YouTube Might Be Your Kid’s Next TikTok

The young generation has been spending a lot of time on TikTok watching short videos, and the app has gained popularity over the past few years. However, YouTube is bringing features that would enable you to create short videos with your favorite music on the background, just like in TikTok. YouTube has announced the launch of YouTube Shorts, which is a creation of short videos, just like in TikTok. This app will only be available in India for the next few weeks before branching out to other countries. They have incorporated new creator tools such as a multi-segment camera, speed controls, a timer, and a countdown. These features are already found within the TikTok app.

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YouTube has also announced that it has compiled a music library from various artists, and the video creator can choose a background song from the list for their videos. They will also be increasing the song lists with time. With the multi-segment camera, users will be able to string together different video clips into one short video.

YouTube shorts come with more controls that enable the user to be creative with their video content instead of just pressing the record button. These features are common with TikTok, and Instagram included them in their recently launched app Reels.

According to YouTube’s blog post, YouTube shorts will only work on Android but will include iOS later. India, which banned the Chinese app TikTok would be the first country to access YouTube shorts. After piloting the app in India for some weeks, YouTube shorts will then expand to other countries. Just like in TikTok, YouTube shorts would allow its users to swipe through the videos vertically to watch the next video. It has already included a new row on its homepage that will allow the users to watch short videos. Apart from the short videos, users will also listen to thousands of music tracks from various artists.

TikTok’s operations deadline in the US is almost ending, and Oracle won its bid to become TikTok’s US technology partner. With the potential exit of TikTok from the US, apps such as Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube are trying to take advantage of having short video features like those in TikTok on their platforms.

If you have the shorts camera, then you can create your video content by pressing at the plus (+) icons, then you choose video. If ‘create a short video’ appears, then it means that the shorts camera is present. Soon kids would be enjoying the short videos from YouTube just as they have been doing on TikTok.

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