(Last Updated: September 21, 2020)

As you know, ActivePresenter 8 is a screen recorder, video editor, and powerful eLearning authoring tool. Therefore, the app offers many powerful yet easy-to-use features to make demo videos, interactive simulations, eLearning games, training courses, etc. In today’s tutorial, we’d like to cover the basic audio and video editing aspects of this software. Specifically, you’ll learn how to cut, copy, delete, and crop videos/audio.

Basic Audio and Video Editing Tools

In fact, ActivePresenter allows you to edit both imported and recorded audio/videos. Right after the capture phase, the software takes you to the editor where you can edit what you’ve recorded. On the other hand, you can import audio and video into ActivePresenter and edit them as normal. Just drag and drop audio or videos from your computer onto the Canvas. Alternatively, click the Insert tab > Audio > From Files… and select an audio > Open. Or select Video > From Files… and select a video > Open.

Besides, you can edit one or more videos and audio at the same time using the video/audio editing timeline. Firstly, select a video/audio and define a range using the Playhead (2), the start marker (1) and end marker (3). The selected range is highlighted in light blue. To clear the selection, double-click the Playhead anywhere on the time axis.

Basic Audio and Video Editing: Cut, Copy, Delete, Crop


  • These basic audio and video editing tools act differently depending on whether or not you select an object. If you do select an object, the tools affect that object only. If not, they affect the slide and all objects falling into the range (the entire slice of the range).
  • To get a better view of the timeline, zoom in or out by holding down CTRL while scrolling the mouse wheel up or down, respectively.

Now, take a look at each of these basic audio and video editing tools.


In general, even when you work carefully, mistakes happen every now and then when you record screen. A big mistake may require you to start over and re-record everything. Meanwhile, a tiny mistake only needs an “undo” then you can continue recording as if it never ever happened. In that case, just cut the mistake out from the video/audio and you’re done.

Perform some very simple steps and you can cut and remove unwanted fragments from the video/audio. Here’s how:

Step 1: Select a video/audio that contains unwanted fragments. After that, make a range by dragging the end marker. Have in mind that the selected range is limited by two markers. 

Step 2: Click Cut Range (4) or press CTRL+SHIFT+X to remove the range. Then, a red stripe appears to show where the two remaining parts of the video/audio are joined together.

Step 3: Optionally, paste the cut content into the same or another slide. To do that, move the Playhead to the desired position and press CTRL+V.

Basic Audio and Video Editing: Cut range


After learning about cutting a range in a video/audio. Let’s get to know how to use the Copy Range button to copy parts of objects that fall inside the range. Then, you can put them on the clipboard. So, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Select a video/audio.

Step 2: Make a range. Let’s drag the end markers to the position you want.

Step 3: Click Copy Range (5) or press CTRL+SHIFT+C to copy the range.

Step 4: Paste the copied content into the same or another slide. To get it done, move the Playhead to the desired position and press CTRL+V.

Copy range


Let’s say removing mistakes is a basic task when you edit videos. So, use the Delete Range button to remove any unwanted audio and video parts. This is one of basic audio and video editing tools that ActivePresenter offers you.

To get it done, select a range then click Delete Range (6) or press CTRL+DELETE.

Delete range

Note: The Delete Range button works just like the Cut Range button, except for one difference. While the former is used to delete the content inside the range, the latter “cuts” the content from the range and places it on the clipboard, then you can paste it where you want. In short, Delete Range stands for removing while Cut Range stands for reallocating.


Obviously, often you record extra footage at the beginning and end of a recording. When you edit videos/audio, you want to trim out these fragments, that is to take off either end of the video/audio. As a result, ActivePresenter offers you a basic tool to solve this issue.

Now, let’s use the Crop to Range button to remove everything outside the range. Do as follows:

Step 1: Select a video/audio that you want to trim out extra content.

Step 2: Make a range. Bear in mind to keep the main content in the range.

Step 3: Click Crop to Range (7) or press SHIFT+DELETE. That way, only the part of the selected video/audio that lies inside the range is retained.

Crop range

As mentioned above, the four tools also work when you select no objects at all. In that case, they affect all the objects falling into the range. For example, if you click Crop to Range while selecting no objects, you retain only the slide content inside the range and delete all the rest.

In short, that’s all about four basic audio and video editing tools ActivePresenter offers you. Make use of them and remember that you can always do even more to create great videos. In addition, visit our YouTube channel and Twitter for more useful tutorial videos and interesting information.  

Below are the tutorials about more editing audio/video features that you may want to know: 

Insert Audio
Insert Videos
Split and Join Videos
Change Video Speed
Use Audio Fade
Change Audio Volume
Use Audio Noise Reduction
Use Audio Normalization
Blur Moving Objects in Videos
Use Green Screen Effect
Add Background Music
Use Text to Speech
Insert Time to Videos
Create a Picture-in-Picture Effect
Change Mouse Cursor and Mouse Clicks in Captured Videos