YouTube Video Editor Update: Stylish With Nothing Under The Hood

Back in September, YouTube introduced a set of built-in editing tools for uploaded videos. While the editing interface was a valiant effort, it was primarily met with yawns and disinterest. Competing against editing software like Vegas, iMovie and Premiere, YouTube’s video editor was relegated for adding captions and sloppy on-the-go edits.

Since then, YouTube has released a series of updates for the editor including a cleaner layout and an option for stabilizing shaky shots. As you would expect, the result was more or less the same as the initial response. However, the folks at YouTube, if anything, are tenacious. Even after several poorly received attempts at creating an editor, YouTube is still at it with their latest update that dropped on Wednesday, August 8th.

On the official Creators Blog, YouTube promised that “we’re making these tools even faster, easier to use, and more powerful.” The new editor will feature an interactive preview of the edited video, a quick view of available features and surprise, surprise, a more streamlined interface.

Due in part to my fascination with why YouTube won’t give up on their editor and also seeing a chance to edit cat videos, I decided to give the update a test run. First, I had to choose from one of the hundreds of cat videos in YouTube’s Creative Commons library. Next, after picking some sweet tunes for my video to get fresh to, I sent the video to be processed. After processing took around 20 years, I got down to editing.

Although YouTube’s editing software remains largely unchanged in terms of cutting and annotating options, the live filter view is really spectacular. With this update, YouTube has allowed creators to see what their content looks like with a filter and without a filter simultaneously. It is a neat little function YouTube has rolled out but certainly not a revolutionary one. The YouTube editor, as much as it would like to be taken seriously, still has a long way to go before handling any heavy lifting in terms of editing.

For now, if you are looking to add some text to the end of a video or need to cut an intro together, the YouTube editor will work just fine. However, for everything else, stick with Final Cut.