YouTube Cutter

If you want to trim your YouTube videos, you’re in the right place. Descript’s AI-powered video editing tools let you cut full, raw footage into tight videos in just a few clicks.

Crop, cut, & edit with Descript

Descript is a YouTube video trimmer that will streamline your social media game, just like canned soup streamlined soup making. Highlight, copy and paste in the transcript to create short clips for social promotion. Add captions with a click, then animate them, change fonts and colors, or add waveforms, progress bars and other scroll-stopping effects. When you’re ready, publish in whatever aspect ratios works best on the social platform you’re bound for.


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How to cut a YouTube video

Step 1

Upload your YouTube video

Drop your video file into Descript or paste in a YouTube link to upload it to a new project. Descript will automatically generate a transcript that stays synced with your timeline. 

Step 2

Cut, split, & trim via the transcript

Once transcription is complete, all you have to do is delete the sections of text you don’t want. Descript will cut those sections from the video without losing any quality. You can also split your video into standalone clips by right-clicking and duplicating your selection to a new composition.

Step 3

Share your video

When you’ve trimmed as much as you want, you can directly publish your video to your YouTube channel and other supported platforms, or download your video file to upload to TikTok, Instagram, etc.

Crop, cut, & edit with Descript

Descript is a YouTube video trimmer that will streamline your social media game, just like canned soup streamlined soup making. Highlight, copy and paste in the transcript to create short clips for social promotion. Add captions with a click, then animate them, change fonts and colors, or add waveforms, progress bars and other scroll-stopping effects. When you’re ready, publish in whatever aspect ratios works best on the social platform you’re bound for.


Download the app →

Make better tutorials and vlogs with Descript’s YouTube cutter

Transitions

After cutting and splicing your video, add crossfades to smooth out your transitions. Descript automatically adds room tone when you insert a gap clip, so you can make cuts without jarring dead spots.

Shapes

Overlay shapes in any hex color for watermarks and borders on your video. You use them to create graphics in Descript. Or add a lot of shapes to create the effect of alphabet-soup (with shapes instead of letters).

Dynamic subtitles

Descript’s Fancy Captions makes dynamic subtitles in a click. Choose the size, color, and font. Add animations for eye-catching playback, and upload your fonts to make on-brand video content.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I cut YouTube videos online?

Descript enables you to make cuts and upload videos to YouTube. Unfortunately, once you’ve created a YouTube URL, you can only make cuts with their online video editor if you want the same video URL. Luckily, the online YouTube video cutter in their studio works pretty well if you need to remove something.

What is the difference between a cut video and a cropped video?

YouTube videos exist in four dimensions (The fourth being the endless depth of the internet, or something. Have some soup.). Due to metaphors we’ve inherited from the old days of film editing, we use cropping and cutting to refer to visual and temporal alterations, respectively. Descript does both. Descript’s cropper capabilities let you resize your video to exceed the frame using zoom cues, making elements (like your face) more prominent while retaining video quality; or change the orientation and rearrange your elements just by clicking and dragging. That comes in handy when converting a video for iPhone or Android-based social apps.

Can I have my YouTube video cut and downloadable for free?

You and your team can download Descript’s free version on any Windows or Mac computer and start collaborating. The first three hours of transcription are free with unlimited uploads. Upgrade to the $12/month Creator package for 10 monthly transcription hours and watermark-free uploads or the $24/month Pro package for 30 monthly transcription hours. Contact us, and we’ll negotiate the Enterprise package, including training, onboarding, and your own dedicated account representative, who definitely loves soup.

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YouTube Cutter

If you want to trim your YouTube videos, you’re in the right place. Descript’s AI-powered video editing tools let you cut full, raw footage into tight videos in just a few clicks.

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How to cut a YouTube video
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Step 1
Upload your YouTube video

Drop your video file into Descript or paste in a YouTube link to upload it to a new project. Descript will automatically generate a transcript that stays synced with your timeline. 

Step 2
Cut, split, & trim via the transcript

Once transcription is complete, all you have to do is delete the sections of text you don’t want. Descript will cut those sections from the video without losing any quality. You can also split your video into standalone clips by right-clicking and duplicating your selection to a new composition.

Step 3
Share your video

When you’ve trimmed as much as you want, you can directly publish your video to your YouTube channel and other supported platforms, or download your video file to upload to TikTok, Instagram, etc.

A better way to cut & trim YouTube videos
Edit YouTube videos like a doc

Forget fiddling with the editing timeline to make precise cuts. Just highlight the text, hit backspace, and your video adjusts instantly. You can even add stock media, animations, and captions.

Automatically cut and create clips with AI

Let AI find the best moments in your YouTube video to create ready-to-post social media clips in seconds. Just specify the number of clips, duration, topic, and layout, and your very own AI Underlord takes care of the rest.

Publish directly to YouTube and more

Go from editing videos to uploading them directly to supported platforms like YouTube and Google Drive without leaving Descript. No more juggling multiple tools and manual uploads.

Questions? We have answers
How do I trim long YouTube videos online?

Descript enables you to make cuts and upload videos to YouTube. Unfortunately, once you’ve created a YouTube URL, you can only make cuts with their online video editor if you want the same video URL. Luckily, the online YouTube video cutter in their studio works pretty well if you need to remove something.

Can I have my YouTube video cut and downloadable for free?

Descript lets you cut your YouTube video for free  – whether you have a Mac or Windows. Visit Descript's pricing page to learn more about our additional pricing plans.

What is the difference between a cut video and a cropped video?

Cutting a video means removing sections of it, like cutting the parts you decide don’t want, or cutting an intro from a video file to use as a quick social media clip.

Cropping a video allows you to resize the visuals and focus on specific areas or change aspect ratios. Cropping comes in handy when converting a video for iPhone or Android-based social apps.

What file formats does Descript support? 

Descript supports AVI, MP4, MPEG, MOV, OGV, WMV, WEBM, and Apple HDR*. 

*Apple HDR files will be converted to SDR, though results may vary

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Descript is the only tool you need to write, record, transcribe, edit, collaborate, and share your videos and podcasts.
More than a YouTube cutter
Descript is an AI-powered audio & video editing tool that lets you edit podcasts and videos like a doc.
  • Text-based editing
    Editing is as easy as a doc with Descript. You just delete the parts of the transcript you don’t want and watch the magic happen.
  • Remove filler words
    Let Descript cut out all your “um”s, “uh”s, and “like”s with the click of a button.
  • Studio Sound
    A single click will make your audio sound like it was recorded in a studio. No more background noise, static, or echo.
  • Clips
    Cut up YouTube videos to create TikToks, Reels, GIFs, and more.