YouTube is famous for its long-form horizontal video content. With other social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram promoting vertical video content, YouTube has recently decided to up its game by promoting vertical video content through its platform.
Known as YouTube shorts, these are short, vertical videos with a duration of fewer than 60 seconds.
According to YouTube, “Shorts is a new short-form video experience for creators and artists who want to shoot short, catchy videos using nothing but their mobile phones.”
Using the all-new shorts camera, you can now create multiple video segments with a maximum duration of 15 seconds and club them together.
Also, while you upload a 60-sec vertical video, YouTube insists that you add a #short tag on the description to be considered as a YouTube short.
Now, where can you find YouTube shorts?
YouTube has brought in a dedicated shorts shelf (usually on the top left corner) in your homepage where you can find all the short videos according to your preference.
Not only that, instead of clicking and selecting a video, now you only need to swipe up to view the next suggested content and similar other videos.
YouTube Shorts: features
YouTube shorts come with a multi-segment camera that allows the creator to create multiple videos of 15-second duration that can be grouped.
Along with that, YouTube has brought in a new option of recording the video along with the free music which you can find in its huge music library.
Make sure to use the audio for personal non-commercial use only. If you want to use this audio for commercial purposes, you better take the appropriate licenses before doing so.
YouTube has also brought in a new speed control feature so that you can record your shorts at your desired pace to add that extra emotional content to the video.
Everything until now looks good because you were live recording yourself in a selfie mode.
But, what if you want to get featured in the shorts that you are live recording while you don’t want to take a selfie mode video?
That’s where YouTube brings in the new timer and the counter feature that gives you a hands-free recording experience. Just like the old picnic photos, you just need to set the timer and get ready to be recorded.
How to create videos using YouTube shorts?
You can create a short video from any device and not just your mobile alone. You only need to make sure that you record it in a vertical format.
Also, you can make use of the shorts camera provided by the app to create a short video.
To create a short video using a shorts camera, follow these steps.
- Sign in to the YouTube app on your mobile and click the cross button in the center.
- Then select the ‘Create a short’ option.
- Now, click and hold the record button or you can just tap it to start and tap it again to stop recording the video segment.
- You can click ‘Undo’ to remove your previously recorded video segment or click ‘Redo’ to add back the removed video segment back into your video.
- Now, you can click ‘Next’ to preview your video and click ‘Next’ again to include your video details.
- You can add a title to your short video. Make sure that the length of the title stays within 100 characters so that it won’t get trimmed off while it’s displayed.
- Now you can choose your audience to include kids or not.
- Once you have finished choosing your audience, click ‘Upload’ to finish.
Now, what if you don’t have a shorts camera?
Worry not. You can still create a shorts video even if you don’t have a shorts camera.
All you have to do is, create a vertical video with a duration of fewer than 60 seconds and add #shorts to its description. That’s all.
Even though the short video cannot be monetized, just like the regular horizontal video, it will help shoot up your subscriber count within a short period. This way, shorts can help in increasing your earnings through your video content.
So what are you waiting for?
Grab your camera, get started with your personalized shorts and build your subscribers.