TubeChop: A registration-free YouTube shortener


Using video clips in a language class can be an effective way to show language usage in context. The largest video site is, of course, YouTube which has a variety of videos, both good and bad, on any number of topics. One of the problems is that you have to cue up a video clip to the section you want to show to students and then have to go back if you need to repeat that section. The simplest solution is TubeChop which allows users to trim a YouTube video to the exact section you want and are provided with a new URL. Here is how it works:

  1. Go to TubeChop and type in your search criteria in the box and hit ‘Search’. If you already have a URL from a YouTube video, paste that into the box and hit ‘Search’.
  2. Scroll through the list to find a video you want to use. Click on the ‘Chop it’ button next to the video you want to select or click ‘Next’ at the bottom of the page to get the next list.
  3. Once you have selected a video, it will appear in the editing page and will start to play. To pause the video, click on the pink ‘II’ button on the bottom-left side of the video. Click it again to start to play. Under the video is a pink bar with two grey sliders on either end. Move the left sliders to the place you want your video to start. Move the right slider to the place you want your video to end. You can also type in the times in the boxes directly below the video.
  4. Optional: You can also type in a description below the pink bar.
  5. Click on ‘chop it’ at the bottom of the page and new page with your shortened video appears. Below the video, there is a comment box, but it needs a free registration (fake email addresses work). To the right of the video, there are two addresses that can be used to either embed the video into a blog post or a direct link to share with others.
This is a great tool for the language classroom. Students can even use it since it doesn’t require registration to use. The simple interface is very intuitive for regular YouTube users.
Have you used TubeChop? How well did it work for you? Where did you use it? You can add a comment below, send me a Tweet at @nathanghall, or email me using the contact form on this website. Thanks! 



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