YouTube Shorts has always had a structure similar to TikTiok videos, i.e. the ability to trim audio samples from other videos on the platform. However, users of Shorts previously could only trim audio from other Shorts or songs in the YouTube music library. Now, YouTube plans to expand the cropping feature to give Shorts users the ability to trim audio from any YouTube video.
The new feature was first announced in March 2021 BC community support publication. YouTube recently revealed that it plans to release the feature in the coming weeks.
How the new YouTube Shorts feature works
In the YouTube app, there will be a new “Create” button below the “Like” and “Dislike” button in the video. To test an audio clip of the video, tap the button. The Verge reports that YouTube Shorts content will be linked to the original video. This is good, as it will theoretically drive more traffic to the source video, helping the creator of the audio source.
YouTube creators can turn it off if they want to
If a creator does not want to trim the audio of their video, they can turn off the feature. However, they will have to disable each video individually. As YouTube deploys the feature, the platform automatically activates it for all videos on the platform. Therefore, unless you manually turn it off, you can trim the audio of the video.
YouTube contains a lot of content. Many of the videos are for entertainment purposes. However, there are many videos that deal with delicate topics and some of the videos are very personal to the creators. There is a possibility that people will cut these videos in a way to make fun of the creator or use their content in a way that was not intended. While creators may choose not to trim their videos for YouTube Shorts, they may ignore that their videos are open for trimming or simply not very active on YouTube. Either way, since it turns off instead of participating, there is a potential for misuse.
He said YouTube The Verge is working on a disable option that should allow creators to disable all of their videos. Until then, creators should be aware of this new feature for YouTube Shorts and determine if they want their content to be part of it.
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