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Download, convert, and edit an online video:

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Untitled Document Disclaimer: The workflows here are offered as guides for further experimentation and learning. The technological landscape for Audio/Visual editing changes rapidly; the products and methods mentioned are for illustrative purposes only.


In this example, we will clip 20 seconds from the middle of a Youtube video using a freely available online tool called Tubechop.

  1. Go to and download and install Realplayer SP (free).
  2. Go to (Other similar online services may be available as well).
  3. Enter the URL of your video, then click search:
  4. Tubechop then returns a search result with your video in it. Under the listing, there will be a button called "Chop it". Click it.

  5. Tubechop will begin playing your video. Click and drag the two "bars" on the timeline to the start and end points of your clip, or simply type in the start and end points in the textboxes provided (see image below). When you are done selecting your clip, click Chop it.

  6. Tubechop presents you with your clip, with options to download or share it.
  7. If you have installed Realplayer as in Step 1, you can use Realplayer (free) to download and convert the clip. Simply roll your mouse over the video while it is playing, and a Realplayer pop up message ("Download this Video") appears. Click the pop up message.

  8. For continuing instructions on using Realplayer to download/convert your video clip , click here.
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Last Updated 10/10/09

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