How do I edit a video in YouTube?

You will learn how to edit your videos inside YouTube's video editor.

While the YouTube video editor can get the job done, it is recommended you edit your videos inside Camtasia. For help with Camtasia, head here: How do I edit video and audio in Camtasia?

Go to your Video Manager

1. Click Edit on the video you want to edit. The drop-down will show several options for editing your video. This tutorial will go over Info and Setting, Enhancements, Audio, End Screen & Annotations, Cards, Subtitles/CC

Youutbe Video Mangaer dropdown to the left of the screen, highlighting Videos. Arrow pointing to Edit drop down button within the Videos list.
Info & Settings

You can change the information some settings, such as the video title, description, or video privacy for your video on this tab.

Video editor page highlighting the Info and Setting tab located at the top left of the page.

In the Enhancements tab, you can apply several visual changes to your video, such as color changes, slow motion, stabilizing a shaky cam, or adding filters and blurring effects.

When you apply an effect, it will be shown in the video preview. You can slide the divider to see more of the applied effects compared to the original video.

YouTube has thousands of free songs to add to your video. Click one on the side to add it to your video. Once added, the track will appear below the video, allowing you to position the song in the video, as well as changing it's audio level to favor the song, the original video, or an equal balance of the two.

In the Audio tab, Trim the song and move it along the timeline to have it start where you want it.
End Screen & Annotations

You can add an end screen link or video to give students more resources to explore after watching your video.

Video Editor page highlighting End screen and Annotations tab

Cards allow you to add a little pop-up window during the video, allowing you to link to another video, website, or add a poll your students can interact with.

Video Editor highligting Cards tab, that the card lays in the upper right corner of the actual vidoe, and that you can Add Card with the drop down menu in the right side editor. Then shows that the card editor lays in the video timeline at the bottom of the page.

For a more in depth guide on captioning in YouTube, head here: How do I add captions to my YouTube video?

To add Subtitles to your video, type your transcript into the text box and click Set timings when done. It should automatically line up the text with the audio in the video. To view subtitles inside the video, click the CC button.

Video Editor highlighting the Subtitles/CC tab opening the Subtitles editor as well as pointing to the CC button at the bottom right of the video.