Can A Video File Be Trimmed & Edited In The Process Of Inserting It In A Pdf Document

There are options to edit your video after it’s been inserted into a PDF.

With the help of some sophisticated tools for creating and sharing presentations, it is possible to embed a piece of video into a PDF document and then share that video with the world. If you’re wondering if you can alter a video after you insert it into your document, the short answer is yes — but making sure that people can see your new changes requires an understanding of how a video is saved and shared.

Program Files

Whether you’re working in a basic program such as Windows Movie Maker or iMovie, or you’re using a more advanced program such as Final Cut or Adobe Premiere, the files you’re working with while editing and adding transitions and effects are called program files. Essentially, you can only access these files within the video editing program itself. For example, when you do a “File,” and then “Save As” function in Final Cut Pro, your files save with the “.fcp” file extension. Computers without Final Cut will not be able to open that file.


When you’re ready to share your video with others, you need to convert it into a file format that can be accessed by others, through a process called “exporting.” In most editing programs, this is accomplished by selecting “File,” then “Export,” and then choosing the file type that you would like your video saved as. Choices typically include file extensions such as “.mov,” “.m4a” or “.flv,” which are more universally recognized and don’t require the source program to open.

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Inserting to PDF

When you exported your video, you created a file that exists as a complete project. When it gets embedded into your document, it exists as-is. If you want to alter your video after the embed process, you have to go back to the video editing program, open the source file — the “.fcp” or other file version of your video — and edit and export it again. Then, you’ll have to re-insert it into your document to reflect the new changes.

Another Option

By hosting your video on a sharing site such as YouTube, you can add transitions and effects and make other changes to a video, all while keeping the same “embed code” for the video in your PDF document. Essentially, you paste the embed code — which assigns the video to a certain URL — into your PDF. When you want to make edits to your video, you open it within your YouTube channel, click on “Edit Video,” and make the changes. When you’re done, the embed code stays the same, so you don’t have to insert a new code into your document.