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How To Edit Youtube Videos In Simple Steps

Liza Brown
Liza Brown
Originally published Jun 20, 22, updated Jun 12, 24
How to Edit YouTube Videos in Simple Steps

An easy yet powerful editor

Numerous effects to choose from

Detailed tutorials provided by the official channel

Part 1 How to Edit Your YouTube Videos for Beginners?

There are a lot of tools for beginners from which they can edit their videos on a budget. Here some of them:

01YouTube Creator Studio

Price: Free

Great For: Quick and basic video edits

YouTube has its own web based video editor which is free of cost. YouTube creator studio is a basic editing tool which allows you to trim the clips from any part of the video. You can also blur the objects and faces if you want. There are several other features that will help you to make your video attractive and engaging.

If you have uploaded a video on YouTube then also, YouTube creator studio allows you to edit the video without losing your video ID and video URL. You can also "Add an End Screen" to your video to give your viewers an option to subscribe your channel.


Create (ability to edit and post your content)

Activity Insight (you can check your performance metrics)

Monetization Management


There are no cons as such.

YouTube Creator Studio


Price: Free

Great For: making movies from videos and photos.

If you shoot a video on an iPhone or iPad then Videorama is the best tool to edit your video. You can choose video clips and photos from your gallery and put them together. In this, you can create overlays, add music, filters, add text and can also record a voice – over. Click on the "OK, Share" after you are done with editing, choose the preferred resolution and frame rate. Now your video is ready to post on your YouTube channel.


Easy to use

Great range of SFX and VFX

Text Effects and Filters are good


Lack some basic editing features

IAP’s can get expensive

More diverse effects would be nice.



Price: Free

Good For: Used for editing videos and audios for free

Shotcut is a multimedia editing tool and if you are a beginner in video or audio editing this tool is quite the deal for you. You can create or edit the videos by using its various features and can make an engaging or captivating video. It has some tutorials to help you out. For YouTube, it is the best tool to edit your videos.

There are a lot effects and some of that which are used commonly are color grading, color tint etc. When we talk about audio editing features, Shotcut is mostly used to enhance your video with adding music to it.

For editing video you can select from multiple presents or you can set the frame rate and resolution which you want by setting it on ‘Custom’.


Free to use

Comes with tutorials

It has a simple interface.


Doesn’t support animation

Do not have optional plugins.

Lacks features like multicam editing and motion tracking.


03Movavi Video Editor

Price: $ 59.95

Great For: Quick and fast video editor

Movavi is a video editor tool to edit your video and share it with everyone. You can edit your videos and make them look more alluring to people by using its Key frame animations, special effects and readymade intros.

You can also change the background in your video clips easily by applying Chroma key. It has an easy and refined interface so that you can use it easily and there is nothing to learn in it before using. You can edit your videos and download it for free. There is no need of internet connection when using it. So, it is the best to use it while on the go.


Easy interface

Amazing feature and special effects

Fast and quick editor


Free trial isn’t good as it has limited features

Few templates for text templates and transitions

You have limited control over color tuning.

Movavi Video Editor

04Apple iMovie

Price: Free for Mac users / $14.99 in the Apple Play Store

Great For: Making photos and videos in a beautiful production.

Apple iMovie is a video editor is for those who want to do editing on a professional level. It is for Mac users. It is easy to use and it gives you high quality of video editing with its special effects, high fidelity filters, green screen effects, etc . It allows you to add various clips and shots and arrange them in order, add text, music, effects and your engaging video is ready.

Before starting to edit your video for YouTube or for other sites, always select the standard aspect ratio that is (4:3). If you will choose any theme for your video, iMovie will add transitions effects and add title on its own.


User friendly interface

It is quick and fast

Easy sharing


Limited editing features

Quite expensive

It requires high level of HDD space

Apple iMovie

05Videoshop – video editor

Price: Free

Great For: Easy and fast video editor

Videoshop is a third party video editing app from which you can edit your videos on your android or iPhone. Videoshop has amazing features like you can trim, cut, adjust the lightning, rotate your video, add transitions, etc. You can add music and text to make your video more engaging.

There are a lot of filters and features that you can apply to your video to make it look more captivating. Once you have completed editing the video, click on the ‘Share’ icon. It makes your video ready to upload on YouTube or other sites.


Combine clips from various videos

Fast and easy way to edit videos

Add special effects, filters and sound


Free for limited time

Requires subscription to access app’s features like watermark free

Not fit for editing batch videos

06HitFilm Express

Price: Free

Great For: Gives you professional-grade video editing

HitFilm Express is a free video editing tool which is packed with amazing features to edit your videos for any platform including YouTube. It has a lot of filters and 400+ visual effects that help to give your video a professional touch. You can add voice over to your videos as well by just clicking on a button.

You can create commercials, movies, audio songs while using this as it allows you to add music, text and image etc. you can make quality videos by using HitFilm and share it with the world.


Clean user interface

Easy to use

Perfect for YouTube creators


Sometimes crashes and freezes

Welcome screen is cluttered

Steep learning curve

HitFilm Express

Part 2 How to edit YouTube videos on phone?

Editing can enhance the look of your video and making an engaging video can attract the audience to give it a watch. There are various tools to edit your YouTube video. Some of them are listed below:

01YouTube Creator Studio

This is one of the best options to edit a new video or a video that is already uploaded. This built-in editor can easily be accessed on the phone to carry out the necessary editing. You can follow the below discussed guide for the same.

