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How to edit videos on YouTube

Let your inner perfectionist out.
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May 9, 2022

After you’ve uploaded your video to YouTube, there’s always a chance that it isn’t quite finished. Whether that’s adding a few extra cards or adding an end screen, YouTube provides a number of things you can add on top of your video. However, did you know you know you could actually edit the video itself? You can actually audio swap, trim, and blur over areas of your video. Let’s go over how to edit videos on YouTube.

Read more: How to get more subscribers on YouTube

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To edit a YouTube video, log in to your YouTube account and go to YouTube Studio. Click ContentDetails > Editor. From here, you can select TrimBlur, or Audio to edit your video.


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How to trim a YouTube video

Log into your YouTube account and go to YouTube Studio. Click the Content tab from the menu on the left.

click content tab
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Move your mouse over the title of the video that you wish to edit. Click on the pencil-shaped Details button.

click details on channel content
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In Video details, there will be a new menu on the left side. Click the clapperboard-shaped Editor button.

click the editor tab
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Click the scissors-shaped Trim button.

click the trim button
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On the Trim page, you can cut out areas at the beginning or end of your video; this is called trimming the ends of your video. To trim your YouTube video, click and drag the blue bars at either end of the video timeline.

grab either end and start pulling
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When satisfied with the trimmed video, click PREVIEW.

click preview
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Click the blue SAVE button in the top right to finish.

save video edit trim
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How to blur a YouTube video

Log into your YouTube account and go to YouTube Studio. Click the Content tab from the menu on the left.

click content tab
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Move your mouse over the title of the video that you wish to edit. Click on the pencil-shaped Details button.

click details on channel content
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In Video details, there will be a new menu on the left side. Click the clapperboard-shaped Editor button.

click the editor tab
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Click Blur.

click blur tab
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If you select Face blur, YouTube will start looking for faces to blur out. If you want manual control over where the blur occurs and for how long, click Custom blur.

select the kind of blur you desire
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Now it’s time to customize the appearance and details of the blur as it will appear in the video.

In the Custom blur field, enter the video timestamps for the beginning and end of the blur.

choose blur timestamps
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Under Blur Shape, select either Rectangle or Circle.

choose the blur shape
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Under Blur Behavior, select either Track object (if there’s something in the video you want the blur to move with) or Fix blur position (if you want to blurred area to stay static in one position).

select the blur behavior
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When you’re satisfied with your blur parameters, click the blue SAVE button in the top right.

once satisfied click the save button
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How to add audio to a YouTube video

Log into your YouTube account and go to YouTube Studio. Click the Content tab from the menu on the left.

click content tab
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Move your mouse over the title of the video that you wish to edit. Click on the pencil-shaped Details button.

click details on channel content
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In Video details, there will be a new menu on the left side. Click the clapperboard-shaped Editor button.

click the editor tab
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Click Audio.

click the audio tab
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Under the Free music tab, locate the audio that you wish to add to your video. Hover your cursor over its title and then click ADD.

find the audio track you wish to add then click add
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The audio will appear underneath the current video audio, as the audio from YouTube Studio will not be displacing the original audio. Instead, it will be added over top.

move the audio track into place
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Click and drag either end of the blue audio bar to trim it down.

shorten the audio if you wish
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Click and drag the blue bar itself wherever you want in the video.

moving the entire audio clip
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Once satisfied, click the blue SAVE button in the top right.

once satisified click save
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