The YouTube team announced the launch of the Shorts feature, which is designed to compete with the super-popular short video sharing service TikTok.
At the moment YouTube Shorts is in beta testing phase. The built-in tool for shooting YouTube Shorts videos is currently only available in India. Users from other countries can create such videos using other methods and add a #Shorts mark to the title or description.
Users can create short vertical videos that last no longer than 60 seconds. They are shown not only on the authors’ channels, but also in a special section on the main YouTube page. The Shorts camera’s built-in tool allows users to create videos that last up to 15 seconds. It also allows you to combine multiple recordings, add music, control playback speed, and have a timer for shooting without an assistant.
Although YouTube Shorts allows videos up to 60 seconds in length, developers recommend to focus on “simpler and more attractive” for viewers 15-second format.