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How to Edit Your Videos for YouTube

Daisy updated on Jul 20, 2020 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

Whether you are going to start a new channel on YouTube or you are an experienced YouTuber, it is always a good idea to learn some new tips and tricks to edit your YouTube videos. After all, an edited video looks far better than the unedited ones and helps you get more views on it. If you are looking for a simple way to edit YouTube videos, this guide has some beneficial information for you.

Editing a video is not as difficult as you might think. It is as easy as editing your photos with basic editing tools. There are several YouTube video editors available in the market, and so it has become much easier than ever to retouch your videos.

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Part 1. Edit YouTube Videos with YouTube Studio

Many users may not be aware of it that YouTube has its own video editor to help you edit your videos. It is called YouTube Studio, and it allows you to perform some of the basic editings to your videos. Since it is part of the main YouTube platform, you can use the editor with any of your existing videos as well as new videos that you choose to upload from your computer. The following is how you get started with it starting from the very first step of uploading your video to the site.

1. Upload Videos using YouTube Studio

In order to use YouTube Studio to edit your YouTube videos, the first thing you are going to need to do is upload your videos to the site. This section shows how to do it.

Step 1. Head over to the YouTube Studio site and log-in to your account if you have not already.

Step 2. Once you are logged in, click on the "Upload Video" button to upload your video.

YouTube Studio

Step 3. You can drag & drop your video file onto the interface, or you can click on "Select File" to select your file to upload it.

Once the video is uploaded, you should be able to configure settings and edit them.

2. Customize Settings for YouTube Studio Videos

When you upload a video to YouTube, there are actually a number of settings you can configure for it. This includes choosing a title for your video, selecting a thumbnail for it, adding tags to it, and many more.

Step 1. On the Basic screen, you will find the options to add a title. Enter a title that you think is appropriate for the video.

Step 2. You will want to tell the audience what your video is about in detail. The Description box is just for that, and it lets you add a description for your video.

Step 3. You can then select a thumbnail that will appear for your video on the site. You can select from one of the site-generated thumbnails, or you can upload your own.

Step 4. If your video is not suitable for a certain age group, you can add age restrictions to it.

Step 5. Lastly, you can add relevant tags for your video. This briefly categorizes your video on the site.

There are various other settings in the More options section that you can configure. Most of those options are self-explanatory, and you will have no issues configuring them.

3. Edit Videos using YouTube Studio

Once you have added the basic information about your video, you can then start editing it. The editing tool is different from the information tool, and this section shows how to use it.

Step 1. While on the YouTube Studio site, click on the "Videos" option in the left sidebar to view your uploaded videos.

Step 2. On the following screen, you will see a list of all the videos uploaded from your account. You need to select the one that you want to edit by clicking on it.

Step 3. Once you have selected a video, click on the "Editor" option in the left sidebar to start editing your video.

Step 4. The editor screen should open, and you can now use the tools available on it to edit your video. Let's say you want to trim your video. To do it, click on the "Trim" option on your screen.

Step 5. To blur certain parts in the video, you can click on the "Add Blur" option at the bottom. You can then use the available options to blur your video the way you want.

Step 6. If you would like to add a music track to your video, click on the music icon, and select "Audio". The following screen lists out the tracks you can use in your video.

Step 7. If you have noticed, most YouTube videos have an end-screen that is different from the main video. You can add one to your video as well by clicking on the "End" screen option and selecting the type of screen you want.

Step 8. When you have finished editing your video, make sure to click on "Save" to save the edited video.

As you can see, YouTube Studio has pretty much all the basic tools you need to edit your YouTube videos.

Part 2. How to Make Your YouTube Videos More Appealing

While you can certainly use YouTube Studio to edit your videos with basic options, those of you looking for more effects and trying to make their videos more visually appealing may not find the tool helpful. In that case, you have two nice apps to use on your computer to edit your YouTube videos. These apps are both easy to use and provide you with a nice and beginner-friendly environment for editing your videos.

Solution 1. Edit Videos with EaseUS Video Editor

When it comes to editing videos for YouTube or for any other platform for that matter, EaseUS Video Editor is mostly a perfect choice as it is a great blend of both basic as well as advanced tools for video editing. It requires your computer running with Windows 10/8.1/8/7.

It comes packed with dozens of features, so everything you need is basically covered. You can use it to add text to your videos, trim the unwanted parts, add music, and do a lot more things with your videos. The following is a list of the features you get with the app.

