Improve videos with Enhancements

You can make tweaks and add effects to your videos directly on YouTube or when you upload a video using Enhancement features.

If you have over 100,000 views, you can't save any changes to your videos. ​Instead, you can create a new video (with a new video URL) with the edits using the Save as new video option. You can still save changes to videos with the Blur Faces or Custom Blurring features, even on videos with over 100,000 views.

Steps to make Enhancements on your computer

If you're on your computer, you don't need to re-upload a video to make enhancements. You can make changes to uploaded videos (the video's URL, view count, and comments will stay the same).

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  1. Go to your channel's Video Manager. Get there by clicking your icon in the top right > Creator Studio. On the left, click Video Manager.
  2. For the video you want to edit, click Edit > Enhancements.
  3. Make your changes using the features available on desktop listed below.
  4. Click Save. If you want to create a new video with these enhancements (and keep the original video unchanged), click Save as new video.
Note: You can use the enhancements features to make changes to existing videos, but you can't use it to replace an existing upload with an entirely new video file.

Enhancements available on a computer

If you're on a computer, here are the enhancement features you can use. You can make these changes to any uploaded video without changing the video's URL, view count, or comments.

Auto-fix lighting & color

Click the Quick fixes tab > Auto-fix for a one-click improvement on the video's lighting and color.

You can also make manual adjustments to Fill Light, Contrast, Saturation, and Color Temperature using the sliders below the Auto-fix button.

Stabilize shaky camera motions

Click the Quick fixes tab > Stabilize to get rid of shaky camera motions.

Apply slow motion

Click the numbers under Quick fixes tab > Slow Motion to change the speed at which your video plays. You can choose from half speed, quarter speed, or eighth speed.

Apply time lapse

Click the numbers under Quick fixes tab > Time lapse to change the speed at which your video plays.

Trim out parts of your video

You can trim out content from the beginning, middle, or end of your video: 

  1. Click the Quick fixes tab > Trim.
  2. Use the blue bars to trim out the part you no longer want. The trimmed parts will turn grey. 
    • Trim the beginning or end: Just move the blue sliders left and right to remove those parts of the video.
    • Trim out the middle: Go to the first frame you want to cut from and click Split. Click to the right of the part where you split, then drag the left blue bar to the part where you want to stop trimming. 
  3. Click Done

You can click Clear at any time to cancel your changes. 

Rotate the view

Click the arrows under the Quick fixes tab to rotate your video to the right or left.

Apply filters

Click the Filters tab to select color filters for your video.

Custom blurring

Click the Blurring effects tab > Custom blurring > Edit to blur objects or people as they move in your video.

Click and drag a box over whatever you want to blur. The tool will automatically blur the object as it moves. You can also:

  • Move the blurred box to a different place: Click and drag within the box.
  • Resize the blurred area: Click and drag any corner of the box to blur a bigger or smaller area.
  • Change when the blurring happens: Click and drag the ends of the timeline to set when the blurring begins and ends.
  • Prevent the blurred area from moving at all: Click "Lock" in the timeline to make sure the blurred area always stays in the same place.
  • Blur multiple areas: Click and drag new boxes over the parts you want to blur. 
Blur faces
  1. Click Blurring effects tab > Blur faces > Edit. You can use YouTube normally while we process your video.
  2. Once processing is complete, you’ll see thumbnails for each of the faces that the tool detected.
  3. Click the thumbnail(s) of the faces you’d like to blur.
  4. You can Save your changes in the existing video or to Save as new video.
Tip: Preview your changes in the video player by dragging the line in the middle to see a side-by-side comparison. If you don't like the changes and want to go back, click Revert to original.

Troubleshoot saving enhancements

To save changes, make sure your video meets the following criteria:

  • View count: Video hasn't received over 100,000 views (this doesn't apply to the Blur Faces enhancement)
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