I have downloaded a YouTube videoclip (using Firefox), it's a MP4 file. I have inserted it in a Keynote slide.

Can I trim this MP4 file in Keynote? I can do that with my music from iTunes library.

I am running macOS Mojave 10.14.5.

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You can trim movies/video files directly in Keynote.

  1. Place video to your slide.

  2. Make video on your slide selected.

  3. Show the Format sidebar, then select the Movie tab in the Format side bar.

  4. You can trim the video in the Trim section (click open the disclosure triangle of Edit Movie if collapsed) either by dragging the sliders or directly manipulate the timecode by clicking into the timecode numbers.

Please see screenshot below.

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    Glad to learn about this. +1
    – Nimesh Neema
    Jun 3, 2019 at 14:05

Open the MP4 video file with the built-in QuickTime Player app. It contains fine grained controls to easily trim a video. The trim command can be found under Edit menu, or can be invoked using keyboard shortcut Command + T.

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Once you have trimmed the video as per your liking, insert it into the Keynote slide. You may want to create a copy of the video if you wish to keep the original one intact.

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