YouTube lets you import YouTube videos into Shorts. In other words, it lets you create Shorts from already published videos. You get to select any 60s portion of your video and post it as a new Shorts. If the duration of the clip you are selecting is less than the 60s, you can shoot the rest of the 60s Shorts as well as choose another video from the gallery. So, there’s a lot you can do from the preexisting video. Let’s learn how it all works.

How To Create Shorts From Long YouTube Videos

YouTube Shorts

First thing first, the feature is available on YouTube mobile app for both Android and iOS.

1. Once your YouTube app gets the update, you should see a Create Shorts icon menu bar below the video (that involves Like, Dislike, Share, Download, etc).


2. A pop-up appears with the option — Edit Into A Short. Tap on it.

3. Select the 60s portion of the video.

4. On the next screen, you can add text, filters, etc.

YouTube Shorts

5. Finally add a caption, choose the visibility and audience you want, and hit publish.

So, that’s all. YouTube believes this will be a way to leverage the content already you have published. Using it, you can engage with more audiences. The better part is that the Shorts you create this way are linked back to your original long-form video. Thus it could bring interested viewers to your previously uploaded content. 


In case you don’t know, the company was already converting vertical videos smaller than 60 seconds into shorts. 

Now, if you happen to have a clip that’s not 60 seconds long, this new feature also lets you shoot the rest of the footage required for the Shorts with your phone camera or use a video clip present in your gallery. 

One final thing to note is that Shorts can be created this way only by the original creator. So, others can’t make Shorts out of your work using YouTube’s built-in tool.

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