YouTube Shorts, the rapidly growing short-form video platform that competes with the likes of TikTok and Instagram Reels, boasts over 2 billion logged-in users watching every month. In an effort to enhance the user experience and fuel creativity, YouTube has debuted new features and improvements to its popular Shorts platform.
These additional features enable creators to develop Shorts content beyond the fundamentals of shooting, uploading, and remixing. They can now collaborate and remix with other Shorts and YouTube videos, explore new stickers and effects, be discovered through live streaming, develop Shorts based on suggestions, save videos and effects to playlists, and seamlessly transform landscape footage into Shorts videos.
Here’s a glimpse of some standout new features:
Collaborate and Remix: Users can now record and remix content side by side with other Shorts and eligible YouTube videos. Choose from various layout options such as “Green Screen,” allowing videos to serve as backgrounds, and “Cut,” where users can select up to five-second snippets from other videos.
Stickers and Effects: Unleash your creativity with access to a range of new stickers and effects. The upcoming Q&A sticker, for instance, lets users pose questions to the audience, collecting responses through comment sections. Creators can also quickly reply to comments with a Short, stimulating new content creation.
Live Streaming and Discovery: From the Shorts feed, users can now stream live and be discovered. YouTube is experimenting with a unique vertical live experience, offering previews of live videos intertwined within the Shorts feed. Connect with your audience and grow your community by scrolling through other live videos. Super Chat, Super Stickers, and Channel Membership features will soon be accessible in live videos.
Creation Suggestions: Users can now craft Shorts using suggestions based on audio and effects from a previously watched video. They can tap the remix button on the Shorts player, select “Use Sound,” and the app will automatically incorporate the corresponding audio timestamp and effect from the original Short.
Playlists: Save your favorite videos directly to a playlist, as well as any discovered effects, to experiment with later when inspiration strikes.
Recomposition Tool: Easily convert landscape videos into Shorts using the upcoming Recomposition Tool, set for beta testing in the next few weeks. Users can modify key content components using split-screen effects, zooming, cropping, and layout options, making long-form videos more compatible with the Shorts format.
With the introduction of these new features, YouTube Shorts aims to simplify content creation while adding a touch of enjoyment for all. Users can explore these functionalities now and discover new ways to engage their audiences.
For further information on YouTube Shorts and its latest features, please visit youtube.com/@youtubecreators.