Yesterday, 9/16/2017, I uploaded a short video and used YouTube’s video editor to chop off the first few seconds of the front of the video and the last few seconds of the end, like I’ve done a hundred times in the past. Today was different.
Google made the announcement in early summer that it would be discontinuing its widely liked video editor (as of September 20, 2017) citing “lack of use” as the reason. It looks like, at least for my YouTube account, the removal of the video editing tool process has already begun.
We all know their reported reason is untrue. With Google, every decision is about money. Maybe peoples’ use of the video editor—particularly editing the same video file multiple times—, therefore costing Google unusually high amounts of bandwidth for rendering and re-rendering, was the more dominant force backing this decision.
Whatever the reason, it doesn’t make sense whining thinking Google will change their cost-cutting decision because we video ninjas cause a ruckus. It’s just another age-old story of another software company that upgrades its software while removing features we loved.
Instead, I want to provide one simple solution especially for Here Next Year Live Video Primer attendees who have followed our usual suggestion over the past year to use YouTube’s easy online editor.
Time to Use Your Phone Even More
Most of our Live Video Primer event attendees use their phones for Live Video and video they record. Many have an iPhone but not a MAC. So, transferring an iPhone video to a PC and edit the file is difficult, if not impossible. YouTube was convenient for pushing the video up to a free place that could be easily edited.
Finding myself suddenly in this MAC/PC incompatibility mix, Google’s removal of their video editing feature has forced me to use my phone for the basic editing function. Of course, the basic editing function has been on my phone all along. I didn’t have to buy anything or download an app to allow for this basic cut function.
And, wouldn’t you know…cutting off the front and back end of a video is actually easier on the phone than it was even in YouTube! I always thought editing a video on my phone would be too difficult to slide a slider to the perfect spot where I wanted the cut to be. But, at least in the iPhone world, the phone’s touch screen is so well developed, that I can move to the perfect spot in the video where I want the cut to be and chop it.
The moral of the story: “You might hate it now, but wait till ya drive it!” Yes, couldn’t resist adding the quote from the Chevy Chase movie, Vacation. All kidding aside, the initial shock of Google removing its video editor will take a bit of grief to get over. But, maybe there is a bright side in that the alternative you find will be even easier and faster for you.