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YouTube Unveils Cloud-Based Editing, Enabling Non-Destructive Post-Production Effects

09.16.11 @ 6:00PM Tags : , , , ,

This is simultaneously really impressive and seemingly obvious. The Tube of You has rolled out a new tab that allows you to trim your videos right on the site — in the cloud — instead of doing it locally and (re)uploading. This tab, aptly named “Edit video,” should already be live for all global users and allows for trimming, soundtrack-swapping, camera stabilization (!), and a number of basic post-production effects. As far as I can tell, at present there are no NLE features, but who knows where it’s headed next. Here’s the official word and a brief demo:


Starting today, you can edit your uploaded videos right on YouTube and maintain the same video IDs. This means you keep your view count and comments, and all existing links to your video will continue to work. No re-uploading necessary! Here’s how it works: just click Edit video on the video’s page or on your My Videos page. You can stabilize your hand-held footage, rotate a video, and boost the contrast and colors. Try “I’m Feeling Lucky” for 1-click color correction.

Link: Edit your videos with YouTube – YouTube Blog

[via Engadget]

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  • I’am very curious about the stabilizing feature. A really handy tool for any amature! Great work YouTube!

  • This is definitely a step in the right direction. I just wish they would allow us to swap the video file like vimeo does.

  • You have no idea how upset I am that I had this idea four years ago and couldn’t find the right people to help me get it off the ground…

  • Idk how I feel about this, Its like everyday there is something else out there. Now anybody can be an editor? I used to get little odd jobs here and there to edit small shows for a lot of local rappers to make some extra money while in school and it was really cool, and fun. It seems that these businesses, such as youtube, will do anything to generate traffic and more money not realizing that you are eliminating jobs for other people just to generate more revenue for yourself. I know, I know its not that serious and the little odd job didn’t pay as much but what happen to leaving certain things to the pros u know. I’m sorry, it may not be that serious but it did kind of hit a nerve, and I admit I could just be looking at it in the wrong way…

    • Unfortunately, even if they did realise they probably wouldn’t care :(

    • Anyone can’t just pick up a copy of After Effects and produce the next visual effects for a feature film. There is still a huge element of learning and skill. However, these features are giving anyone a chance to produce video that is pleasing. I also think there are a lot of people who have “the eye” for film, but they just don’t have access to software or equipment, this is giving them an opportunity to express themselves.

    • I don’t think this is something to be worried about. Honestly I think for at least a short time all this is probably going to do is ignite a spate of horrifically saturated, contrasty youtube videos with nasty vignettes and cheap effects! It’s not offering NLE features or anything and the effects are nothing that Windows Movie Maker or iMovie can’t already do. So it’s not like it’s a game-changer or going to put people out of business.

      It’s just useful features for people who know what they’re doing; and for the average youtuber, enough rope for to hang themselves with ;)

  • Just another reason to hone your ability, push yourself in your filmmaking, and separate yourselves from the masses.

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