If you belong to the few YouTube Creators who are using the YouTube Video Editor to make simple video edits right there in your browser, it’s time to kiss this convenient solution goodbye. On the YouTube Video Editor support page, Google is informing their users about the end of life date for this apparently unpopular solution.
Visible for all on that site, they state, “Video Editor and Photo slideshows will be going away on September 20th, 2017”. On July 20th, Community Manager Marissa writes, “We’ve seen limited usage of these features, so we’re retiring them to focus our efforts on building new tools and improving on other existing features. You’ll have two months to finalize any video projects before we turn off the features completely. After that you will no longer have access to projects in the Video Editor, but any videos already published with the Video Editor will not be affected”.
I was making use of the cutting and joining features of the YouTube on-page editor for the TechAcute YouTube channel, which we started earlier this year, and that is exactly what they intend to remove. Other features that are there to improve videos as a whole, with enhancements and filters, will remain unchanged.
Now they did not actually provide us with any recommendations for video editor alternatives on their announcement. It is up to each user to find something that they can use going forward. As this potentially affects a lot of people, I wanted to share my results of finding an alternative for the decommissioned YouTube Video Editor. I am not ordering this, so please consider these solutions as neutral options for you to check on. There never is one golden software that does the job for everyone. Not every solution is free, so please keep that in mind when comparing. Good luck!
Browser-based video editors
Video editors that require software installation
Most certainly a free web application can’t do what industry-level creative software can do. Yet, they are included in this list, as the YouTube Video Editor was about simple video edits as well and didn’t offer extensive creative features.
Do you have any more suggestions for us? Please add them below in the comments so the others can benefit from your experiences as well. Many thanks!
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