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How to edit YouTube videos using YouTube Studio, and tips to make your video stand out

  • You can edit YouTube videos through YouTube Studio, as long as the video isn’t in draft form.
  • YouTube Studio is meant for more basic edits, like trimming and blurring parts of your video.
  • For more complex edits, like adding transition or green-screen effects, a third-party app can help.
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If you want your YouTube video to get noticed, you’re probably going to have to do a little editing. If you’re new to making videos or don’t own video editing software, you can use the YouTube Studio — available to all creators on the platform — to do some basic edits.

Here’s how to make basic video edits in YouTube Studio, as well as options for more advanced editing apps, and tips to make your video stand out. 

Edit YouTube videos in YouTube Studio

YouTube Studio is where creators can edit and upload their videos, plus view channel analytics. To access the Studio, you just need to go to studio.youtube.com. You may be directed to sign in to your account.

Once you’ve uploaded a video to the Studio, you can start editing.

Trim the start and end of a video 

1. Select Content in the left sidebar and click the thumbnail of your video.

In the “Content” section, select your video.
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2. Click Editor in the left sidebar.

Select “Editor” on the left.
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3. Select the blue Get Started button. 

4. Click Trim. A blue bar will appear at the start and end of the video.

Select “Trim” above the video timeline.
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5. Hover over the blue bar at the beginning or end of the video, depending on what you want to trim and then drag the blue bar to the point you want to start or end the video.

Drag the blue bars on either end of the timeline to trim your video.
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6. From there, you can click Preview in the pop-up at the bottom-middle of the screen, to see how the video looks.

7. Click Save twice when complete.

When you’re ready, hit “Save.”
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Trim the middle of a video 

Once you’ve gone into the editing section of YouTube Studio, as detailed above, here’s how to trim the middle of your video:

1. Move the starting point to where you want to trim within your video.

Move the bar to where you want the cut to begin.
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2. Click Trim.

3. Select Split in the pop-up at the bottom-center of the screen.

Click “Split” at the bottom.
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4. Drag the blue bar to the end of the section you want to cut out of the video.

Use the blue bars to select a clip to cut.
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5. Click Preview to review the changes you’ve made.

6. When ready, click Save twice.

Blur a person or object in a video 

1. From the video editor, select Blur parts of your video.

Click “Blur parts of your video” at the bottom.
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2. Select Face blur or Custom blur.

Choose “Face blur” or “Custom blur” in the pop-up.
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3. For Face blur, the Studio will find faces in your video and you’ll be able to select the ones you want to blur from there and then hit Apply. For Custom blur, click and drag the blur box that appears in the preview window and adjust the timing, shape, and blur behavior in the left side of the blur window.

Customize your blur in the section on the left.
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4. Click Save when ready.

Third-party apps for more advanced video editing

You can no longer do more advanced video editing in YouTube Studio. However, you can use third-party apps, like:

  • iMovie. This free app comes with Mac computers. You can do things like use theme templates, add sound effects, and use green screen, and split screen effects.
  • Adobe Premiere Rush. This app lets you do things like create tailored transitions, adjust the speed of your video and add audio.
  • InShot. You can add transition effects, text, emojis and filters to your videos with this app, in addition to blurring the background.