After several requests from the creator community, YouTube has announced that it will begin allowing users to easily create and share edits from existing videos and live streams. These “Clips” will have their own unique URL’s for easy sharing and they will exist alongside the primary video, so Clips will automatically absorb the existing monetization strategies from their parent video.
This new feature is being tested by the YouTube gaming community currently, but it will be rolled out to other channels in the coming weeks. To create a Clip all a user has to do is click on the “Clips” button between “Like/Dislike” and “Share” below the watchpage video, and select the 5-60 second segment that they want to share from the pop-up window on the right. (See below)
Once you’ve found the section you want to share as a “Clip”, you should give the clip a title (up to 140 characters), and then hit the “Share Clip” button in the bottom right of the pop-up selection window. You can repeat this process as many times as you would like, and by doing so, you can in essence create <1 minute chapters for a parent video.
Once you share your clip(s) with the desired receiver(s), they will be greeted with a display like the one seen below. As you can see, the receiver has the ability to watch the clip, share the clip, or watch the full video that the “Clip” originated from. This feature will be especially helpful for lengthy live streams and longer form videos.
This new feature will be a great way to increase the distribution of your videos, and to allow your fans and subscribers to engage even further with their content since they can highlight the moments they find to be the most interesting or sharable. As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions.