Google introduces basic video editing on YouTube
Perhaps to stem the tide competing cloud based video editors, Google has launched there own online YouTube video editor. From my initial impression of the service, it seems to be usable as a quick and dirty editor but it’s no substitute for even the most basic locally run editor.
You can select from a library of video clips you’ve uploaded yourself but not from anyone else, and you can select from a library of music YouTube provides but you cannot upload your own sound tracks. The online editor shows you a quick and dirty low resolution preview while editing and it doesn’t even bother showing the correct aspect ratios (widescreen content is shown in 4:3). But the final output is in the correct aspect ratio and the video quality can be as good as the unedited clip leading me to believe that Google stores your original source material in case they need to re-edit or show in a higher quality in the future.
You can bypass all of these online limitations by editing content locally using free applications and then uploading the final product to YouTube at 6 to 10 Mbps for HD content. Free applications like Avidemux, MKVMerge, HandBrake, MediaCoder, and WAX 2.0 are absolutely essential for me. Once uploaded, YouTube re-compresses your content to 3.5, 2, 0.6, and 0.3 Mbps for 1080P, 720P, 480P, and 360P.
Use of the editor should be kept to a minimum because it makes little sense to upload more content than absolutely necessary only to trim it later because upload times are the slowest part of the process. If a video is already uploaded and you want to trim it or merge parts of it with other videos, then the tool makes good sense.