YouTube Is Finally Getting a Video Clipping Feature

YouTube finally managed to offer a clipping feature that allows you to select a short video to share online.

Given that competing video streaming platforms like Twitch rolled out such a feature four years ago, the only surprising thing about this week’s YouTube announcement is that it didn’t come sooner. Much earlier.

Before you get too excited, we should let you know that Clips is currently in a testing phase with select developers. YouTube promises a proper rollout “soon”. For now, the only way to use the feature is if you land on a video from a creator involved in the trial, and even then, you’ll need to view it on YouTube’s desktop website or Android app.

The new feature allows you to create clips between 5 and 60 seconds. You do this by selecting the scissors icon below the video, whether it’s a live stream or has already been uploaded. You will then see a pair of sliders that you can drag left and right to select the entry and exit points you want for the clip. The main video player stays on screen so you can preview and refine your selections.

When you have determined the entry and exit points, give the clip a title of up to 140 characters, and then click the Share Clip button. This offers the usual list of sharing options, from social media websites to emails, as well as a copy and paste link and embed option that comes with its own unique code.

Below is a demonstration of clips in action:

In a post announcing clips, a YouTube community manager wrote, “We are continuing to test this feature and will make updates based on your feedback. We’ll update this post whenever we have any new information on the availability of clips, knowing that it’s a highly sought-after feature, so be sure to try them all out. “

For more information on clips, visit YouTube’s dedicated webpage about this new feature.

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