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YouTube Editor Is Killed Off: Here Are Some Alternatives

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”.

YouTube Video Editor

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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Christopher Isak
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  1. This news hit our school district hard. For financial and network security reasons, we are almost an exclusively Chromebook school district. We can’t afford hard drive machines or software or subscription or membership fees. And, this is the case for school districts all over the world. YouTube Editor was a fantastic and free resource for students. In the past, I’ve tried a couple of the alternatives you listed, and found them so clunky that it was difficult to teach to students. They figured out YouTube Editor in about 5 minutes. So, back to that list of alternatives and see if any of them have gotten better!
    If you have any real life experiences with any of those alternatives, I would love to hear about them, as well as if you find additional alternatives.
    Thank you!

    • Hi JJ, I do agree that there are no free alternatives that would directly replace the YouTube editor. For your case I would suggest two options you could try to push this onward. 1: You can check with web based solution providers about school access without charge or 2: Check into options (apps) that are free (limited usage?) that the students run independently on their phones. Not sure if they have phones but it’s perhaps an option. Let me know what you think.

      • Students do use their phones extensively. That, of course, is how they take all their videos. Those with iPhones have used iMovie on their phone. But, iPhones are few and far between in our particular population, and that small screen is hard to work with for video editing – even when it’s an extension of your body! A little research turned up a plethora of free video editing apps for Android phones, so I’ll have to ask some kids to try that out.
        Since they have access to Chromebooks (and Chromeboxes) in classrooms and the library, I’m going to keep searching for free web based solutions. Many browser based video editors have free or discounted subscriptions for education, but then impose a length limit. For example, Animoto makes a pretty little video very easily, but the free education subscription is only 30 seconds. WeVideo’s free education service is 10 minutes on a trial basis.
        Appreciate your thoughtful feedback – the search continues!


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