How to Trim Facebook Live Video

In the live world, we’ve been watching all of the major players in live streaming platforms and helping our clients choose the platform or platforms that best fit their event streaming and audiences.  Commonly, clients want to know how to trim Facebook Live video.

It’s no secret that we love Facebook Live, especially when paired with the Wowsa ClearCaster streaming appliance. One major issue we’ve had with streaming to Facebook is that unlike Youtube and some others, you didn’t have the capability to trim your content after your live stream. Thankfully, that’s finally changed!

Last week, we completed a live stream for our marketing partners at Fannit. Afterward, when I went in to edit our post, choose a thumbnail and check on the analytics, I was delighted to find that I could now TRIM the video! 

As a marketing person, I can now rest easy knowing there is an easy way to edit those moments when you go live and your talent takes a bit to come on stage. Or if you actually decide post-event that you’d rather not include the end of a presentation that talked about where attendees present in person could find the nearest bathroom or get their parking validated. 

To trim your video just follow the following simple steps:

  1. On a computer, find your video, either on your feed or in your video library.
  2. Click the three small grey dots in the top right-hand corner to display the drop-down menu and select “Edit Video.”
  3. And then select “Video Trimming”
  4. Now you can edit the start and end time of the video by inputting the time or by dragging the yellow slider. The area inside the yellow bars is the content you will be keeping and anything outside of that area to the left and right is going to be trimmed and deleted. 
  5. Now click save and you’re done trimming! It may take a little time for Facebook to trim your content, but you will get a notification when it is complete.

Check out the images below to follow step-by-step!

You can also go back into “Edit Video” and add your video to playlists, add captioning, tags and much more. 

Be sure to check out all the options if you haven’t already. 


  For over twenty-seven years Mission Arlington has brought hope to the people in Arlington, Texas. One of the main forces behind the success of the mission is Tillie Burgin, Executive Director who works tirelessly helping to organize and oversee the various services Mission Arlington offers: health, dental, spiritual support, and crisis intervention.

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Because of the fine work Mission Arlington does within the community, they were recently selected to receive an “IT Makeover”, a not-for-profit technological makeover sponsored by Intel, HP, Microsoft, HTG Peer Groups, and Networking Solutions. The ‘IT Makeover’ team contacted Darrel Phipps, System Administrator for Mission Arlington, and asked, “If you had everything you needed as far as equipment and software to help continue the efforts of the mission, what might that entail?” Mr. Phipps was more than surprised when he found out that Mission Arlington had been selected for the complete IT Makeover.

Varvid, Inc. was asked to produce a video that would not only introduce Mission Arlington and the various services they provide, but setup the technological challenges they faced, and show specifically how the new donated computer equipment, servers, backup system, and various software programs would help ensure that the mission would continue its positive impact.

Michael Pearce, Creative Director at Varvid, Inc. directed and shot most of the scenes for the project. “It was an honor to meet someone like Tillie who gives her heart and soul to this worthy cause. This is one of those feel-good projects where people are recognized for their hard work in ways they had never dreamed possible. Intel, HP, Microsoft, HTG Peer Groups, and Networking Solutions all came together and provided everything Mission Arlington to continue their services to the community. Varvid works on a variety of projects that takes our crews to different parts of the world, highlighting various industries. When we have the opportunity to produce a film that shares the positive side of humanity – yeah we like that!”

Varvid was recently informed that the video had won an Honorable Mention – 2012 Strategic Video Award.