Echo360 Video Editor (trim, cut, combine, and add a custom thumbnail)


The media editor in Echo360 is available in your browser, there is no software to download. The media editor allows you trim out video content, or chunk down longer videos to smaller segments, combine videos, and add custom thumbnails. All owners of their own media, or those that have editing permissions would be able to use the media editor in Echo360.

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Accessing the Media Editor

The video editor can be accessed in multiple places, your Library, the Media Details page, or from your Echo360 course. Find the video you want to edit, see sample image below.

  1. Within your Library on the main page, media is seen in list or tile view (thumbnail preview). Hover your video thumbnail, click the three dots, and select Edit Media.
  2. On the Media details page, where you can playback your video, and manage other options for your media. Click, Edit Media (to the right of the Share icon).
  3. Open it from the Classes list page within your echo360 course. Click the media icon, from the menu select Edit Media.

Echo360 Accessing the Media Editor from your library, media details page, and a course class within a Course

When you click Edit Media, a message box displays on your screen. "Any edits made will affect all published versions of the content. Are you sure you want to continue?" This means that any edits made will apply to all published locations whether you the embedded the video in Canvas or shared it to a Echo360 course (Classes List page). Click OK to accept, the media editor will open.

Echo360 media editor call out box advising that edits made will affect all published versions


If you simply want to apply edits to one course, we recommend to make a copy of the video then apply your edits to the copied version of the video. Once you are ready for students to access your video, publish it to your Echo360 course or embed it in Canvas. As a reminder if your video or audio file has a transcript, you must review the accuracy of the transcription and make edits where its necessary. If you're reusing content and your content does not have a transcript, fill out our Echo360 Transcript Request. SVSU requires all video and audio content to be compliant for all learners.


Media Editor Interface and Functions

When you open the video editor you will see a Playback panel, Editor controls, and a Timeline that shows your media sources (e.g., video, audio).

Echo360 media editor on open

Playback Panel

Displays a preview of your video where you can playback the video, move back or forward (10 seconds at a time), increase or decrease the volume, adjust the speed, and quality. 

Media Controls 

  • Middle: Allows you to Zoom in or Zoom out on the tracks in your timeline by sliding the toggle or clicking the - or + button. If you need to isolate to a specific location you can type in the timestamp in the text box.
  • Right: There are various editing options to click.
    • Question Mark  will open a panel (left) help articles and keyboard shortcuts. 
    • Rotating arrows will Undo/Redo edits made in the timeline.
    • Trash icon deletes a segment, all edits are temporary. You can use the Undo/Redo buttons as much as you need to or use the Actions button to restore you media to its original state.
    • Actions drop-down button provides options to save as, restore to original, clear unsaved changes, set custom thumbnail, and add a track.
    • Save applies your changes to the current video file and immediately processes in your Library.

Media Timeline Editor

Displays your tracks of media. If you recorded in classroom or used a webcam to record yourself, your Timeline will show two video sources. Otherwise you should always see one video track and one audio track (visual waveform). The pink trim handles show the beginning and end of your media tracks.

The blue playhead marker with the blue horizontal line is the location (timestamp) in the video and where the edit will occur, the playhead marker will always sync in the timeline. You can drag it to the location. Inside the playhead marker you will find the cut menu, options include:

echo360 media editor cut menu includes options for trimming in and out, inserting, splitting clips, and setting custom thumbnails

  • Trim-in (left bracket icon): Click to set a new beginning point for your media.
  • Three line icon (pancake menu): The cut marker menu allows you to insert clip, split clip, or set thumbnail (sets the tile preview of the media).
  • Trim-out (right bracket icon): Click to set a new ending point for your media.

Editing Media in the Timeline

As a reminder, any edits you make will affect all versions of wherever you have it published. Make a copy of a video, if you only want to apply edits to one published location.
  • Navigate: You can drag the play head or click the location you want to go to in the timeline, the media tracks stay synced with one another.
  • Trim: Trimming your video is the simplest method of making edits, whether you are making beginning or end trims. The pink frame is your visual of both. If you want to isolate your trim you can use the Zoom toggle, click the + to Zoom in, then use the Trim In (left bracket) or out (right bracket) icon in the play head within the hamburger menu.
  • Zoom tool: Click the - or + icon or use the slider to zoom on the media. As you Zoom in the video the timeline numbers increase, the default is 30 seconds but if you needed to you isolate a trim right down to 100ths of a second.

Trimming Media

If you need to trim the beginning or end of your video, use the pink frames, or the trim in or trim out buttons. The sample image below shows how to use the trim out feature.

  1. To trim off the end of a video, select the Trim out button (right bracket).
  2. Notice the pink frame moves up in the timeline, play your video to ensure your happy with the end trim. If you need to make adjustments, you can undo your changes. Note: Remember any edits you make are not permanent.
  3. When you are satisfied with the new end of your video, click the Save button. The video will reprocess in your Library.

Echo360 media editor trim out end of a video

Related Echo360 Media Editor Resources 

Cut, trim, and combine videos

Add a custom thumbnail for your video

Self-paced video editor tutorial (the newest enhancements are not in this tutorial).


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