YouTube announced a new feature this week which allows you to edit your uploaded videos. Let’s say you have a video on YouTube, and you decide that the color is off. You used to have to download the video, edit it with some video editor, and re-upload the video. This would cause your stats to be off because, basically, YouTube would treat it as an entirely new video. All of your likes and comments would be gone. This is no longer a problem. Now, you can go straight to your videos and edit them right in your browser. When you go to your uploaded videos section on YouTube, you will now notice an “edit video” button listed, as pictured below.
When you click the “edit video” button, the first thing you will see is a dual screen view. On the left side of the screen, you will see your video in its current state. As you make edits, the right side of the screen will give you a “quick preview” of how your changes will look.
There is an impressive selection of editing tools offered. There are three tabs with different editing tools from which to choose. There is also a large button in the upper right corner called “Revert to Original” in case you make a mistake. Below, you will see pictures of each of the tabs and their tools with explanations.
Pictured above, you will see the “Quick Fixes” tab. This tab contains tools that will allow you to change the look and feel of the video. One of the nice features is the “Stabilize” button, which will help fix home videos where the camera person had a shaky hand. There is also a one-click “I’m Feeling Lucky” button which will automatically make adjustments to your color and lighting.
The “Effects” tab offers an array of predefined special effects that you can add to your video. Pictured below, you can see their many choices of effects. Here, you can choose anything from old-time movie camera effects to making your video look like a cartoon.
The last tab is the “Audio” tab. In the picture below, you can see that there are a number of free audio files available to add to your YouTube video. You have the ability to search for songs. You can also limit your selection to songs of similar length to your video.
I have to say that I am pretty impressed with these new features added by YouTube. The tools are robust, considering that they are browser based. The interface is very intuitive and simple to use. Having the ability to do all of this in the browser, without having to waste time uploading and downloading, not to mention losing comments and stats, is a well thought out and considerate implementation on YouTube’s part.
What do you think?