Trim Video

Trimming videos is as easy as editing text when you use Descript as your video trimmer. Just upload your MP4, MOV, GIF, or other supported file type. Then trim, cut, join, and edit in the auto-generated transcript or timeline.

Skip the drudgery. Save hours.

No need to spend weeks trying to learn traditional video editing software. With Descript, if you know how to use a word processor you can start editing video. Just find the part of the video footage you want to trim, highlight it in the transcript, and tap the delete key.

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How to trim a video the easy way

Descript is a simple but powerful video trimming tool that makes it easy to cut out all but the most compelling content. Unless you’re capable of speaking and acting perfectly on camera, and doing it in the optimal time for social media clips, video trimming is vital to a video creator’s success.

Step 1

Upload or create your video

Once you open a new video project, you can drag and drop your video to upload it. Descript will generate a transcript of the video that’s synced to your timeline, that you can trim and cut to make changes to your video.

Step 2

Trim your video in the transcript or timeline

Highlight and delete the parts of your transcript you want to trim from your video. Just hit backspace like you would in a text editor. You can also trim your video in the timeline by dragging the corners of the clip. With Descript’s non-destructive editing, your original video stays intact.

Step 3

Polish and share your trimmed video

Once you’re happy with your video, click Publish to export your video, upload it directly to a supported video platform like YouTube, or generate a shareable web link or video embed code.

Skip the drudgery. Save hours.

No need to spend weeks trying to learn traditional video editing software. With Descript, if you know how to use a word processor you can start editing video. Just find the part of the video footage you want to trim, highlight it in the transcript, and tap the delete key.

Download the app →

Transcribe and edit like a doc

Transcribe your video in seconds, then make edits to the parts that need trimming or enhancing, just like you’d edit a document. Descript is a powerful video trimmer that lets you clean up the messy, slow, and rambling parts of your video — then optimizes the file size for speed and quality when you’re ready to publish.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the file format types supported?

Whether you’re looking to trim video from your iPhone, Mac, Dropbox, Google Drive, or wherever, Descript supports ALL video formats. Except WebM, ProRes codec MXF, MTS, and Apple HDR. Other than those, all of them.

What video editing features are not currently supported with the online tool?

While Descript’s feature set is quite robust, there are still a few features that aren’t supported. One is color correction — for now. But Descript lets you easily trim video, add social-media effects like animated captions and progress bars, insert key frames — all the essentials for making compelling video.

Can I trim audio on a video file?

Damn right you can. Descript is a fully powered audio editor. You can trim audio the same way you trim text, and refine your sound with EQ, compression, ducking, and all the features you’d expect. Plus AI-powered magic like Overdub voice synthesis and Studio Sound noise reduction. And with Descript’s automated Filler Word Removal capability you can remove ums, uhs, likes, you knows, and repeated words with a single click, reducing the length of your videos by up to 10%.

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Trim Video

Trimming videos is as easy as editing text when you use Descript as your video trimmer. Just upload your MP4, MOV, GIF, or other supported file type. Then trim, cut, join, and edit in the auto-generated transcript or timeline.

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How to trim a video the easy way
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    Drag your file into the box above, or click Select file and import it from your computer or wherever it lives.
Step 1
Upload or create your video

Once you open a new video project, you can drag and drop your video to upload it. Descript will generate a transcript of the video that’s synced to your timeline, that you can trim and cut to make changes to your video.

Step 2
Trim your video in the transcript or timeline

Highlight and delete the parts of your transcript you want to trim from your video. Just hit backspace like you would in a text editor. You can also trim your video in the timeline by dragging the corners of the clip. With Descript’s non-destructive editing, your original video stays intact.

Step 3
Polish and share your trimmed video

Once you’re happy with your video, click Publish to export your video, upload it directly to a supported video platform like YouTube, or generate a shareable web link or video embed code.

Fast, seamless video trimming powered by AI
Trim your transcript to trim your video
Other video editing software forces you to repeatedly scrub the timeline to pinpoint exact moments to trim. Descript makes it easy to select those moments in your transcript and just hit backspace to remove them from your video. You can even eliminate filler words and remove retakes with just one click.
Make every cut seamless with Regenerate
Trimming and cutting should be invisible to viewers. Unfortunately, that’s not always easy. Descript’s Regenerate feature lets you use AI to smooth out even the roughest cut by sampling the area around it to even out the tone and volume. So it's like the cut was never there.
Cut, rotate, resize, and more
Crop, flip, and edit to your heart's content while keeping your original video safe and sound. Descript makes it easy to experiment as you edit without worrying about making mistakes. Just create a new composition in the same project whenever you want to try something out.
Questions? We have answers
How do I trim YouTube videos?

You can trim YouTube videos on the platform itself:

  1. Go to YouTube Studio.
  2. Select Content from the left menu.
  3. Click on the title or thumbnail of the video you'd like to edit.
  4. Select Editor from the left menu.
  5. Select Trim & Cut, then click on New Cut. You’ll see a red box in the editor.
  6. Drag the sides of the red box and stop when it's covering the part you'd like to remove. Anything out of the red box will stay intact in the video.
  7. To confirm your edits, select Cut.
  8. Click Save.

You can also trim your YouTube videos and publish them directly to YouTube through Descript.

How can I use compositions in Descript to create video clips?

Compositions in Descript are basically alternate versions of your video. You can use them to create as many different versions of your video as you want, even pulling out specific sections of your video to create new compositions for truly non-destructive video editing.

What's the difference between "trim" and "cut" in video editing?

Trimming in video editing is the process of removing sections from a video clip, usually at the beginning or end, to adjust the length or where it starts and stops.

Video cutting can happen anywhere in a video clip and involves separating part of a video from the whole to remove it, rearrange it, or create a short clip. You can delete these sections altogether or turn them into social videos.

Because the outcome can be similar, sometimes the terms are used interchangeably.

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