Update 3/18: El blog post has been officially released today after Tuesday’s unintentional release.
Based on the ability to chain multiple video clips, record with music, and speed settings, YouTube’s shortcut camera gains the ability to add text at specific points.
The biggest feature is the audio sampling of other short films to “remix it to your own creation”. Google plans to extend this capability to all YouTube videos later. Creators will be able to “turn them off if they don’t want their video to be remixed for a long time.”
In the coming months, we’ll be launching the ability to use YouTube video audio, which includes billions of videos worldwide, unlocking a new space for creative play like never before. This means you can give your own creative twist to content you enjoy watching on YouTube and help it find a new audience, either by reacting to your favorite jokes, trying out a creator’s latest recipe, or recreating comic drawings.
For release in the United States, YouTube Shorts will also have millions of songs available from 250 labels and publishers, including:
Universal Music and Publishing Groups, Sony Music Entertainment and Publishing, Warner Music Group and Warner Chappell Music, 300 Entertainment, Cobalt, Believe, Beggars, Baby CD, Empire, Peer, Reservoir, OneRPM and more
YouTube says more camera creation tools will arrive as the Shorts format expands to other countries. For example, try a “Create” button in the bottom row of a video that allows you to scroll up / down, share, download, and add to the playlist.
For example, if you listen to a snippet of a song on Shorts, you can easily find the full song, watch the music video, or learn more about the artist, all on YouTube. And it works both ways. Loving music of Megan Thee Stallion? Tap the create button located directly on the video to create your own short with this audio, or see how other users do in Shorts.
Meanwhile, content consumers will see a carousel of YouTube shorts on the home page. Touching opens a full-screen viewfinder that users can swipe vertically. Google is also working on a Mobile Shorts tab that “makes it easy for you to see Shorts with a single tap.” YouTube says its systems will improve by offering recommendations as more people are creating and watching shorts.
The company ends by pointing out how it is “actively working” on earning Shorts revenue to “reward creators for their content.”
Shorts is a new way to view and create on YouTube, so we’re reviewing what it means to monetize Shorts and reward creators for their content. We are deeply committed to supporting the next generation of mobile creators with Shorts and are actively working on what the monetization options will be like in the future.
The beta release of YouTube Shorts in the United States begins today and will be completed “over the next few weeks.”
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