YouTube is making it easier for creators to post Shorts by allowing them to repurpose their existing videos.
“Attention Shorts creators: to make it easier to create even more new content,” the company says(Opens in a new window) in its announcement, “you can now convert up to 60 seconds from your own existing long-form YouTube videos and turn them into Shorts using all the same editing tools that you know and love (text, timeline editor, filters, etc.). “
The feature isn’t limited to converting a 60-second clip from a longer video into a Short. YouTube says that creators who select a clip that’s less than a minute long will be able to “shoot additional videos with the Shorts camera as well as upload more videos” from their galleries as long as the resulting video remains less than 60 seconds long.
Reducing the amount of effort required to create Shorts could encourage more YouTubers to embrace the medium, but YouTube seems to recognize that probably isn’t enough incentive on its own, so the company is also making it so that any Shorts generated from someone’s existing content will link back to the longer video.
“Shorts created from VODs will link back to the original long-form videos so that people watching your Short can see the original video too,” YouTube says. “Importantly, only you as the original creator will be able to import your long-form videos into Shorts as this tool is not available for other creators to use on your content.”
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YouTube says the ability to create Shorts from existing videos is rolling out now on both iOS and Android.
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