How to Trim a Video from a Microsoft PowerPoint Slideshow

You may want to enhance your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation by including a video, but you only need a certain part of the clip. Fortunately, you can trim a video directly in Microsoft PowerPoint. We’ll show you how.

Instead of using a separate or specific tool video editing software, PowerPoint includes a slicing function. This allows you to keep only the part of the video you need and present the clip with your slideshow exactly as you want.

To note: You can only trim videos you insert from your computer, not videos from the web. So if you are trying to cut a video from YouTube, it cannot be done here.

Cut video in PowerPoint

You can add the video to your PowerPoint slideshow on the slide you need and wherever you want. You can even resize the video and adjust the volume and other playback options before trimming it.

When you’re ready, select the video to display the Playback tab. In the Editing section of the ribbon, click “Trim Video”.

Trim video in Playback tab

This opens a small editing window for you to trim the clip. You can enter the start and end times of the part of the video you want to keep, use the markers to select the start and end, or a bit of both.

If you know the exact start and end times, you can enter them in the corresponding boxes. You can also use the arrows on the sides of the boxes to adjust the times in small increments.

Enter start and end times

Additionally, you can use the start and end time markers directly below the video to choose the part you want to keep. Drag the green marker to set the start time and the red marker to set the end time.

Drag start and end markers

You can also use a combination of these tools to identify the exact points to start and stop the video. Press the Play button, then press Pause when you see the time you want. You can then enter that time in the Start Time or End Time box depending on which part you want to keep or move one of the markers there.

Press Pause

If you can only play a specific duration of the video due to time constraints, you can check it by displaying the duration at the top right after trimming it.

Show duration

When you have defined the section of the video you want, click “OK”.

You will see the video on your slides update to play only the part you kept during the trimming process.

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Reset or edit trimmed video

If you change your mind about how you trimmed a video, you can reset it to its original state or change where you trimmed it.

Select the video, go to the Playback tab, then click “Trim Video” as you did initially.

You will notice that the video trim settings are exactly as they were when you trimmed the video. This allows you to adjust as needed.

Edit a trimmed video

To reset the video to its original length, simply drag the green start marker all the way to the left and the red end marker all the way to the right. Click “OK” to play the full video in your presentation.

Reset a trimmed video

Save trimmed video

You may have cut a video in PowerPoint that you want to save for use outside of this application. You can save the file after compressing it, then use this trimmed video as you like.

Warning: After compressing the video by following the steps below, only the trimmed part will appear on your slide.

Select File > Info from the PowerPoint menu. Next to Compress Media, you’ll see all the media in the current slideshow, including the trimmed video. If you have other video or audio files, the compression process applies to all files.

View media files and trimmed video

Click “Compress Media” and choose the compression level.

Choose a compression level

You will see a small dialog box appear as the process unfolds. Click “Close” when it finishes.

Compression progress and full dialog

Go back to the slide containing the trimmed and now compressed video. Right-click on it and choose “Save Media As”.

Select Save Media As

Choose a location to save the video, give it a different name if you want, then click “Save”.

Choose a location to save the file

If you want to cancel the process of compressing your media files, go back to File > Info > Compress Media and choose “Cancel”.

Select Cancel

Cutting a long video to play only the part you need in your PowerPoint presentation is a simple process. Moreover, you can keep your original video intact and save time by using a separate tool.

To learn more about PowerPoint, find out how to record your screen or how to turn your presentation into a video.