YouTube has recently made a number of significant updates that I think will really benefit everyone who uses the site. It is currently rolling out a totally new design that features a  complete overhaul of channel layouts to make the site more user friendly. Perhaps more significantly, it has also recently developed and released new online video editing tools that users can use to make changes to the videos you have uploaded to the site. The “YouTube Online Video Editor Tools” offer users a wide range of editing tools that are normally only found in video editing software.

The great thing about these tools are that they are free to use and allow you to make significant improvements to your videos without ever having to leave the YouTube website. There are a lot of different editing options available and I think that some of the most significant are:

1. Being able to combine smaller videos into a longer one. For example if you had a few separate video clips from your holiday, you could mix them together and create one longer video to share on YouTube

2. The ability to use a number of really useful editing features such as trimming the length of videos, adding soundtracks to them and altering the colour of the clips by adjusting the brightness and contrast.

3. Adding a “stabilisation feature” to clips that were created on mobile phones and flip cameras to make the final video output appear to be much steadier and less shaky.

There are a lot of other features available on the site and if you have ever uploaded any clips to the site before, I really recommend trying them out and seeing if you can use them to improve the quality of your videos. All you need to do is begin viewing one of your videos and then click the “edit video” button towards the top of the screen to get started!

Over the weekend I created two short videos to test and review these new online editing tools. The first video was uploaded exactly as it was captured on my Iphone, and the second video was edited using YouTube’s new tools. Please take a look at the video below where you will be able to see the differences between the two videos and get a good idea of the sort of changes you could make to your videos using these tools.


Please do let me know what you think of these new updates and go ahead and post any videos you have edited using these tools as a comment below - it would be great to see them.

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Simon Malone
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