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How to Take Part of a YouTube Video in Three Simple Ways

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Certain features on the YouTube website and app like liking, disliking, sharing, downloading and saving a video for later viewing are fairly straightforward. However, there’s no button which helps you take part of a video to create something of your own.

For this, you will need a way to save and extract the video permanently.

In this article, we will show you three simple ways to do just that. At the end of it, you will know how to take a section of a YouTube video to share or produce your own content.

Method 1: Using YouTube Editor to Take and Save Part of a YouTube Video

The first of three methods to take, save, or share a YouTube video is the YouTube Editor itself. If you are not a YouTuber or do not play around with the website, you might not be familiar with it. 

It is a simple video editing tool built into the website that anyone with a YouTube account can access. YouTube Editor is easy to use and a pretty nifty tool to save part of a YouTube video.

To use it, first, you need to download the video. YouTube itself, via the website or app, does not allow users to do this outside the platform. Therefore you will need a third-party tool for this part of the process.

How to Download a Portion of a YouTube Video

Since the video-sharing website doesn’t allow users to download content uploaded to the platform, there have been plenty of tools and websites that help users get around this.

YT1s is a useful online tool to carry out this action. It has been around for a while, and it only needs the link to the video you want to download.

Once the website is opened and you are on the site - 

  1. Paste the link in the URL box and select ‘Start’
  2. Choose the output format you want
  3. Click ‘Get Link’
  4. Wait for the conversion to finish and then click ‘Download’

After downloading the video, it is time to use YouTube Editor to take out the part you want.

How to Take, Save, and Share Part of a YouTube video with YouTube Editor

Now that you have downloaded the YouTube video, here is how to use YouTube Editor to take out parts of it.

STEP 1: Open YouTube Studio and Upload the Video

To access the YouTube Editor, you need to launch YouTube Studio. You can do this by clicking this link or opening YouTube and going through the account options as shown below.

After the Studio is open, upload the downloaded video by clicking either of the options numbered 1 and 2.

When you click the ‘Upload Videos’ button, you will get a pop icon window to complete the uploading process.

STEP 2: Open YouTube Editor

To open the editor, go to the ‘Content’ menu. It is the central point containing all the videos uploaded to your account.

In the Content tab, click the thumbnail of the video you want to extract content from, as shown below.

After clicking the video, open the YouTube Editor by clicking the ‘Editor’ option in the video menu.

STEP 3: Use the Trim function to cut out the part you want

Once you are inside the editor, begin taking out part of the video you have downloaded. To cut the video, select Trim.

Afterwards, move your mouse to the video timeline and place it at the beginning of the section you want to cut, then press ‘Split.’

Repeat the same process to cut the end part from the rest of the video. Then place the mouse at the end of the section and press Split. 

Next, drag the blue cursor at the beginning and end of the cut section to either end to cut out the unwanted part, as shown in the video below.

All you have to do now is preview your edit and save it once you are satisfied.

By hitting save, you have successfully taken part of a YouTube video. It is stored on your YouTube account, and all that is left is to share it.

STEP 4: Share the Video

YouTube Editor gives you the option of sharing a video privately, with links accessible only by those who have it or publish it directly on the platform.

To share privately, click the ‘Details’ submenu in the video menu and select the ‘Visibility’ option.

Here, you can choose between Unlisted and Private. If you set it to Unlisted, anyone with a link to the video will be able to watch it. It won’t appear on your channel or show up in YouTube search results.

With Private, the video will also not appear on your channel or in search results. It also can’t be accessed with a link. Rather, it will only be accessible by you and those you have chosen to view it. Just enter their email addresses to complete the sharing procedure, and YouTube will alert them. 

If you want to share the video with everyone, simply set the visibility to ‘Public.’ Then complete other settings like the video title and video description to ensure it gets to the right audience.

Hit ‘Save’ at the top right corner when you finish with the settings, and that’s it. You have successfully taken part of a YouTube video and shared it.

Drawbacks of Using YouTube Editor to Take and Share YouTube Videos

As you can see, while effective, the YouTube Editor is a long-winded method to take and share a clip of a YouTube video. The inability to download a video directly means you have to master another tool. That’s a lot of effort, especially if you are a regular user with limited experience with video editing tools. 

Additionally, the most you can do with the editor is cutting parts of a video. It is feature-limited and only useful for simple edits like blurring certain elements and changing the audio effect.

