YouTube is testing a new feature on its mobile apps that will allow users to create and upload short 15-second clips similar to TikTok. The feature is currently available for limited users, and a larger rollout can be expected after the testing phase ends. The development was announced by YouTube on its support website. In April, a report hinted at the feature’s arrival, stating that the company might call it “YouTube shorts”.
In a post Alphabet-owned video platform states that the feature will allow creators to record multiple clips and upload a video directly into the YouTube mobile app. If the video is less than 15 seconds long, it can be uploaded directly to the platform after recording. However, if the user wants to upload a clip longer than 15 seconds, it needs to be uploaded from the phone gallery, the company adds.
As mentioned, this feature is currently limited to Android and iOS users to choose from, and they can check its availability by finding the ‘Create video’ option in the mobile upload flow. It is unclear whether the feature includes video tools such as filters, effects, music, and the like seen on the Tiktok app. The feature was initially reported by The Information in April.