The Complete Guide To Editing Videos With The New YouTube Video Editor

Yesterday YouTube made a pretty big announcement—you can now edit your videos directly inside of YouTube. The new YouTube editing service lets you trim your videos, adjust levels, add effects, swap your soundtrack and more. We’ll take you through all the new features here.

Last week YouTube made a pretty big announcement—you can now edit your videos directly inside of YouTube.  The new YouTube editing service lets you trim your videos, adjust levels, add effects, swap your soundtrack and more.  We’ll take you through all the new features here.

Of course, the idea of editing video inside of YouTube isn’t new—the YouTube Video Editor has been around for a while.  However, the previous video editing service allowed you to create mashups and remixes of your videos to create an entirely new video with a different ID and URL.  As of yesterday, YouTube has launched a new ‘Edit Video’ feature that lets you edit and tweak single videos and save them, keeping the same video ID and URL.

Ready to see how it works?  Let’s get started!  Check out the video below and then read on for a rundown of all the ins and outs of YouTube’s new video editor.

Getting Started

To get started, go to the video page of the video that you want to edit.  You’ll notice a new button at the top of the page next to ‘Edit Info’ that says, ‘Edit Video’.  Click on it and it will take you to the new YouTube Edit interface.  It may be a good idea to head to your YouTube account now and follow along with one of your videos as we go through all the different features.

Quick Fixes

The main page of the editor is a section called ‘Quick Fixes’, which provides some simple tweaks that can make your video look a whole lot better.

Trim

While you can’t cut up your video into pieces and change it around, you can trim the ends.  If you’ve got a video with a lot of downtime at the beginning or at the end, this can be a great way to shorten your clip down to the interesting part in the middle.  If your viewer has to wait at the beginning of your video, there’s a good chance he’ll stop watching.  By trimming your clip you can keep your viewers glued to the screen.

To use this feature, simply click the ‘Trim’ button and then drag the brackets to the positions where you would like your video to begin and end.  And no worries—if you want to go back later and put back the part that you trimmed off, you can do it at any time.

Rotate

You can also rotate your video, which is great for footage that was shot sideways—a common occurrence on mobile devices.  To rotate, simply click the rotate arrows to rotate your video to the left or to the right, 90 degrees at a time.

Stabilizer

The stabilizer function is definitely one of the most useful features of the editor.  If you’ve shot your video without a tripod, odds are that the footage is a bit shaky.  Clicking the stabilizer button removes all those shaky camera motions.  To find out more about image stabilization on YouTube, click here to read our post about YouTube’s partnership with Green Parrot Pictures, and check out the before and after videos below to see just how awesome YouTube’s image stabilizer is!

Lighting and Color

On the right size, you’ll find a series of buttons that let you adjust the lighting and color of your video.  These include the fill light, or brightness of your video; the contrast; the saturation, or how much your colors pop; and the color temperature, which can be a nice way to correct the blue or yellow tint that often occurs if you don’t white balance your camera.  You may want to play around with these a bit on your own, to get a better sense of how they work and what they are capable of.