Don’t know how to edit your video? Let YouTube help

One of the biggest complaints I hear from businesses trying to create videos for YouTube is that they don’t know how or don’t have the software they need to edit the video before uploading it to YouTube.

And by editing I am referring to fairly simple edits. Usually cutting out the first part of the video where the camera person is saying, “Ok, go” or the end when the subject of the video says, “Ok, I’m done.”

If you’re lucky enough to have a video camera (or smartphone or tablet) that allows you to trim your video right on the camera, these edits are easily completed prior to uploading to YouTube. But for the rest of us, it usually comes down to a choice of leaving the parts you don’t want in the video or purchasing and learning a basic video editing package like Sony Vegas Studio.

Fortunately, YouTube continually enhances its service to help alleviate some of these issues. For instance, now you can upload your video as-is and trim the beginning and end of the video right on YouTube. You can do this by clicking the Edit button next to your video and then looking for the Enhancements tab near the top of the page. Finally on the Quick Fixes tab, click the Trim button.

YouTube Edit button

YouTube Enhancements tab

YouTube Trim button

Tech Made Easy

From here it’s a simple matter of dragging sliders on the left and right of your video to the desired start and stop position respectively. YouTube is even nice enough to provide a side-by-side comparison of your original video and the newly trimmed video. When you’re done, simply click the Save button and your video is updated with the new trimmed version.

While you’re at it, feel free to explore some of the other editing features such as the stabilize feature, fill light, contrast, saturation and color temperature. You can even apply an artsy-craftsy effect to your video or include a background audio track.

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1 Comment

  1. joe


    If you narrate the video, does the narration stay after you’ve done edits on youtube.? Can you add music and have narration stay.?

    Good post.