Create and manage clips

You can clip a small portion of a video or live stream and share it with others on social channels or via direct communications, like email or text. Clips are public and can be watched by anyone with access to the clip who can also watch the original video. You can find clips that you've made and clips made from your videos on the 'Your clips' library page. Video creators can manage clips made from their videos in YouTube Studio.

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

YouTube clips

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Create and share a clip

Clips are 5–60 seconds long and are played on a loop from the original video's watch page.

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Go to a video that you want to clip.
  3. Select Menu ''. and then Clip 
  4. Add a title for your clip (max 140 characters).
  5. Select the section of the video that 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. Click SHARE CLIP.
  7. Choose an option for sharing the clip:
    • Embed: You can embed the video in a website.
    • Social networks: You can share your clip to a social network like Facebook or Twitter.
    • Copy the link: You can copy a link to your clip to paste somewhere else.
    • Email: You can share your clip using the default email software on your computer.

Note: You can find clips that you've made in the clips library.

Delete a clip that you've created

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Go to the library section.
  3. Tap on 'Your clips'.
  4. Find the clip that you want to delete and select the Menu ''..
  5. Tap the 'Delete clip' option.

Note: Deleting a clip removes it from YouTube. Users with access to the clip's URL and creators who own the original video on which the clip was made will no longer have access to the clip.

Don't allow viewers to clip your content

You can prevent your audience from creating and sharing clips of your video.

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, click Settings.
  3. Select Channel and then Advanced settings.
  4. Under Clips, untick Allow viewers to clip my content.

Note: You can also add users to your channel's 'Hidden users' list to prevent them from creating clips of your videos or live streams. You can also add words to your list of blocked words to prevent them from being used in the titles of clips of your videos and live streams.

Manage clips of your videos

You can manage clips made from your videos in YouTube Studio.

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, click Content.
  3. Select a video's title or thumbnail.
  4. From the left menu, click Clips .
  5. You can view, play, share, hide and report your clips.

Manage the 'Top community clips' section

You can display top clips of your videos on your channel Home tab. These clips can be made by you or your viewers. Once added to your Home tab, clips are publicly visible and organised by popularity and how recently they were created.

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, click Customisation .
  3. Under the 'Featured sections', click Add section .
  4. Turn 'Top community clips' on or off. 
  • Tip: You can position the shelf by dragging it up and down.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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 two minutes
  • Videos that are Made for Kids
  • Live streams without DVR
  • Live streams over eight hours long
  • Premieres while they're still live
  • Videos made from news channels

Who can see the clips that I've created?

Clips are public and can be watched and shared by anyone with access to the clip who can also watch the original video. Creators who own the original video have access to all clips made from that video on their Library page and in YouTube Studio, and can watch and share clips of that video. Clips can also be seen on selected search, discovery and analytics surfaces available to viewers and creators on YouTube.

Why are the clips that I've created no longer available?

If the original video has been deleted or set to private, then clips of that video will be unavailable. If the video has been set to unlisted, then clips of that video will still be available.

If the original video violates our Community Guidelines, then 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 has been uploaded as a video. You can't create clips from live streams without DVR or live streams longer than the DVR time frame. Learn how to turn on DVR on live streams.

If a live stream lasts longer than the DVR time frame, any clips that fall outside the DVR time frame will not be playable until the live stream ends and the original video has been posted.

Can I create Shorts from clips?

Yes, you can remix a clip if the clip's source video is also eligible for remix. All remix tools available to you on a video are also available to you on any clip of that video – learn more here.

Creators who own the clip's source video can convert the entire clip into a Short – learn more here.

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