How to Edit Videos Online in Wistia

Learn how to edit videos online with Wistia’s new editing feature that can trim, split, and delete clips. It’s a simple tool for editing webinar recordings, Zoom calls, and clips for social media.

August 30, 2022

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Austin Canary


If you’re looking for a fast and efficient way to edit videos online, your search ends here — because we just introduced Wistia’s editing feature! It’s an intuitive tool that enables you to trim, split, delete, and create short clips from any video in your Wistia account. Sweet, right?

With this editing feature, you can clean up your recordings, cut out awkward silences, and share the best highlights of your videos with your viewers. The best part? You won’t need to fire up any other video apps or wait for an editor to get back to you (sorry, video editors, we still love you!)

Ready to get started? Read on to learn how to edit a video right in Wistia.

Using Wistia’s editing feature

The first thing you want to do is to open up the All Content page in your Wistia dashboard. Next, select “Edit” in the left-hand side menu, and then choose the video you want to edit. If you already have the video open, you can just pull up the editor from there.

Once you’re in the editor, you can play and pause the video, zoom in and out, and open keyboard shortcuts with the question mark (?) key. Now, we’ll take a look at the different workflows you can perform in the editor.

For this section, we’ll use a webinar recording as our example media that we’ll be editing. Let’s get started!

Trim a video

To trim the beginning of your video, drag the start point to the right until you reach the desired in-point (where you want your video to start). To trim the end of your video, drag the end point to the left in the timeline until you hit the desired out-point (where you want your video to end).

That way, you can trim out the "OK, everyone’s here. Let’s get started!” moment at the beginning of every webinar and the lovely goodbyes at the end.

Trim shortcut: Move the playhead to your in-point, and then press “i” to trim out everything before that point. Then move the playhead to the out-point and press “o” to trim out everything after that point.

Split clips

To split your video into multiple clips, move your playhead where you would like the video to be divided, and then select the “Split” button. Now your video clip is split into two clips and you can trim or delete the individual clips.

Thanks to this function, you can easily trim out those false starts and voice cracks that you hope the live audience will forget about when they rewatch the recording. Whew, what a relief, right?

Split shortcut: Move the playhead to the point you want to divide your clips and then press “s” key to split your clip.

Delete clips

To get rid of a clip in your timeline, select the clip and then press the “Delete” button.

Now you can cut out all that awkward silence during your webinar poll questions and keep the momentum going for your on-demand viewers. Onwards!

Delete shortcut: Select the clip you want to remove and then hit the “delete” key.

Export a new video

Once you’ve made all the edits you want to make, you can export and save a copy of your new video in your Wistia account. Just hit the “Export Video” button at the top right corner of the editor, give it a title, and then choose the Project folder to save it in.

With all your edits in place, you now have a clean, professional webinar that is ready to be shared with your registrants! Nice work.

Wistia Live is here! With Wistia Live, creating webinars and live events is a whole lot easier. You can create an event landing page, collect registrants, and host an engaging presentation that your audience will love. Learn more about how you can set up your webinar, go live, and redistribute your content all in one place.

What kinds of edits to make to Wistia videos

While you might not be editing the next Super Bowl commercial on our platform, our editing feature offers exactly what you need to make the final touches to your marketing videos.

Trim presentations

One of the most common types of marketing videos to edit in Wistia are presentations. A marketing presentation could be any of the following:

  • Webinars
  • Tutorials, demos, overviews
  • Conference calls, all-hands, or team Zoom meetings

When editing presentations, you might make the following edits to your recording:

  • Trim the beginning and end
  • Cut out dead air
  • Cut out mistakes

Making these simple edits is a great way to clean up your presentation before publishing it or sharing it with customers and prospects.

Clean up interviews

If you’re recording interviews, you might be creating some of the following videos as part of your marketing strategy:

  • Customer testimonials
  • Thought leadership conversations
  • Podcasts and high-quality Zoom recordings

When editing this type of content, you’ll want to make sure your edits complement the authenticity of the conversation. So make minimal, thoughtful edits when you can. For example:

  • Trim the side chatter at the beginning and end of the interview
  • Remove interview questions from testimonials
  • Find the best clips to create a segment or highlight reel

Editing an interview in Wistia is a great way to cut out the fluff before sending it out.

Pull clips for social media

With Wistia’s editing feature, you can take long-form video content like presentations and interviews and turn them into short, digestible clips to share on social media.

One way to approach this is to create a highlight reel or teaser video of your long-form video recording. Here are some examples that might get your creative juices flowing:

  • Webinar or podcast highlight reel
  • Product feature spotlight
  • Customer or thought leader soundbites

To make these kinds of video clips, edit your video down to just what you want to feature in that specific promotional video, whether it be key moments for a highlight reel or a focus on a single topic or conversation point. From there, you can trim and arrange your clips to tell the story you want to share on your social channels.

Online video editing made simple

Editing videos online with Wistia is pretty straightforward. You can learn how to trim a webinar on your own in just seconds — which saves you and your video team a lot of time between completing the live event and getting the recording sent out to registrants. And you can make cuts to a video, use just part of a video, make promo videos, and more without needing to use complicated video editing software.

August 30, 2022

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Austin Canary


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