YouTube’s new bite-sized ‘Shorts’ are coming to everyone in the US with even more fun to be had in brand new features.
YouTube have been slowly introducing their new platform to India and recently the United States. ‘Shorts’ are unique videos built into the main YouTube site of videos between 15-60 seconds, designed for having fun to music or simply in short-form.
YouTube Shorts have been available in the US in Beta since mid-March and in the next week they’ll officially be available to all users in the States. With the launch also comes a range of exciting new features to let creators make the most of the new feature, which offers a unique recording camera within the app made just for making Shorts quickly and uploading them straight away.
Users who can record Shorts directly from their app will now be able to switch between the standard 15 second recording length and a 60 second video. Whilst users will have to stick to the 15 second limit to use music from YouTube’s library in their Shorts, users can upload up to 60 seconds of video on Shorts without music.
Users who upload videos that are 60 seconds or less anywhere on YouTube will also have their content available on Shorts automatically. This means that whilst the recorder and Shorts section on YouTube are only available in India and the US currently, users all around the world can take part if they upload videos that are 60 seconds or less. These videos will automatically be included as Shorts.
New filters are coming to Shorts creators in both the recording section and the editing screen. So whether uploaders want to make their recording shine whilst they’re filming or if they decide after it’s made that it needs some pizzazz, user can add special effects at any point. Over the next year YouTube are planning to launch many more filters.
YouTube will be adding captions to Shorts automatically, as they do with normal videos. Uploaders will be able to add their own manual captions. Viewers will be able to toggle between automatic captions or the captions added by the creator.
To make it even easier for everyone to find Shorts and take part in the fun, there will now be a new tab on the bottomw of the screen in-app. This will allow users where the feature is fully launched to head to the Shorts section with a simple tap.
Changes to YouTube creators options
In the Creator Insider video where Shorts’ full launch was announced, they also had some great news beyond short-form fun.
Now channel owners will be able to edit their profile name and image on YouTube without having to change it to the same name and image on their Google account as well. Users will not lose their URLs if they change their name but they will lose verification if they’re verified. YouTube will then take a few weeks to re-verify the account, checking the name still meets their guidelines and aligns with the channel.
Also new for channels will be the content that remains in the comments section of their YouTube Studio. Initially when comments were sorted by ‘I Haven’t Responded’ meant that the channel hadn’t interacted with them, but simply liking a comment moved the comment out of this filtered display. Now hearted comments that haven’t been replied to with a message will remain under ‘I Haven’t Responded’.
Good news for trending music
Good news for artists on YouTube who will now have a better chance at being discovered when they’re trending. A new badge will show on videos in the music category when they’re on the trending list showing their position. Listeners can tap on the Trending badge to head to the trending list and see the rest of the trending music.
YouTube Kids now available everywhere for YouTube viewers
YouTube have launched their kid-friendly platform, curated to only show videos made specifically for children, in a load of new countries. YouTube Kids is now available everywhere that YouTube is.
The new countries YouTube Kids is now available include Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and Turkey.