YouTube Shorts video guide and FAQs

YouTube Shorts video guide and FAQs: Shorts overview, create Shorts process, video music, monetization, Shorts tool option and FAQs for Shorts.

What is YouTube “Shorts”?

“Shorts” is a new YouTube short-form video type. Users can create Shorts using their mobile phones. Shorts’ videos are vertical videos and 60 second or less in length. “Shorts” is currently in beta phase and Shorts video creation tool available for creators in India. These Shorts videos display on the YouTube home page in Shorts shelf row.

How to create Shorts on YouTube app?

Creators can create Shorts using a short-form video creation tool from YouTube app. If this tool is not available in your mobile app, you can create Shorts video by normal process.

Following are steps to create Shorts using a YouTube app video creation tool.

  • Sign in to YouTube on your mobile device.
  • Tap “+” icon create button.
  • Choose “Create a Short” option.
  • Start creating video: you can tap and hold the capture button, or tap capture button to start shooting and tap again capture button to stop shooting.
  • Use Undo and Redo options to manage different clips.
  • Now, tap “Next” and preview the video.
  • Tap “Next” again and add video details (title, description, language).
  • Select audience.
  • At last, Tap “Upload” to finish.

Note: YouTube Shorts allowed video length is 60 seconds, but video created using the Shorts camera is limited to 15 seconds.

How to add my Shorts video to YouTube Shorts shelf?

To display your short videos on YouTube Shorts shelf, you need to create vertical video with limits to 60 seconds in length. And, most important thing is that, you need to add #Shorts hashtag in title or description.

Is YouTube Shorts can be only created from YouTube app’s “Create a Shorts” option?

No, You can create YouTube Shorts videos using normal video creating process.

Can I add normal videos as a Shorts video?

Yes, You can add normal existing or newly created videos as Shorts on YouTube. But, here your video needs to satisfy Shorts criteria (vertical mode, 60 second length and #Shorts hashtag).

Can I display ads with Shorts and monetize my Shorts video?

No, ads not served yet on Shorts video, so, you cannot monetize Shorts video. Shorts also do not generate YouTube Premium subscription revenue.

Currently Shorts feature is in beta phase, so, there may be opportunities to monetize Shorts in the future.

Where and how do these Shorts video display on YouTube?

Short videos display on the YouTube homepage in Shorts shelf. This Short shelf row displays in before the suggested videos list.

These Shorts video displayed in row with “Shorts” title. Users can tap and view these videos. To watch the next and previous Shorts video, users need to swipe up or swipe down.

How do I add music in my Shorts video?

A Shorts video create feature in the YouTube app has the option “Add Music” option. This Music option has free to use songs selection. By tapping on Music option, you can select and add track to your Shorts video.

How many music tracks available on YouTube for Shorts video?

YouTube Shorts Music option has 1000+ tracks. These tracks are in many languages. Also, these Music option tracks list continuously growing.

Is Shorts music tracks are free to use?

Yes, you can use Shorts music in Shorts video for personal, non-commercial use. So, the suggestion is that videos created with Shorts music, try to only be used on YouTube with personal and non-commercial purpose.


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