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The Best Tools For Cutting-Out & Saving Portions Of Online Videos (Or Annotating Them)


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You sometimes might want to only show portions of online videos and not its whole length. This is a short list of what I’ve found to be the best tools to use to do just that.

Here are my recommendations for The Best Tools For Cutting-Out & Saving Portions Of Online Videos:

Tube Chop allows you to very easily just cut-out the portion of the YouTube clip you want to show. As an example, I’ve embedded a two minute clip from the nauseatingly paternalistic movie “Dangerous Minds” into my other blog, Engaging Parents In School (Though I’ve got issues with the movie, the clip of a teacher home visit is great).

SafeShare.TV also lets you crop videos. Nik Peachey has written a good tutorial on how to use it.

Matt Cutts, a Google engineer, explains that it’s possible to directly link to any portion of a YouTube video by just adding a few characters to the end of a YouTube url address. For example. following a YouTube address, if you add #t=31m08s, it will take you 31 minutes and 8 seconds into the video.

Here’s another related app: Video Ant is a neat application that lets you easily “annotate” YouTube videos. You can read more about it at Free Technology For Teachers.

“Drag On Tape” lets you splice portions of different YouTube videos with an online editor. There are other online applications that allow you to cut portions of one video, but I don’t think any of them let you put them all together like “Drag On Tape.” Its slick interface certainly isn’t as simple as those others are, so it might a little tricky for some non-tech savvy people like myself, but many should be able to figure it out.


Reelsurfer lets you clip portions of videos. It doesn’t appear that different from the other tools on this list except in one important way — In addition to being able to use the service to clip YouTube videos, Reelsurfer lets you do the same thing with videos from Vimeo. That’s pretty unusual.

The mobile app Bloop It lets you easily clip a twenty second clip from any video and send it to a friend. is a new site that lets you easily pick any YouTube video, pick the specific segments you want to show from it, and then put them all together. That ability could be useful, though I think the option of making the segments “looping” is just an annoying feature.

What would really make very helpful would be if they added the ability to get segments from multiple videos and put them together — now that would make it stand out in the crowd of other sites.

Vibby lets you share segments of YouTube videos with inserted questions. You can read more about it at these two Richard Byrne posts.

HoloKlip lets you…clip sections of YouTube videos.

Feedback, as always, is welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


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  3. You should try, a free tool to chop a segment of a YouTube video. Videos are embedded on Facebook and you can save your video as a gif !

  4. I’m looking for a simple clipping program, online or downloadable, for YouTube videos. I blog. I’m on (not and am limited in the formats which I can embed. I’m happy enough for now just being able to embed YouTube vids. I’d fork out for the ability to embed more formats, but don’t see the need for that.

    What I do need is an ‘editor’ that will allow me to embed sections of others’ YouTube videos. I tried Chop it or whatever it’s called. But I can’t make heads or tails out of it. It worked, but I have no idea whether I can use it. There’s nothing there that I can use to keep track of my chops. I don’t want to ‘change’ anyone’s YouTube videos, but I suppose it can be argued that when you shorten them, then you are changing them. It’s sort of unfair. I can’t quote from articles but I can’t ‘quote’ from YouTube videos.

    What can I use, now that you understand exactly what my needs are?

    If you’re still there. Thanks in advance.

  5. That should have been “I can quote from articles.” My bad.

  6. Hello, this is Makoto from StepUp.
    We do actually have a functionality to put segments from multiple videos via tags.

    Here is how to add tags into your steps (

    We also developed a playlist feature which has more control over how to group multiple steps. It’s currently restricted so please shoot us at info @ if you want to try out.



  7. I highly recommend Allavsoft which is a professional tubechop Downlaoder. It can batch download tubechop with subtitles .


    This video finally helped me! Download video through then use youtube editing tool. Easy and sensible at last!!!

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