Google Slides – Trim a YouTube Video

Have you ever wanted to show students just a specific part of a YouTube video? You’ve sent them a link and said something along the lines of “Skip to 3:30 and watch from there” or “Just watch the first 2 minutes”. Well, now you don’t have to!

Google Slides has a neat feature that allows you to insert just part of a YouTube video, you can insert just the 2 minutes you want them to watch or cut off the first 10 minutes so they are just left with the exact information you want them to know.

It’s really simple to achieve, all you need to do is to work out the exact start and end time of what you want to show. If you want to show a specific amount of time from the beginning or the end then it’s even easier.

To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Select your embedded YouTube Video.
  2. Click Format Options.
  3. Click Video playback.
  4. Edit the start and end times.
  5. Changes are saved automatically.

Now, when someone presses Play on the video, it will start and stop between the times you said.

In the example clip below I tested it by inputting a video of Felix Baumgartner jumping out of a balloon in the stratosphere, the video itself is 20 minutes long but he doesn’t jump out until 3 minutes 47 seconds in so I entered in the time 03:45 to represent 3 minutes 45 seconds. I also only wanted to show the first 30 seconds so I just calculated 30 seconds from the start time and entered that in as the end time.