YouTube Editor also doesn’t support merging two clips. Users can’t create highlights with parts from different videos or combine a published video with a video of their own. Furthermore, even though YouTube has an extensive library of free audio sounds and tracks, you can’t add yours. 

Overall, there is a restriction on the level of customisation you can achieve with the editor. 



Private and Public sharing capabilities

Can’t add your own music

Blurring effect

Does not support video merging

Extensive Creative Commons audio library

Requires downloading the video before editing

Completely free

Limited editing features

Saved videos are permanent

Edited videos can only be shared on YouTube

Regardless of its drawbacks, YouTube Editor is helpful for anyone who simply wants to take, save and share parts of a YouTube video without any significant alterations. If you want a tool with better customisation capabilities, try using the second method.

Method 2: How to Save Part of a YouTube video with Keevi Video Cutter

Keevi Video Cutter is a simple yet powerful content creation tool that lets you import a YouTube video automatically without first downloading the video. All you need is a link. The cutter will extract the video to the editor, where you can perform all kinds of customisations.

You can cut out parts of the video, generate or add subtitles, add graphic effects like texts, GIFs, and Stickers. It also has an extensive audio library, and you can add audio files of your own too. 

Furthermore, it supports aspect ratio customisation to fit any platform, including Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.

Like YouTube Editor, Keevi Video Cutter is free. It supports downloading portions of as many videos as you want without restrictions. It is also entirely web-based, i.e., fully accessible with a web browser. There is no need to download software.



Free with zero watermarks

Exclusively web-based, no mobile app

Multiple personalisation features

Automatic video import

Step by Step Guide for using Keevi to Get Clips from YouTube

The number one edge of Keevi Video Cutter over YouTube Studio Editor and other video editing tools is the automatic video import with the video URL. Furthermore, it has an intuitive interface that makes it exceedingly easy to use. Here is a step-by-step guide on using it to take parts of a YouTube video.

STEP 1: Launch the Editor

Click this link to go to the editor’s website. After the page loads, click ‘Get Started’ to launch the editor.

STEP 2: Automatically import the video

After launching the editor, import the YouTube video by pasting the URL in the address bar as shown below. Keevi Video Cutter will automatically upload the video to the editor interface to begin the editing process.

Used a third-party tool to download the YouTube video already? Upload it manually to the editor. Just click the Browse button to open your system file explorer.

STEP 3: Select the parts you want to cut

Now that the video is in the editor, you can begin taking the sections you need. To ensure you cut out the right parts, use the magnifier in the bottom right of the editor to get a closer look at each frame.

It is also advisable to rewatch the video several times to determine the relevant parts worth saving and sharing.

STEP 4: Split the Video

Drag the blue cursor to the start time of the section you wish to keep. Then click the ‘Split’ button at the bottom left corner of the editor to separate it from the rest of the video.

Do the same thing for the end time of the wanted part to separate it from the rest of the clip. Now, you should have three separate clips. 

If you want multiple clips from the same YouTube video, repeat the entire process on all the video sections.

When you want a single clip from the video, you can trim the video, i.e., cut out the beginning and end, leaving only the relevant middle part.

To do this, simply adjust the sliders at both ends of the video to the start and end times of the part you want.

STEP 5: Delete unwanted clips from the timeline

There will be several unnecessary parts in the video editor timeline at this point in the editing process. Leaving them there will leave the workspace cluttered and increase the possibility of making a mistake.

To delete unwanted clips, select the part you want to remove in the video track and click the trash icon. Don’t forget to use the magnifier to ensure you are deleting the correct clips.

When all the unwanted clips are deleted from the video timeline, you have successfully taken part of a YouTube video. Once you finish, it is now time to customise the clip.

STEP 6: Use editing features to personalise the video

A significant advantage of using this method to download specific parts of a YouTube video is how much personalisation you can do to the extracted clip.

You can perform a range of editing actions like adding other media files to the video.

Keevi Video Cutter also supports the addition of contextual texts. Brand the video with animated texts with customisable properties like font type, font color, and size.

Also, add subtitles manually or let Keevi’s advanced artificial intelligence generate one for you.

Use the sticker feature to add some flair with GIFs and emojis.

Reshape the video for other platforms with settings like aspect ratio and video output quality.


STEP 7: Save and Share the Clip

After cutting out irrelevant sections and applying the various personalisation features, preview your work by clicking the playback button on the editor. 

It is helpful to go over your work and fix mistakes you may have made.

When you are satisfied, complete the extraction by clicking ‘Export’ on the top right corner of the editor.

