YouTube is rolling out a new feature that allows you to capture and share moments from videos and live streams. Clips on YouTube is available only to a small set of creators starting today as part of the initial test.
An experimental clipping tool will be visible on channels where the test is live. You can then click on that tool and choose a 5-second to 60-second segment from their videos and streams. You can adjust the length of the clip within the set limits by dragging the slider. After creating a clip, you can add a title and share it across various platforms via a new URL, embed code, text, or email.
Ryan Wyatt, head of gaming and commerce on YouTube, noted that clipping is a highly requested tool. YouTube also vowed to release updates to Clips based on feedback from early adopters.
DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND...— Ryan Wyatt (@Fwiz) January 28, 2021
We are launching a new product on @YouTube
🚨 CLIPS 🚨
It’s in experiment on a limited number of channels, but we recognize how important this feature is to Viewers, Creators, and Publishers for both Live and VOD!
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It's, perhaps, worth noting that the resulting clip doesn't lead to a new video, but can only be played on the original video in a repeating loop. This means that the clip will be deleted when the original content is removed.
The experimental feature is seen as YouTube's take on a similar capability on Twitch. For now, it's available on desktop and Android, with an iOS release scheduled soon.