App Features:

  • Library of over 50 effects to add to your videos
  • Add and mix your music files
  • Add a voice-over to your videos
  • Support for almost all video types
  • Editing tools include trim, split, rotate, zoom, among many others
  • It is an ideal app to make short videos and even create full movies

Step 1. Open EaseUS Video Editor

You'll see there are 4:3 and 16:9 modes for your choice. Select the correct mode based on your original video aspect ratio or the websites that your video will be uploaded to.

select your mode

Step 2. Import Videos

You can import the media that you are going to edit, apply texts/filters/overlays/transitions to the video clips. If you install and run the program for the first time, you can learn how to use the basic editing functions step by step via the prompts.

import video files

Step 3. Add to Project

Add video clips to the timeline panel by dragging and dropping from the Media Library. You can also right-click the clips in the "Media" and choose "Add to Project" to load them to the timeline.

add to project

Step 4. Edit Videos

Right-click the video and select "Edit".

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Then, you can split, trim, speed, rotate, add watermark or enhance video clips.

edit video-2

Step 5. Export Projects

Click "Export" in the Toolbar to export the project. There are four available ways to save the project.

export videos

Solution 2. Use Windows 10's Built-in Video Editor App

If you are a Windows PC user, there is actually a built-in video editor app on your machine. It is called Video Editor, and you can use it to edit and retouch your videos using many different ways. As it is preloaded on your PC, you do not need to download it, and you can start using it as soon as you boot-up your computer.

However, keep in mind the app may not have as many features as you expect from a video editor app like the one mentioned above. For most basic tasks, though, it should be sufficient.

Step 1. Use the Cortana search on your computer to search for and open Video editor.

Step 2. On the main screen, you will be asked to create a project before you can edit your videos. Click on the "New video project" button to do so.

open built in video editor

Step 3. The following screen asks you to add the video you want to edit. Click on the "Add" button and select a video from your computer to edit it in the app.

Step 4. Once a video is imported into the app, you need to place it on the storyboard to edit it. To do it, right-click on your video and select Place in the storyboard.

Step 5. The video should now be available in the storyboard for editing. The first thing you will want to do is split the video so you can independently edit the parts of it. Select the video and click on the "Split" button to do it.

Step 6. To add some text to your video, click on the "Text" option, and you will see all the available text styles to add to your video. When you have edited your video, click on the "Finish video" option at the top-right corner.

Then, Choose quality for your video and click on the "Export" button. Your video will be exported with your chosen quality. You can then upload it to your YouTube channel, and it is sure to amaze your viewers.

Part 3. Comparison of Video Editor Apps

Deciding which app to go for even after knowing their features is still a difficult decision to make. One of the things that can help you make a decision, though, is a table that lists out what app gives you what features. It lets you quickly get to know which app is suitable for you and your usage.

The table lists some of the common features you need to edit your YouTube videos. It then shows what apps offer those features, so if you are looking for something specific, it will let you know if an app has that feature available for you.

Feature/Effect YouTube Studio EaseUS Video Editor Windows 10 Video Editor
Works offline No Yes Yes
Beginner Friendly Yes Yes Yes
Mix music like a pro No Yes No
Voice-over No Yes No
Trim Yes Yes Yes
Split Yes Yes Yes
Mosaic effect No Yes No
Text to speed No Yes No
Audio mixing Yes Yes Yes

Part 4. Edit YouTube Videos on a Mac

If you are a Mac user, you are not left out, and you also have a really amazing app available to edit YouTube videos on your machine. It is called iMovie, and it is made by Apple. The app is an excellent choice for beginners trying to edit their first few videos. It should provide you with the most basic features you need to edit your videos. The following shows how you can use it on your machine.

import video to imovie

Step 1. Launch the iMovie app on your Mac.

Step 2. Click on the "File" menu and select Import media. Add your video to the app.

Step 3. Drag your video to the timeline, and you will be able to edit it.

Step 4. If you are looking to edit the colors for your video, you can click on the "Colors" icon at the top to do it.

Step 5. To crop a video, click on the "Crop" icon, and it will let you do it.

Step 6. One of the features of the app is to help you fix your shaky videos. You can click on the camera-like icon to access it and fix shakiness in your video.

Step 7. Click on the speedometer icon to modify the speed of your video.

Step 8. On the left-hand side pane, you will find the options to add music, titles, background, and transitions to your video.

iMovie covers pretty much all the tools for your video editing needs.


If you are looking to make it big on the YouTube platform, it is worth investing your time in learning how to edit YouTube videos. People are going to see how your videos look, and it is always a good idea to create good impressions. We hope our guide helps you edit your videos the way you want them to portray you on the platform. Besides, if you are using the Windows system, we strongly recommend you to download EaseUS Video Editor.

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