Thursday, July 29

YouTube Shorts: What is it and how to use it to create short videos | Digital Trends Spanish

Ten months after it was released in India, the YouTube competition for TikTok and Instagram Reels made its worldwide premiere. Next, we will explain What is it YouTube Shorts and how to use it to create your short videos.

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What is YouTube Shorts


YouTube Shorts is Google’s bet to compete with the successful Chinese platform TikTok, whose scheme of short videos, with effects and attractive music has captivated millions of users around the world.

The application was released in September 2020 in India. Originally it allowed to post videos of only 15 seconds, as it happened with TikTok in its origins. However, today it is possible to create logs of up to one minute in length.

Unlike TikTok, but like Reels, YouTube Shorts is not a separate application, but rather a function that is integrated into the original platform.

How YouTube Shorts work

To use YouTube Shorts you must open the original YouTube application and press the button To create (+), located in the center of the lower menu. Among the drop-down alternatives, the option should appear Create Short. If you don’t see it, make sure you have the latest version of the app.

If you are familiar with TikTok or Instagram Reels, it should not be difficult for you to know how to use this tool, although it does have some specifications that are worth reviewing. Before starting, if it is your first Short, you must allow the application to access the camera and microphone of your device. Once you’ve done it, follow these steps.

  • If you want your video to be longer than 15 seconds, press the fifteen located above the record button, which will allow you to increase to 60 seconds.
  • To record, press and hold the capture button for as long as you need. A red bar at the top that progresses indicates the recording time.
  • To stop recording, just release the button. Press it again if you want to resume the registration. You can repeat the process as many times as necessary to complete your video.
  • If you want to re-record a scene, you can press the undo button. Or redo it, if you want to add it back.
  • When you’re done recording, press Clever (verification ticket), which will allow you to add details such as music and text.
  • Use the tool Chronology to adjust when the text and music appear. You can add the text elements that you deem appropriate.
  • When finished, press You must add a title for your video, define if it will be a public Shorts and if the content is suitable for children.
  • YouTube recommends including the hashtag #Shorts in the title or description of the short video, to promote its viralization.
  • Press Increase to end.
  • Once you’ve uploaded your first video, you can also start exploring other posts.

As tools options, you can press the button Velocity before recording any scene, which will allow you to speed up or slow down your recording.

Another useful tool is the Timer, which allows you to record without using your hands, by defining a countdown to start recording and the duration of the scene.

How to add audios to YouTube Shorts

You can accompany your Shorts with a song or an audio clip from the YouTube catalog, which is free to use for personal and non-commercial purposes. To use these registers, you have two alternatives:

  • Before starting any recording, you can press Add sound and choose the audio that seems most convenient for you.
  • The second option is to add it after saving (after pressing the verification ticket), in the option Sound located at the bottom of the edit screen.

In either case, the sounds in the YouTube library only offer a maximum duration of 15 seconds.

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