Sometimes when you want to share a video from YouTube, the other person you’re sharing it with might not have the time to watch the entire video, especially if it’s long. Sure, you can share videos that start at specific times, but that can also sometimes be a bit finicky, which is why YouTube is introducing Clips.
The feature was announced at the start of 2021 which is basically YouTube’s answer to Twitch’s own Clips feature that lets users cut specific portions of a video that they can then share. This means that if there is only a specific part that you want to show others, Clips will let you do that.
How To Create A Clip On YouTube
If you want to create a YouTube Clip, the process is rather simple. According to YouTube, right now the feature is only available on mobile devices so if you’re trying to do this from your desktop, you won’t be able to do so, at least for now.
- Open the YouTube app and make sure you’re signed into your account
- Open a video to watch
- Under the video, there should be an icon that looks like a pair of scissors
- Tap on the icon
- A create clip box will pop up
- Select the section of the video you want to clip by dragging the slider
- Give the clip a name
- Tap Share Clip when you’re done
Do keep in mind that at the moment, YouTube is only testing out the feature. According to YouTube, “This feature is an experiment that’s only available to a small number of creators. We’re working to let more creators participate in the future.” So if you don’t see this feature yet or can’t access it, this is probably why.
According to YouTube, the minimum duration for a Clip is 5 seconds, and the maximum is 60 seconds.
This is because YouTube is giving creators the option to prevent their videos from being clipped. Sometimes videos when taken out of context might come across the wrong way, so maybe some creators would rather users just watch the entirety of their videos instead of just taking out the parts that they want.
YouTube also notes that Clips will not work for:
- Videos that are Made for Kids
- Live streams without DVR
- Live streams over 8 hours long
- Premieres while they’re still live
No. At the moment YouTube is only testing out Clips for Android devices. The company does state that they do have plans to eventually test it for iOS devices as well, but for now, it will only be available on Android.