How to Trim Part of a YouTube Video and Play Back a Specific Time Range Clip 2


Many teachers want to use video in their classrooms, but may not always want a full-length video to play. Follow these instructions to get just a segment of a video and automatically play only that clip.

YouTubeViral videos, instructional flipped-classroom videos, and videos to illustrate concepts. These are a few examples of how teachers are using video-hosting services, like YouTube, in the classroom. Videos can range from mere seconds all the way up to hours, but sometimes you might only want a specific section of the video to show your class.

With the effort it can take to cue the play scrubber up to the exact starting moment in the video and stop it at just the right time, getting a segment of a video to play can sometimes be a hassle. This is especially true if you have to go through the autoplay of the beginning of a video that might be distracting or boring. But what if you could have your video link automatically play just the range of time in the video that you wanted?

That. Would. Be. Awesome.

Well, now thanks to a free web service, courtesy of TechTipsForAll, you can trim a YouTube video and create a clip that will automatically play only the specified range. Follow the steps below to obtain a special URL for your video that will play just the range of time you want:

  1. First you need the YouTube URL of the original video you’d like to trim.
    • To get this, go to the address bar of your video, highlight and copy the entire link.

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  1. Next, go to this website: j.mp/trimvideoclip to open the video trimmer tool
    • The app is made up of a simple form that looks like this:

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  1. Paste your YouTube video URL in “What is the YouTube video URL?” box.
  2. Select Just the Link from the drop-down menu called “Where do you want to embed part of YouTube video?”
  3. In “At what playback time you want your video to start?” fill in the start time of your video clip (in seconds.)
    • For example: if you want to start the video at 1 minute 35 seconds, you should type 95 in this box.
  1. In “At what playback time you want your video to stop?” fill in the stop time of your video clip (in seconds.)
    • For example: if you want to stop the video at 1 minute 55 seconds, you should type 115 in this box.
  1. In “Do you want the video to start playing automatically?” select either Yes or No.  If you select “Yes,” the video would start playing automatically; if you select “No,” the video would start playing only when the viewer clicks on the video.
  2. Click Get the Code! to get the link as per your selections to your trimmed YouTube video clip.
  3. Paste link into new web browser tab and hit enter to go to your trimmed YouTube video clip.
  4. Hit play.

Do you have another way to obtain a trimmed portion of a video and get it to play automatically? Post your idea in the comments below.

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Gary is an influential teacher leader with extensive experience educating students at the high school and university level. He is a regular conference presenter, education speaker, and leader of staff development for educators. His classroom practice embraces a collaborative environment centered on constructivist teaching, project-based learning, classroom branding, Modeling Instruction, standards-based grading, and mobile device technologies.

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Gary is an influential teacher leader with extensive experience educating students at the high school and university level. He is a regular conference presenter, education speaker, and leader of staff development for educators. His classroom practice embraces a collaborative environment centered on constructivist teaching, project-based learning, classroom branding, Modeling Instruction, standards-based grading, and mobile device technologies.


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