How to Edit Videos for YouTube

Make an amazing YouTube video with simple editing tools.

Learn how to edit YouTube videos with Adobe Premiere Rush – the all-in-one, mobile-friendly app for creating, editing, and sharing your videos online – and one of 20+ apps in Adobe Creative Cloud.

 

Let’s say you just finish shooting video at a local skate park, and now you want to put all the clips together into a single, show-stopping, video production for your YouTube page. You’re going to need a program to edit your video, and you’re going to need to know how to use it. Fortunately, editing your YouTube videos doesn’t have to be complicated, and it can help you be more creative, too. Whether you are crafting videos for a class project or to showcase your latest travels, the right YouTube video editing tools make it simple to get the job done.

To get you started, here are some tips on editing your YouTube video:

  1. Choose a video-editing platform.
    While there are several editing platforms available, make sure you select one that fits how you work best.

    If you are looking for a platform you can use anywhere, then you may want to choose a mobile-friendly app like Adobe Premiere Rush. It’s one of many apps in Adobe Creative Cloud, and it conveniently saves all your work to the cloud; so, you can easily switch between smartphone, tablet, and computer to find your latest edit and continue your work.
    Various Devices with YouTube Video Editing Tools
    In this example, we are going to use Premiere Rush to show the various options for editing your YouTube productions.


  2. Start simple with basic editing tools.
    Premiere Rush makes editing your YouTube videos easy.

    You can find all your basic editing tools in the bottom left corner, including: scissors, duplicate, delete, expand audio, and track controls. (If you’re on the mobile app, you can scroll along the bottom of the screen to find these same tools).

    Basic Editing Tools for YouTube Videos in Adobe Rush

    Scissors allows you to split any video clip into two separate clips. Position the playhead at the point you want to cut, and then click on the scissors icon.

    Duplicate allows you to duplicate any video clip in the timeline. Select the clip, and then hit the duplicate button.

    Delete allows you to delete any video clip. Simply select the clip, and then click on the trash icon.

    Expand audio allows you to shorten or lengthen the audio separately from the video portion it’s associated with, in the timeline.

    Track controls allow you to lock, mute, or hide entire tracks in the timeline. Premiere Rush supports up to four video tracks and three audio tracks.

    Rearranging your video clips is incredibly intuitive. Just click and drag clips where you want them, and use the orange handles to reduce or expand the length of a clip.


  3. Get creative with titles, transitions, color, and audio edits.
    For an even bigger impact, try experimenting with the refinement tools in Premiere Rush. You can resize video clips, play around with filters, and master the audio for your finished product.

    You can find the refinement tools in the upper right corner (on mobile, you can scroll along the bottom of the screen). This menu includes titles, transitions, color presets, audio controls, and transform.

    Adobe Rush Shows How to Edit YouTube Video


    Titles allows you to add a title to any video clip, as well as change the size, color and font of the title. Premiere Rush also offers title templates and motion graphics to give your presentation a truly custom appearance.

    Transitions allows you to drag one of the preset transition tiles between two clips, giving you a clean, fluid transition.

    Color presets allows you to change the appearance of any video clip. It’s like using filters for your video, and you can adjust the intensity of the presets, too.

    Audio allows you to adjust the overall volume of the video, as well as reduce the volume of your music track when you have a voiceover in your video timeline.

    Transform allows you to adjust the position, rotation, and scale of your video clips. This is also where you can resize or crop any of your video clips.

  4. Select the YouTube share button.
    Finally, it’s time to share your video on YouTube. Premiere Rush has all your social platforms and formats set up for you, so there’s no need to save different files for each platform.

    Simply select YouTube from the list, then select a Playlist, add your title and description, as well as tags and a thumbnail.

    Voila! Now that you know how to edit videos for your YouTube page, you can explore different ways to use video for school projects, extracurricular clubs, or your own personal hobbies.

    How to Edit Format of YouTube Video in Adobe Rush

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Read more about Adobe Rush editing tips or watch the video below.