It will take you to the rendering page, after which you can download the clip to save permanently on your computer. You can also share it on various social platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and even YouTube.

That’s it! You now know how to take, save a part of a YouTube video and share it anywhere with Keevi Video Cutter. But that is not all you can do with the editor. You can also save and share a section from multiple YouTube videos and make them into a single video.

How to Clip and Merge Parts of Multiple YouTube videos into one

There is another significant advantage of using this method to download certain parts of a YouTube video. It allows you to extract clips from multiple YouTube videos at once and merge them into one video. The feature is one of several reasons that make Keevi Video Cutter an ideal video editing tool.

With it, you can create entirely new videos in any genre using published YouTube content, saving you time and effort of recording it yourself.  On that note, here is how to use this feature to create a video from different clips.

STEP 1: Add the first video

To begin, you have to import the first YouTube video into the editor. Launch the editor and paste the video URL in the address bar, same as the process explained above.

STEP 2: Add more videos

After importing the first video, import other videos into the video track by selecting the ‘Add Media’ menu at the top of the editor.

In the Add Media submenu, you can add all kinds of media, including images and audio files, to merge with the original video. Once the pop-up video opens, paste the URL of the YouTube video to import it into the video editor.

Repeat this process for all the videos you want to extract from and merge into the final project.

STEP 3: Split, Delete and Merge the videos

When all the additional media files are in the video timeline, repeat the split and delete process as explained for a singular video. Only this time, you repeat the process on each video in the video track.

After cutting out irrelevant sections, leaving only the clips you want, arrange the time placement of each part in the order you want them to appear in the final video. Then drag each clip next to the other to remove empty spaces between them and prevent any overlap.

Once the clips are in order and there is no narrative-damaging overlap, use any of Keevi’s personalisation features to customise the video.

STEP 4: Export the Video

Use the playback button repeatedly to keep track of every editing change. When you finish, click the ‘Export’ button to render the merged YouTube clips.

When rendering is complete, download and save the finished video to your computer. Alternatively, you can share it directly to YouTube or other social media platforms. However, don’t forget to set the aspect ratio of the final video to fit the publishing platform.

How to Cut Music from a YouTube video with Keevi

A nifty digital content trick is changing the meaning and intention of a video by changing the background music. Keevi Video Cutter lets you do this too. 

You can cut music from a YouTube video or upload an audio file of your own. The editor also has an extensive library of stock audio, and you can record a voiceover track.

To take advantage of this Keevi feature, follow these steps.

STEP 1: Add your Audio file

Once you have uploaded the YouTube video for clip extraction, replace its original audio file by adding your preferred track.

To do this, simply head over to the ‘Add Media’ menu and select ‘Add Audio.’

Then select the ‘Click to upload audio’ option in the pop-up window. You can also insert the URL of a YouTube audio file or record a voiceover, as shown below.

STEP 2: Edit the audio file

Once the audio is in the video track, you can perform a couple of edits to set how it matches your video. Supported editing capabilities for audio elements include adjusting time placement, audio trimming, and volume setting.

  • To set the time placement, place the mouse on the file until it changes to a four-way arrow. Then drag and place where you want it to appear in the video. You can also set this manually by editing the timestamp above the volume control.
  • Trimming audio follows the same process as the video file. Simply place your mouse at either end of the file and drag it to the left or right to set the audio length.

STEP 3: Export, Save, and Share

Preview your work with the playback button and make further adjustments if necessary. Once satisfied, render the new video by hitting the export button at the top right corner.

After rendering is complete, save the new video to your computer or share it directly to any social platform of your choice.

Method 3: Using YouCut to Share Portion of a YouTube video

It is better to edit videos on a computer than on a mobile phone because of their processing power and the larger screen. Nevertheless, there are moments when you want to save and share a portion of a YouTube video with your mobile device.

YouCut is a handy, free tool to help you do this. It has all the relevant editing capabilities, including trimming, splitting, and cutting. It also has rich customisation features, including adding your own audio.

However, the app has the same issue as the YouTube Editor. Before you can take, save or share a part of a YouTube video, you must first download it to your device. Once you do that, it is pretty simple and straightforward to use.

     How to Share Part of a YouTube Video with YouCut

Before using the app, first, download and install it from the play store. The app is only available on Android devices, but iOS users can use its sister app, InShot. The editing process is the same.

After installing the app, follow these steps to save and share sections of a YouTube video.

