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YouTube Adds Simple Video Editing Tool-

YouTube has launched a new video-editing tool that lets you edit your uploaded videos inside your web browser.

The new video editor will definitely not replace desktop software like iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker anytime soon. That said, YouTube’s editor does cover the basics like combining uploaded clips, trimming, editing and adding audio to your uploaded videos.

This isn’t the first time YouTube has experimented with in-browser editing. You may remember YouTube’s Remixer tool, which was released in 2007 as an experiment, had limited capability and was buggy to boot. It was based on Flash and other Adobe technologies.

The new editor is definitely a big step up, and it’s powered mostly by JavaScript. The interface is simple and quite easy to use. To start editing, just drag the thumbnails of your uploaded videos into the filmstrip at the bottom. Once you have your clips in the editor, you’ll notice the cursor turns to scissors. Click one of the thumbnails, and you can start trimming and editing your footage.

There’s also an option to add music to your clips, though the selection is limited and, as Google Operating System notes, some tracks will cause YouTube to display ads in your final video.

Once you’ve got your clips edited and arranged the way you want, you can watch a low-res preview and then save your changes back to your videos. The interface is quite snappy when it comes to editing, and even saving, though it takes some time for YouTube to actually process your video and make it available on the site.

While YouTube’s new editor is clearly a limited, work-in-progress effort, it’s not hard to see how Google can build on this foundation to create something that will serve the needs of most casual video editors, eliminating the need for yet another piece of desktop software.

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