Move, Twitch. YouTube examines the ability of viewers and creators to create clips of longer videos, allowing you to share short clips of small videos. Sounds familiar?
The feature is currently being “tested” with a small group of channels while YouTube collects feedback.
“We heard a lot of feedback from creators and viewers who wanted an easy way to capture short segments of content and share moments from videos or streams,” the company shared in an official YouTube post announcing the feature. “We’re excited to start testing the clipping feature on YouTube today with a small group of creators as we begin to gather feedback.”
We analyze how it all works, the key differences between the clips on Twitch, and more.
How does it work
To date, viewers have had to rely on the URL of the page to watch videos and stream live. In this case, the video could only be run at a specified time by adding certain parameters. By introducing clips, however, users can share some of their content or stream live – a length of 5 to 6 seconds per their own attribution. Both creators and logged-in viewers can create snippets via the new URL.
These clips will play directly in the loop and will appear live on the original video viewing page. In other words, a clip is a link to a timestamp to the original video. Because the clip will play on the original video and repeat, the browser browser is not directed elsewhere. This is a key difference from Twitch’s download of the feature that creates new video from the clip.
Here is a breakdown of the procedure:
- Start watching a qualifying video on YouTube and click the clip icon that looks like scissors
- Specify the part of the video you want to cut. By dragging the slider, you can increase (maximum 60 seconds) or decrease (minimum 5 seconds) the selection length.
- Give the title a clip (up to 140 characters).
- Click the “Share Clip” button that will launch various content publishing options.
To share from a social network, select the platform icon of your choice, including Facebook or Twitter. If you share it on a personal or business website, click the “Embed” button to generate code that you can use for the landing page.
If you share it via email, select the email icon using the default email software on your computer. You can also click the “Copy” button to create a link to a video that you can share elsewhere, including in the body of the email.
So, what’s the verdict? Most of those who expressed their opinion on the news expressed enthusiasm for being able to share quick, interesting moments from their YouTube videos and help spread the word about smaller channels in the community.
“This is a really great new tool, especially for streamers. It will definitely help people to be able to share their favorite creators in an easy way to use, ”read one comment.
Others took the opportunity to share where certain settings can be taken into account when it comes to controlling content playback and combating abuse.
“Twitch allows its streamers to limit the ability to create clips, delete created clips, or even turn off the feature to prevent trolls from using the feature to harass, ridicule, or harass streamers. Will similar provisions be taken to prevent abuse from occurring? “
Another deviation from the clips on Twitch is that the YouTube clips from the channel are not listed publicly anywhere. While you can find the “popular clips” section on Twitch, YouTube clips are listed only privately in your account settings, similar to a personal tag that can be shared.
One comment suggests the possibility of adding a feature to choose which of these private broadcasts can be widely shared via a playlist. “Maybe you can add it [a clip] so go to your channel unlisted or private, then you can check it out and add it to the playlist. “
Let’s talk about monetization
According to YouTube, ads are eligible to appear on clips as long as the original video lasts at least 30 seconds. While this doesn’t bring earnings on Clips content entirely off the table, it raises flags for larger channels that are often embedded in integrated ads to read their videos. As this will ultimately shift the reliance on Google’s automated advertising programs to third-party offers that involve reading ads, there will certainly be room to watch as the introduction of the offer continues.
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