YouTube Shorts Finally Arrives In Singapore
Updated: Aug 21, 2021
Even though we could already watch Shorts in the YouTube app on our mobile devices here in Singapore, we hadn’t been able to use the Shorts’ creation tools. Well, that’s all changed now.
Starting today, YouTubers in Singapore will be able to access the Shorts’ creation tools to string multiple video clips together, the ability to record with music, control speed settings, and more.
Additionally, there are new features that will launch with this expansion, including the ability to add text to specific points in a video, automatically add captions to a Short, record up to 60 seconds with the Shorts camera, add clips from a phone’s gallery to add to recordings made with the Shorts camera and add basic filters to colour correct your Shorts. YouTube promises that more effects and features will be coming in the future as well.
Another new feature is the ability to sample music not only from other Shorts but from all videos across YouTube. Creators of long-form videos will be able to opt out if they don’t want their videos to be remixed.
Right now, there’s only a row for Shorts on the YouTube mobile app homepage, but YouTube is looking to introduce a dedicated Shorts tab to the app soon so that people can watch Shorts with just one tap.
Of course, Shorts is a great platform for creators to monetise and YouTube is clearly aware of that, having announced the YouTube Shorts Fund earlier in 2021, which will pay out US$100 million over 2021 to 2022. Creators whose Shorts receive the most engagement and viewers will be rewarded from the fund, and the Shorts Fund will be open to every creator on YouTube, not just creators in the YouTube Partner Program.
“We want to make it easy and fun to create Shorts,” said Todd Sherman, Global Product Manager for YouTube Shorts. “As we continue to build Shorts alongside our creators and artists, we’ll be adding more features for users to try,” he added.
Written by Cheryl Tan