Edit Your Videos Within YouTube

While new versions of iOS from Apple and Blackberry outages have been grabbing the headlines, Google has quietly been tweaking YouTube with some major upgrades for video enthusiasts.

Recently I was uploading a video to YouTube and noticed a new “edit video” button, once the video had finished uploaded. It’s located right next to the “edit info” button on your video list.

Now don’t think you can put your order of Final Cut Pro on hold – it’s not that kind of an editor. It can however, provide some crucial basic editing for basic color correction and adjusting the start and the end times of your video.

Once you are in the editor you are presented with your video and also a preview window to get an idea of what your effects will look like. The editor has some great tools like trim, where you can trim the start and end times of your video. This is great for when you just want to upload a clip straight from your camera, say a video blog of yourself and you just want to cut out the parts where you turn the camera on and off. Now you can do this directly in YouTube.

You can also adjust basic color correction like lightness or fill light as well as contrast and color temperature. Adjusting the color temperature can either warm up your shot or cool it down. If your shooting someone out skiing in the snow, then adding a slight cool color cast can really help the shot. If you are shooting a monologue, warming up the shot can really help the skin tones.

Surprisingly I was also happy to see there is also a stabilize feature which helps correct for camera motions from hand holding a small video camera. Of course it’s best to use a tripod, whenever possible, but the stabilize feature does a great job of removing it, although you do sacrifice a bit of the edges of your shot in the process.

On top of these basic editing features you can also add a handful of effects that will help improve your clip. From basic effects from sepia and black and white to some more crazy artistic effects like cross-process or “lomo-ish” these effects could really come in handy depending on the content of your movie clip. I added a “1960’s” effect to a clip of my kids, which worked really well.