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YouTube’s "TikTok-like" Shorts is now out in US

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YouTube users in the US can now upload and view one-minute videos in a swipe interface using its new feature called "Shorts".
YouTube’s "TikTok-like" Shorts is now out in US
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Shorts now live in the US

Looking like a clone of TikTok, the beta version of the YouTube Shorts feature is being rolled out in the US. It first launched in India in September. Many considered this a smart move since TikTok has been banned in India since June. 

Basically, the feature allows users to create and share bite-sized, one-minute videos. Also, they can like, dislike, comment on, and share a 'short'. Aside from showing on your channel, viewers may find your short-form video on the homepage Shorts shelf. They can tap into a vertical viewing experience made for short videos.

Meanwhile, YouTube also has a short-form video creation tool, the Shorts camera. Note that this is only available to users in India as of the moment. Allegedly, this makes it easy to create videos that are up to 15 seconds long with the option to capture multiple clips.

There also several creative features that users can utilize in creating a "short". They can pick from a selection of music or songs that are free to use. In addition to this, they can speed up or slow down the video recording. For hands-free recording, they can either use the "Countdown" or "Stop Point".

Google has not yet announced when this feature will roll out to every user so stay tuned for more updates.

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