellent YouTube video cutter that allows you to cut a YouTube video even it is not yours. You can download the videos, drop into the editor, and shorten it or add more videos to make an ultimate mix. It is also a lot better than online trimmers as they only reduce the video length. However, with this software, you can add effects, transitions, and many more things.

Besides cropping or clipping a Youtube video, you can also use it to convert a Youtube video to MP3 and other popular formats as you need.

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