STEP 1: Import the video

Launch the app and click the ‘Plus’ button to open your file directory. Then trace the location of the downloaded YouTube video, select it and click the arrow at the bottom right corner to import the video into the editor.

STEP 2: Press Trim to take the part you need

Once it is in the editor, press ‘Trim’ in the editing panel to extract the part you want from the YouTube video.

Inside the Trim menu, you can either trim, cut or split parts of the video. Use the trim option if you want a single section from the video. Just move the sliders to the start and end times of the relevant section.

Otherwise, use the split and cut functions to separate each part and delete the unnecessary ones before merging them into one video.

STEP 3: Save and share the video

After extracting the section you want from the YouTube video, apply other editing features to customise the video. You can add -

  • Music and sound effects
  • Contextual text
  • Emojis, and
  • Change the playback speed.

When you finish, press ‘Save’ on the top right corner to export and render the final video. After pressing Save, you can set the output quality you want. High-quality formats are strongly recommended.

Once the save is complete, you can share your creation with friends on WhatsApp and other messaging apps or publish them on social media platforms.

Is it legal to Share YouTube videos?

It is just not enough to know how to share a section of a YouTube video. You should also know if you are committing copyright infringements when you do so. In this sense, legality is more about the particulars of the video and how you share them.

It is okay to share a video if it has a Creative Commons license or is in the public domain in terms of the former. Videos with such licenses support free distribution as long as the author or creator receives accurate attribution.

You can check if a YouTube video has a Creative Commons license by checking the video description or searching the video and filtering by ‘Creative Commons.’ Taking and sharing any part of a YouTube video without these particulars is generally considered copyright infringement.

However, unlicensed use of copyrighted works is permitted if shared under certain circumstances. This refers to how you share the video, and it is called Fair Use. Taking and sharing part of a YouTube video is considered fair use if you -

  • Keep the shared content short - ‘short’ here is undefined and varies from case to case. But the lower the fraction of copyrighted content you use in your work, the lesser your chances of flouting copyright rules.
  • Create something new out of the original - this is called transformative use. By adding something new or reshaping the original video, you transform it into something different. This is another benefit of using Keevi Video Cutter as it possesses rich features suitable for this purpose.
  • Use the copyrighted content out of context - you may also avoid copyright infringement if you use the video differently from its original purpose or intention. This could mean using the clip as a meme or sound effect.
  • Comment on the original work - copying part of a YouTube video might fall under fair use if your new video is a commentary or reaction to the original work. Doing so transforms the YouTube video into a different form of content. Keevi’s record feature is a helpful tool to achieve this.
  • Give proper credit - if you share a section of a YouTube video, you might be able to avoid copyright infringement if you give proper credit to the creator. It means citing their name and referencing/linking to the original work. However, permission is still wholly dependent on the creator.

Tips for Saving and Sharing Parts of YouTube videos

There are different reasons one might want to take part of a YouTube video to save or share. Here are a few tips to help you get the best out of them.

  1. Share the most engaging part of the video.

If you are going to share parts of a YouTube video on social media, whether in promotion of your channel or just for fun, stick to the interesting parts. Most people have short attention spans, especially when scrolling through social media.

To capture their attention, it is essential to use the most relevant parts to ongoing conversations or moments that are more likely to draw a reaction.

  1. Use compelling descriptions when sharing on social media.

When sharing your edited video on social media, remember to use thought-provoking and exciting descriptions. Use relatable phrases and if the video is about a trending topic, let your description reflect that. Using relevant hashtags can also be very beneficial.

A bland description or none at all will lessen the likelihood of the video being seen by many. 

  1. Save in widely acceptable file formats.

From MP4 to AVI and FLV, there are multiple formats in which you can save downloaded parts of a YouTube video. Not all of them are supported by every video editing or social platform. In case of doubt, always stick with MP4. It is widely accepted and playable on any device.

Remember, if you save in the wrong format, you might have trouble getting others to view the video. And converting it to a different format may depreciate the original quality of the clip.


Whether it is content promotion or sharing fun clips, knowing how to download a portion of a YouTube video is a useful digital skill. Fortunately, there are countless tools one can use to achieve this purpose.

Although they have a roundabout editing process, YouTube Editor and YouCut are helpful tools. However, we recommend Keevi Video Cutter. It is straightforward and easy to use, with rich enough features to personalise clips and transform them into unique, fresher content.

Hammad Akbar
Hammad Akbar
September 8, 2021