Last year, YouTube gave Shorts creators the ability to sample audio from videos called Remixing. Now it has expanded its remixing capabilities by bringing new features. The company is now testing a new way to remix any eligible YouTube video. In addition, the video streaming platform has made Shorts more accessible to viewers across a wider range of devices. It is now available on the Web (desktop and mobile browsers) and tablets.
While announcing the new features YouTube via blog post said, “Last year, we rolled out the ability for Shorts creators to sample audio from videos – we call this ‘remixing’ – so that you can put your own spin on the content you love. Today, as we look to expand our remixing capabilities, we’re in the early stages of rolling out a new way to remix any eligible video on YouTube. And, as an additional update, we’re also making the Shorts experience more readily accessible to viewers on more devices!”
YouTube has begun a phased rollout of a feature that allows you to use a 1-5 second segment from any eligible YouTube video or Short in the creation of new original Shorts content, based on user feedback and demand.
How to make use of the function: Select ‘Cut’ from the remix options after tapping ‘Create.’ You’ll be able to sample a section of the video to use in your content from there. You can select the desired segment by clicking the 3-dot menu, selecting ‘Cut,’ and selecting it from a Short.
As per the company when a Short is made from your own channel’s content, a link to your original video will be included in the Shorts player. Linking back to your original video gives previously untapped audiences a chance to discover and interact with your content in new ways. Note: You can always opt out of having your long-form content remixed by other creators in YouTube Studio.
If you have an iOS device, this feature will be available in the coming weeks (and Android later this year).
YouTube Shorts are now available on the web (desktop and mobile browsers) as well as on tablets to offer the best experience for watching short-form content. In the coming weeks, web users on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices will notice a Shorts shelf on Home and a Shorts tab on these devices (like you may have seen in the main YouTube app). When viewers find Shorts to watch, they can go to the Shorts watch experience to discover more content by swiping vertically from one video to the next. According to the company, all of the views you get from these new surfaces count toward your Shorts Fund eligibility.
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