YouTube Shorts now lets creators merge long videos

Creators who create YouTube shorts will now be able to use music videos from billions of YouTube videos in new shorts, the company announced today in a blog post.

In YouTube Shorts – the company’s TikTok clone – creators could previously only piece together short audio clips from other videos on the platform. This most recent update will allow users to cut 1-5 second segments from eligible videos and shorts for use in new short content.

When a new short film is created with an excerpt from an existing video, the original video is credited via a link. The library of videos available for remixing is extensive, although creators have the option to exclude their content from remixing, and videos with a copyright claim or set to private cannot be sampled. The video remix feature will be rolling out to iOS users in the coming weeks, followed by Android later this year.

The remix expansion on YouTube Shorts is the company’s response to popular TikTok features such as Stitch and audio-based viral trends. But opening up YouTube’s library of billions of videos for reuse is an important step – and could allow creators to profit if their original content starts a viral trend or is widely remixed by others.

YouTube also announced today that Shorts is now accessible via the web and tablets, with a new Shorts tab appearing on all devices over the coming weeks.


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