YouTube is adding new features to give short film makers more creative options. Google’s own video platform is expanding YouTube Shorts to the web (desktop and mobile browsers) and tablets. With the latest update, a new Shorts tab will be coming to all devices in the next few weeks, allowing users to scroll through shorts vertically. In addition, YouTube allows creators of YouTube shorts to remix video clips from eligible YouTube videos into new shorts. YouTube used to only allow creators to sample audio from other videos on the platform. This new development comes shortly after Meta added Sharing to Reels on Facebook to allow users to share videos directly from third-party apps to their Facebook accounts.
Google announced that additive the new YouTube of these features via a blog post. In the latest update, the shorts player will be available to users on more devices including desktops and tablets as well as mobile browsers. As in the YouTube app, users see a shorts shelf and a shorts tab on the home page. You can swipe vertically from one video to the next to discover more content, similar to TikTok’s feed. Any views originating from these new surfaces will count towards the creator’s eligibility for the Shorts Fund, the company said.
YouTube now allows users to remix 1- to 5-second video segments from eligible long-form videos and shorts when creating new original shorts content. This works similarly to TikTok’s Stitch feature. To use the new Remix feature, you can tap Create button, then select cut from the remix options. From there, users can sample a video segment from any video. You can click that from a short Three point menu and select cut to select the desired segment.
When a short film is created from the content of the user’s own channel, it is linked to the original video in the short film player. YouTube finds that linking back to the original video gives new viewers the opportunity to discover and engage with older content in new ways. The YouTube video remix feature will roll out to iOS users in the coming weeks. It is expected to come to Android later this year.
Google launched YouTube Shorts in September 2020 to allow creators to create and share video clips up to 60 seconds long on the platform. Since then, the search giant has added many new features to the competing TikTok and Meta social media platforms. The latest update comes just days after Facebook allowed third-party app users to post short videos directly to Facebook Reels with a new Reels button in such apps. Recently, the social media platform launched its short video feature, Reels, in more than 150 countries with a new Reels ad at the top of user feeds.