YouTube’s New Feature: Transforming Horizontal Videos into Shorts


YouTube has announced a range of new features for its Shorts platform, aimed at encouraging creativity and user engagement. The new features include:

  • A recomposition tool that allows users to convert horizontal videos into vertical ones.
  • A Collab tool that enables creators to produce Shorts using a side-by-side format, combining their content with another vertical or regular video.
  • A Q&A sticker that allows creators to engage with their audience by posing questions and receiving responses directly in the comments section.
  • A move towards a “mobile-first vertical live experience,” with previews of vertical live videos slated to be featured in the Shorts feed.

The new features are currently being rolled out for iOS and will be made available for Android users soon. YouTube Shorts are currently watched by over 2 billion logged-in users every month, so these new features are likely to be well-received by creators and viewers alike.

Here are some additional details that you may want to include in your news article:

  • The recomposition tool will use layout adjustment, zooming, and cropping to help users transition their content into Shorts format.
  • The Collab tool will provide creators with several layout options for a split-screen format.
  • The Q&A sticker will allow creators to ask questions and receive responses directly in the comments section.
  • The vertical live experience will allow viewers to tap into a scrollable feed of other live videos.