Editing Videos Online with the Youtube Video Editor

While the Youtube video editor isn’t a powerhouse program like iMovie or Final Cut, it can serve a purpose for many schools out there. Reasons why I like it:

  1. It’s free.
  2. Students can work at school (if Youtube isn’t blocked) or from home if they have an internet connection.
  3. The Youtube Editor is easy to use so it’s a great program for schools who want to break into video and don’t know where to start. Students will pick it up quickly.
  4. Videos are stored on Youtube so they won’t take up precious server space at school.
  5. If you don’t know what you’re doing it makes a lot more sense to start here (or with iMovie or Moviemaker) and take baby steps rather than jumping both feet in and throwing money at Final Cut or some other similar program. When my staffs want to do something, I start them on a free version of whatever it is and then ‘invest’ in more robust paid versions when I see they are serious about the idea and going to stick with it more than three weeks.
  6. Students at your school like videos. Get some on your site. This is a pretty painless way to do just that.

If you haven’t taken a look at the Youtube Editor, check out this Complete Guide to Editing Videos with the Youtube Video Editor. Maybe it will be worth a look and get you and your staff posting video to your online news site.

Get posting video today. Don’t worry about it being the best or award-winning to start. My philosophy is some video is better than no video. Build each week on what you did the previous week. While growth may happen a bit more slowly than you’d like, it will happen.

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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