Share clips

Select and share a small portion (clip) of a video or live stream with others by clipping it. Clips can be shared on social channels or via direct communications (for example, email or text).

Note: Clipping videos is turned on by default. Learn how to turn it off.

YouTube Clips

Create and share a clip

Clips are between 5-60 seconds long and are played on a loop from the original video’s watch page.

  1. Sign in to YouTube. You need to be signed in to create a clip.
  2. Start watching a video.
  3. Under the video, click the Clip . If you don't see this, the video isn't eligible for clips. 
  4. A create clip box will show up.
  5. Select the section of the video you’d like to clip. You can increase (maximum of 60 seconds) or decrease (minimum of 5 seconds) the length of your selection by dragging the slider.
  6. Give the clip a title (max 140 characters).
  7. Click SHARE CLIP.
  8. Choose an option for sharing the clip:
    • Social networks: Click a social network icon (for example, Facebook or Twitter) to share the video there.
    • Embed: Click the Embed button to generate a code you can use to embed the video in a website.
    • Email: Choose the email icon to send an email using the default email software on your computer.
    • Copy the link: Click the COPY button to copy a link to the video that you can paste somewhere else, like in an email message.

Don’t allow viewers to clip your content

Creators can prevent others from making and sharing clips of their videos on YouTube. Here’s how:

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Go to
  3. From the left, click Settings.
  4. Click Channel
  5. Click Advanced Settings, and under “Clips,” uncheck Allow viewers to clip my content.

Block someone from creating clips

You can block someone from creating clips of your video or live stream by adding them to your channel’s “Hidden users” list.

Block words from descriptions of clips

Add words to your blocked words lists to prevent them from showing up in clips of your videos and live streams.

Clips that contain these words won’t be created and cannot be shared.

Learn more about Clips 

I don't see how to create Clips on YouTube.

To make clips from a video or live stream on YouTube, you must:

  • Be signed in.
  • Create a clip from an eligible and opted-in channel. A channel may also turn off clip creation on their content.

Clips can’t be made from: 

  • Videos shorter than 2 minutes
  • Videos made for kids
  • Live streams without DVR
  • Live streams over 8 hours long 
  • Premieres while they’re still live

Why are the Clips I created no longer available?

If the original video is deleted or set to private, the Clips will be unavailable. If the video is set to unlisted, the Clips will still be available.

If the original video violates our Community Guidelines, Clips created from that video will be removed.

I created a clip from a live stream that's not working.

Clips will show up after the live stream has finished and is uploaded as a video. You can’t create Clips from live streams without DVR or live streams over 8 hours long.

Why are there ads on the clip I created?

Ads are eligible to show up on Clips as long as the original video has ads.


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