Long-form content may have reigned superior on YouTube for the past decade, but there’s a new video form in town: the YouTube Short. Ranging from 15 seconds to a minute long, these quick videos offer an easier, low-effort way to hop on the short-form bandwagon.
Here’s how you can get started:
How to Create YouTube Shorts
You don’t need fancy tools to create a YouTube Short; in fact, you can create it all in the YouTube app on your phone.
Here’s a step-by-step of how to record and upload your first Short:
- In the YouTube app, tap the plus sign button at the bottom center to start.
- Select the “Create a Short” option within the popup.
- YouTube Shorts will automatically default to 15 seconds for the video length. To add more time, tap on the number “15” above the record button to add more time.
- Once ready, hit the record button to start filming. Tapping the record button a second time will stop the recording.
- Press “done” to move on to the editing process, where you can add music, text, and filters to your video.
- The next step allows you to toggle with the share settings and add a title. YouTube recommends using #shorts as a hashtag to ensure that the video is promoted and recommended along with other Shorts videos.
- Lastly, press “Upload,” and you’re on your way!
YouTube Short Fund
Although creating content for the fun of it can be super rewarding, there are ways to get paid to do what you love. While there isn’t a way to monetize shorts through advertisements yet, YouTube has created the YouTube Short Fund to help support its creators. Each month, YouTube reaches out to creators who qualify for the bonus by meeting these standards:
- Upload at least one eligible Short within the past 180 days
- Abide by YouTube community guidelines, copyright rules, and policies
- Upload original content
- Must be at least 13 years old, and if between 13-18 years old, must have a parent or guardian to accept terms and finish setting up an Adsense account
- Must reside in an eligible country
Starting in early 2023, however, YouTube Shorts will be able to join the Partner Program, allowing creators to earn revenue from ads. You need at least 10 million views within the past 90 days to join this program, but with enough practice and time, you’ll be able to build up an audience.
Now that you have all the tools you need to create your first YouTube Short, don’t forget to have fun!