YouTube is testing a new feature that allows viewers to create clips from comments on other people’s videos.
The feature, called “Viewer-Created Short Clips with Comments,” is currently being tested with a small percentage of users.
The announcement was made on July 20, 2023 on a YouTube support page and reads “We’re running an experiment that allows mobile viewers to create short clips with comments posted on the videos they’re watching.”
YouTube has been making continuous efforts to improve its platform and increase viewership. Recently, the company launched a screen lock feature for Premium users, allowing them to watch videos without interruptions and avoid accidental touches.
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The viewer-created shorts feature with comments is a way for viewers to share their thoughts and reactions to videos in a more creative way.
It also gives viewers the opportunity to participate in the video conversation, even if they don’t have the time or skills to create their own videos.
YouTube is not the first video sharing platform to offer a feature that allows viewers to create content from comments.
TikTok, for example, has had a similar feature for some time. But the launch of viewer-created YouTube shorts with a comment feature is a sign that the company is taking this video format seriously.
What is the availability of this feature?
YouTube mentions that this feature is only available to a small group of Android and iOS users. It is still in testing mode.
The platform mentions: “This experiment is available to a small percentage of viewers on Android and iOS mobile devices around the world.”
How to use the new feature?
To create a short from a comment, viewers simply tap the “Create Short” button below the comment. They can then edit the comment and add their own creative touches, such as music, filters, and text.
Once the short is created, it will appear in the shorts feed and on the viewer’s channel page. It is important to note that once a Shorts is created from a comment, there will be no notifications for the creator whose video the comment is in or the author of the comment.
YouTube says: “The short will appear in the viewer’s shorts feed and channel page. Viewer-created shorts will not send notifications to the creator whose video the comment is on, or to the author of the comment.”
Additionally, creators do not have the ability to prohibit comments from appearing on a Short. However, you can disable comments on your videos for a safe experience.
In conclusion, YouTube shorts based on video comments are a positive development for the platform. It’s a way for YouTube to give viewers more ways to express themselves and participate in the conversation around videos. It’s also a way for YouTube to promote videos and drive engagement.