How to cut parts of YouTube videos and share them?
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(Pocket-lint) – YouTube is introducing a new feature: Clips. This feature is currently in testing, but it basically lets you take a YouTube video or live stream and cut it into shorter clips that you can share. Here’s everything you need to know about how clips work on YouTube.
What are YouTube clips?
Google-owned YouTube said creators and viewers want an easy way to capture short segments of videos or streams to share with others. That’s why the company is currently testing a clips feature on YouTube, starting January 28, 2021, but only with a small group of creators to start. It has since rolled out to many more channels and creators.
Have you ever watched a 30 minute or longer video on YouTube and laughed at a 10 second moment? Previously, you had to upload the entire YouTube video, possibly with the exact timestamp embedded in the URL, so other people could experience joy with you. But it’s tedious. You know what’s better? Just cut out the fun part and share it on all your favorite social networks. You can do this with YouTube clips.
How to create and share YouTube clips?
Creators and viewers can create YouTube clips by simply clicking on the new clips icon which is between the minimize button and the share button below the video player. Keep in mind that this feature is currently limited to desktops, iPhones, and Android devices. Follow the steps below:
- Open YouTube (desktop app or site) and make sure you’re signed in.
- Start watching a video
- If Clips is available, you will see a “Clips” icon in the bar below the video.
- Select it, then select a section of the video you want to trim.
- Give the clip a title and click “Share clip”.
- Choose social network, embed, email or copy to select your preferred sharing method.
YouTube clips can be 5 to 60 seconds long. When you trim a video or live stream, YouTube generates a new URL for the clip. You can copy, embed or send the clip via social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Reddit. You can even send it by email.
Want to try out the slicing yourself?
You can find out morehere and try the slicing yourself onthis video! Remember that access is limited to certain creators for now on desktop and Android.
Can I disable clips on my channel?
Yes, you can. Log in to your YouTube Studio page at studio.youtube.com, select “Settings”, then “Channel” and “Advanced Settings”. Under ‘Clips’ you will see an option that says ‘Do not allow viewers to clip my content’. Select this option, and clips will be disabled on your videos.
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Would you like to give your opinion ?
YouTube asks testers to submit feedback using the link here. The company plans to update this article when it has new information to share about the availability of the clips.
Written by Maggie Tillman. Edited by Cam Bunton.