Simple steps to get started and record YouTube Shorts

Latter-day entertainment has changed the way content is consumed. The evolution of mobile apps like TikTok, Clubhouse, and the advancement in the already existing social media channels has resulted in other main stream players to innovate for a share of the inquisitive audience. This is how YouTube Shorts came into action.

Surely a TikTok clone, Shorts is a way for anyone to connect with a new audience in the YouTube app. The platform has a number of interesting creation tools that make it easy for a user to create short-form videos that are up to 60 seconds long with the in-app multi-segment camera.

In this article, we explore the Shorts creation tools in the YouTube app and how you can use them to record a video for uploading.

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How do you record a YouTube Shorts video?

To create a short video on YouTube, Sign in to the YouTube app. Tap Create a Short. If you don’t see the option to “Create a Short,” make sure you have the latest version of the YouTube app.

To make your Short longer than 15 seconds, tap 15 above the record button to record up to 60 seconds (60). You can opt to tap Speed to speed up or slow down the recording, as well as tap Timer to set the countdown to record hands-free and choose when to automatically stop recording.

With everything set, you can record a clip by holding the capture button or tap it to start recording and then again to stop. There are various options if you want to have a few more takes. Simply tap undo to remove the previous video clip you recorded or tap redo to add it back. You can equally tap done to preview and enhance your video or tap NEXT to add details to your video.

If you are sure about everything in there, you can then tap UPLOAD to publish your Short.

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How to use audio in your YouTube Shorts

You can create a Short using a song from YouTube’s music library or the original audio from many other short and long-form videos. However, this kind of videos is limited to 15 seconds or less. Shorts made with sampled audio are attributed back to the source creator’s original video. Some videos may be unavailable based on who has claimed copyright ownership or their privacy setting.

YouTube says that any videos claimed by a third-party copyright owner and private videos can’t be used. The platform also allows creators to limit the use of audio from their long-form videos in other’s Shorts. If you choose to use audio from others’ videos, the owner may delete their original content or restrict the use of their long-form content in Shorts at any time.

So, how do you apply audio in your YouTube shorts? You have two ways of doing this.

You can opt to apply it from the Shorts player. Here, you just need to Sign in to the YouTube app on mobile. Then, go to the Short you’d like to sample. In the lower-right corner, tap sound to see other Shorts that used the same audio. Then, tap USE THIS SOUND to Create a Short.

If you plan on adding audio from a video watch page, sign in to the YouTube app on mobile. Then, go to the video you’d like to sample. Under the video player, tap Create to Create a Short.

It is recommended that if you upload a short video you’ve created elsewhere, make sure that any copyright-protected material you’ve used is approved for your use on YouTube.

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