YouTube on Thursday reported that its Video Editor and Photo slideshows tools are being retired on September 20. Not all editing features are being expelled however – makers will still be able to use the Enhancements like trimming, blurring, and filters. The organization cites to limited usage of the two features as the purpose behind the stopping.
Making the declaration on a Google Product Forum page, Marissa, a community manager, stated, “We’ve seen limited usage of these features, so we’re retiring them to focus our efforts on building new tools and improving on other existing features.”
Those YouTube creators that still have projects in the Video Editor or Photo slideshow section will need to finalise them September 20, or they will lose the tasks. Those recordings already published with Video Editor or Photos slideshows will be unaffected. Those that want to download their recordings from the Video Editor will be able to do as such in 720p resolution, or, they can use Google Takeout to get them in original quality.
As we specified, not all editing is disappearing from the YouTube platform – a boon for amateur users or those that need to make minor changes without re-uploading a whole video again. Makers will be able to continue to utilise the Enhancements feature, which can be found in the Video Manager section. Enhancements allow for edits like trimming, blurring, and filters.
Google is pointing to the innumerable free and third-party editing devices that creators can utilise in place of its Video Editor and Photos slideshow highlights. It is pointing to the Creator Community and Creator Hub for more information.