Using the YouTube Video Editor

YouTube Video EditorI’ve been suggesting that, over time, more and more applications will be moving into a cloud space, thus making the need for local software less important. Perhaps there are some applications that are a ways away from this, but for the most part I think that we’re going to begin seeing more software being less platform dependent. And I happen to think this is a good  thing myself.

To take this line of thought further, I would point to YouTube’s own video editor. What, you didn’t realize that YouTube even offered such a thing? Don’t worry about it; Google hasn’t exactly been shouting about the tool from the mountain tops.

What’s good about YouTube video editor

The YouTube video editor has a lot going for it despite its basic functionality. For easy mashups of your own YouTube videos, dragging and sorting couldn’t be easier. Another benefit is that this editor provides you with simple and legal access to Creative Commons music and video. This means that if you need some cool tunes for your latest mashup, this editor will make the process very easy. Plus, the music selection isn’t terrible, either.

The downside to the YouTube video editor

The biggest two downsides I’ve found with the editor are the lack of compelling transitions and effects. While the editor provides some level of editing control through its ability to trim back video content, I was disappointed that the transitions were so lacking and the effects amounted to brightness, contrast, and black/white control. That, alone, is something that needs to be expanded greatly on.

With the negatives aside though, I see this as a classic example of more advanced functionality being built into future versions of this editor. As things stand now, I wouldn’t actually suggest that this editor is ready for prime time. But it’s getting there, be it a little too slowly for my taste.