Step 1: Sign in to the YouTube’s studio (channel dashboard).

Step 2: Click on the content option given at the left sidebar.

Step 3: Click on the thumbnail of the video you want to edit from uploads.

Choose the video to be edited

Step 4: Click on the Editor given at the left sidebar.

Step 5: You can trim the beginning or the end part of the video. You can trim the video from the Trim option which is right above the timeline.

Select editor option

Step 6: Add end screen to your video

Click on the end screen icon which is given at the middle of the timeline. If you want your viewers to know that you have more related videos or you want to make them subscribe your channel then you can add an end screen to your video.

Add end screen


Editing videos on iphone was never so easy. Using the iMovie app, one can easily edit the YouTube videos for free. The app can easily be downloaded from the app store. Here is a step by step guide that you can follow to edit the video.
Step 1: Import media

Open the app to My Movie section present on main screen. Now, add the video for editing by clicking on ‘Import media’. Now, you need to drag it to the bottom timeline.

Import Media

Step 2: Trim or split the video

Now, you can trim or split the clip as per your requirement. You can do this by clicking on the spot in video that you want to split or trim. For this, click on modify and then select Split Clip, Trim to Clip Edge or Trim to Playhead.

Split or trim

Step 3: Add music and effects

You can check out the sound and music effects, background, transitions and themed titles at the top toolbar and implement them in the video. Using the icons present just above the clip, you can make color corrections, stabilize the clip, change volume, eliminate background noise, apply speed changes, etc.

Add music and effects

Step 4: Share the video

After the editing is complete, click on the Share icon present at the top right corner. Now, click on YouTube & facebook. Now, save the video to your Mac device. When the file is saved, go to YouTube Studio And upload your video.

Share the video

03Windows Photo app

To use this app, you need to have windows 10 on your system. The Windows Photo app is an effective tool to edit the videos. The editing process is very simple and can be done in a few minutes. Here is a simple guide to help you.

Step 1: Open the app

Launch the app and click on the Video Editor option. To start the editing process, click on new video project. Now, name your project to start the process.

Select new video project

Step 2: Import the video

Click on ‘Add’ and then ‘From this pc’ to add the video. You can then drag the clip to open it in storyboard. There are several options at the storyboard using which you can add text to the title etc. to do this, select Add title card option. You can add text, select style and duration. Finally click on Done.

Import the video

Step 3: Edit the video

You can find the trim, split and other editing options at the top. Using these options, you can make the desirable changes to the video. After completing the editing work, you can click on Finish video option. Now, choose the video quality (540p, 720p, 1080p) and select Export option to save the video on your computer.

Edit the video

Part 3 What do Professional You Tubers Use to Edit Videos?

Professional YouTubers use the best software for editing their videos and make them engaging and of high quality. One such software that you can also give a try is Wondershare Filmora Video Editor. The easy to use and interactive interface makes this software a top notch choice of the editors. In Filmora, you can edit your videos and audios, record the PC screen, add a voiceover to your video and also add colors in an easy way. The templates are customizable and you can edit them according to you. It has a lot of animated elements, transitions, title designs etc.

Try It Free

For Win 7 or later (64-bit)

Try It Free

For macOS 10.12 or later

Why to choose Filmora for editing YouTube videos:

Can record the PC screen

It has Pan and Zoom movements

Can edit your audios with audio mixers

Have amazing Filters, Text effects and Overlays.

Color tuning

Upload your videos directly to YouTube, Face book or Vimeo.

Can adjust the speed

Video stabilization

Part 4 YouTube Video Editing Q&A

What are the tools used for editing YouTube videos?

A. There are various tools available for editing the YouTube’s video. Some of them are listed here:

YouTube creator studio

Apple iMovie



Movavi video editor

How can you edit a YouTube video on your smart phone?

A. You can easily edit a YouTube video on your smart phone. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Log in to you YouTube account and click on the three dots at top right corner.

Step 2: Tap on the three vertical dots at the side of your video which you want to edit.

Step 3: Edit the video as you wish. You can change its description, add effects etc.

Step 4: Click on the save button after you are done editing.

How can you add music to your video?

A. Adding music to video is very simple and can be done using Movavi Video Editor. Here is a small guide that you can follow.

Download the Movavi Video Editor.

Select the audio and video in Movavi Video Editor.

Adjust the length and volume of the audio according to your video.

Save the file.

How can you add Transitions on a video editor?

A. You can add transition to your video in two ways. You can add transitions to one or two different video clips or the other is adding transition to one media file.

What are the steps for editing a video?

A. A simple but highly effective way to edit a video is make a plan, film the video, add the media, arrange the media, edit the video, trim the video, add transitions, add title, add effects, and merge the Audio. Now, give a final touch to your video and the project is ready.

Ending Thoughts

Editing videos on a budget is now easy as there are several software like Movavi Video Editor, Videorama, Apple iMovie, Shotcut tools that help you do it with ease.

You can also edit your YouTube videos on your smart phones as it is quite simple and also you can use these tools to edit the video professionally.

Filmora is the best tool from which you can edit your YouTube videos and can upload them directly on YouTube.


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