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How to edit YouTube videos using YouTube Studio and tips to make your video stand out

Devon Delfino

You can make simple edits to your videos in YouTube Studio. Patchareeporn Sakoolchai/Getty Images

  • You can edit YouTube videos through YouTube Studio, as long as the video is not in draft form.
  • YouTube Studio is for more basic edits, such as trimming and blurring parts of your video.
  • For more complex edits, like adding transition or green screen effects, a third-party app can help.
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If you want your YouTube video to get noticed, you’ll probably need to do some editing. If you’re new to creating videos or don’t have video editing software, you can use YouTube Studio, available to all creators on the platform, to do some basic editing.

Here’s how to do basic video editing in YouTube Studio, plus options for more advanced editing apps and tips for making your video stand out.

Edit YouTube videos in YouTube Studio

YouTube Studio is where creators can edit and upload their videos, as well as view channel analytics. To access the Studio, simply go to You may be prompted to sign in to your account.

Once you’ve uploaded a video to the Studio, you can start editing.

Trim the start and end of a video

1. To select Contents in the left sidebar and click on your video thumbnail.

Tab Screenshot

In the “Content” section, select your video. Devon Delfino

2. Click on Editor in the left sidebar.

Screenshot of video in YouTube Studio

Select “Editor” on the left. Devon Delfino

3. Select blue To start button.

4. Click on Accompaniement. A blue bar will appear at the start and end of the video.

Screenshot of video editor in YouTube Studio

Select “Trim” above the video timeline. Devon Delfino

5. Hover over the blue bar at the start or end of the video, depending on what you want to trim, then drag the blue bar to the point where you want to start or end the video.

Screenshot of the video trim screen in YouTube Studio

Drag the blue bars at either end of the timeline to trim your video. Devon Delfino

6. From there you can click Overview in the pop-up window at the bottom middle of the screen, to see what the video looks like.

seven. Click on To safeguard twice when finished.

Screenshot of the Record button in YouTube Studio

When you’re ready, tap “Save.” Devon Delfino

Cut the middle of a video

Once you’ve entered the editing section of YouTube Studio as shown above, here’s how to cut the middle of your video:

1. Move the start point to where you want to trim in your video.

Screenshot of a trimming video in YouTube Studio

Move the bar to where you want the cut to start. Devon Delfino

2. Click on Accompaniement.

3. To select To divide in the pop-up window at the bottom center of the screen.

Screenshot of the Split button in YouTube Studio

Click “Divide” at the bottom. Devon Delfino

4. Drag the blue bar at the end of the section you want to remove from the video.

Screenshot of the middle cut of a video in YouTube Studio

Use the blue bars to select a clip to trim. Devon Delfino

5. Click on Overview to review the changes you have made.

6. When you’re ready, click To safeguard twice.

Blur a person or object in a video

1. In the video editor, select Blur parts of your video.

Screenshot of blur button in YouTube Studio

Click “Blur parts of your video” at the bottom. Devon Delfino

2. To select face blur Where Custom Blur.

Screenshot of the Blur option in YouTube Studio

Choose “Face Blur” or “Custom Blur” from the pop-up window. Devon Delfino

3. For Face Blur, the Studio will find faces in your video and you can select the ones you want to blur from there, then press Apply. For Custom Blur, click and drag the blur box that appears in the preview window and adjust the timing, shape, and blur behavior in the left part of the blur window.

Screenshot of blurring windows in YouTube Studio

Customize your blur in the left section. Devon Delfino

4. Click on To safeguard when ready.

Third-party apps for more advanced video editing

You can no longer perform more advanced video editing in YouTube Studio. However, you can use third-party apps, such as:

  • iMovie. This free application comes with Mac computers. You can do things like use theme templates, add sound effects, and use green screen and split screen effects.
  • Adobe Premiere Rush. This app lets you create custom transitions, adjust the speed of your video, and add audio.
  • InShot. You can add transition effects, text, emojis and filters to your videos with this app, besides blurring the background.

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