YouTube Shorts now available in the UAE

YouTube has rolled out the beta version of YouTube Shorts, its new short-form video experience to create short, catchy videos from mobile phones in the UAE.

YouTube Shorts was first announced in September 2020, YouTube has since extended Shorts to 26 countries and will now be accessible across more than 100 countries – including countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Global Product Manager for YouTube Shorts, Todd Sherman, said, “We want to make it easy and fun to create Shorts. As we continue to build Shorts alongside our creators and artists, we’ll be adding more features for users to try.”

On the other hand, the Director of YouTube for the Middle East and North Africa, Tarek Amin, added, “Through their videos and live streams, Arabic speaking YouTube creators broke world records, raised millions for humanitarian causes, and created powerful communities around their content. YouTube Shorts will be another tool for them to continue telling their stories and expressing their creativity.”

While short-form videos were already viewable on the platform, people around the world will have the opportunity to use Shorts’ creation tools which include a multi-segment camera to string multiple video clips together, the ability to record with music, control speed settings, and more.

YouTube will offer a new set of features to the existing ones such as adding text to specific points in the video; automatically adding captions; recording up to 60 seconds with the Shorts camera; adding clips from your phone’s gallery to your recordings made with the Shorts camera, and adding basic filters to colour correct your Shorts. More effects are expected to be released in the future.

YouTube Shorts player has surpassed 6.5bn daily views globally.

Source: BroadcastPro ME