• October 4, 2023

YouTube Shorts is hugely popular, with over 2 billion logged-in users watching short-form videos every month. To make the short-form video experience even better and content creation even easier, YouTube recently introduced new features and upgrades to the platform.

The new features mainly focus on different ways to create Shorts content beyond simple shooting, uploading, and remixing. Here’s what you can find now when you try to make a Short:

Collab and remix other content. The new Collab feature allows creators to record and remix side-by-side content with other Shorts and qualified YouTube videos. Multiple layout options are available, such as Green Screen and Cut.

Exciting new stickers and effects. Over the past few months, Shorts has been continuously getting dozens of new improvements, like stickers and effects, to help creators find new ways of making content. For example, the upcoming roll out of the Q&A sticker will allow creators to ask their audience questions and get responses right from the comment section. YouTube has also added the ability to reply to comments with a Short as a way to immediately create new content.

Left: Mobile-first vertical live | Right: Q&A stickers

Go live and be discovered. YouTube is now testing a vertical live experience on Shorts where creators can now get discovered right from the feed. Viewers in the test will see previews of the vertical live videos mixed into the Shorts feed. As someone taps into the experience, they’ll be placed in a scrollable feed of other live videos that will help creators easily connect with their audience and build their communities. Features like Super Chat, Super Stickers, and Channel Membership will soon be available.

Create Shorts from suggestions. The new suggestion feature allows viewers to become creators themselves by using the same audio and effects from a video they’ve watched onto their own content.

Capture inspiration in Playlists: People browsing their Shorts feed can now save videos they love directly to a playlist. On the other hand, creators no longer need to worry about losing an effect they just discovered, as they can simply save it to a playlist and try it out for themselves when inspiration strikes next.

Effortlessly convert to Shorts: Converting landscape videos to Shorts will be easier with the Recomposition Tool that YouTube will beta-test in the next few weeks. Users will now be able to choose a video to remix and adjust the layout, zoom, and crop.

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