Youtube Rolls Out Beta Testing For ‘Youtube Shorts’ A Rival Feature To TikTok

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YouTube is gearing up to launch short clips beta version of its TikTok competitor, called Youtube Shorts.

YouTube will be giving creators access to the Shorts feature bundled in next month’s update. Youtube Shorts is a vertical video feature, coupled with a 60 seconds duration. Much like its competitor, the ByteDance app TikTok. TikTok is on track to hit a billion active users this year. The format of the Shorts is drawing comparisons to TikTok as YouTube Shorts shares a similar toolset. Including;

  • Create and upload videos of 60-seconds or less.
  • Edit videos with several creative tools.
  • Stitch shorter clips together with a multi-segment camera.
  • Add music to videos from YouTube’s library.
  • Speed up or slow down videos.
  • Set timers and countdowns.
  • Or even upload a 60-second pre-recorded video.

Shorts will also give viewers the ability to locate content easier. The feature will allow content creators to develop and clip content to make them more quickly accessible to viewers without having to skim through the entire video. These bite-sized clips are similar to ‘timestamps,’ that is embedded in the timeline of Youtube videos.

Users will be able to navigate from one video to another by scrolling vertically while viewing content. 

Check your next update to see if you have access to the Shorts camera. You can do this by tapping on the “+” icon (or the video camera icon on iOS) and select ‘Video’. If you see ‘Create a short video’ then you have access to the Shorts camera.

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