How To Shorten The Length Of A YouTube Video Without Deleting It

Do you want to trim the beginning or end of
an existing video on YouTube?

Perhaps you want to remove the end of an old video but maintain the views, comments and rankings that you’ve worked hard to attain.

YouTube enables you to trim the existing video on your channel
without having to download and edit it on your computer.

Here are the steps to shorten a video clip on YouTube…

  • Go to your video manager
  • Select the video that you wish to edit
  • Click edit
  • Find the section of your video that you wish to remove
  • I want to remove the ending of my video that starts
    at 3.00 and ends at 3.34
  • To do that click on “enhancements”
  • So you hover over where it says “trim out parts of your video”
  • Click “trim”
  • Move the scrubber to where you want to trim the video
  • So I want to trim it at 3.00
  • To do that I just click “split” then I want to move the scrubber
    to the end of the video
  • So I don’t need to split it again..I just move it to the end of the video
  • Click the “X” to delete that part of the video
  • Click “done” to confirm the changes
  • So here is the original…here’s the preview
  • Here’s the start of my video and you can see that it only goes up to 3.00 so if we go to the end of the video to check if the video has been shortened
  • The end section has been removed
  • That means I’ve shortened my video length
  • I can revert back to the original and start again
  • I can save it as a new video but that means I’ll
    lose all the comments, views and rankings
  • I’m going to save it as an existing video and therefore I won’t lose the views, comments and rankings
  • So I am going to click “save”
  • It says “this might take a while..while edits are processed, users will continue to see the current version of of your video” so you’ll wait a few minutes
  • Click “save”
  • Here you’ll get a notice across your video that says “edit in progress”
  • So while that’s happening I can optimize the video
  • So if I click “edit” I can change the title, I
    can edit the description and the tags
  • So I am going to change it to “how to feature a video on
    your channel home page for returning subscribers”
  • Click “save changes”
  • Let’s check if it’s been processed
  • Go to my video manager again
  • Now the video has finished processing
  • Let’s check the video
  • Here’s the start..let’s go down to the end
  • The end section of my video has been successfully removed

Now you know how to shorten a video clip on YouTube and maintain the views, comments and rankings that you’ve worked so hard to attain.

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