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YouTube plus Picnik equals ridiculously simple video editing

YouTube editing for existing and new videos

YouTube has launched onsite video editing allowing users to edit uploaded YouTube videos while keeping the same URL so videos don’t lose view counts, simply click “Edit Video” on your video’s page. The editing tools are not as sophisticated enough to replace a real estate videographer’s editing suite, rather is meant for simple fixes, mostly by amateurs.

YouTube Software Engineer John Gregg notes the new options for editing:

  1. Stabilize hand-held footage
  2. Rotate videos
  3. Boost colors and contrast
  4. “I’m Feeling Lucky” auto-correct

As a result of their partnership with Picnik, YouTube offers new aesthetic effects just as offered for their photo editing tool:

  1. Black & white
  2. Lomoish
  3. Cartoon
  4. Cross Process
  5. Thermal and more…

Using new editing tools in business

Videos about brokerages, teams, listings and subdivisions currently in a brokerage’s YouTube library now have an excuse to be “relaunched” on the company blog or newsletter with some simple edits for correction or even for fun. This could be the answer for the agent with a zero dollar budget with no tech savvy- the editing tools are super basic and if someone has enough technical ability to upload a YouTube video, their skills are high enough to use the editing tools.

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. David Pylyp

    September 15, 2011 at 11:35 am

    You are absolutely accurate! Addition video and editing massage is required to get some smooth results. After purchasing a number of programs I was limited and required a hardware upgrade, Took another PC. Than added another layer with Camtasia, It was suggested I add Adobe Video Pro!
    The conclusion? Picked up an iMAC with preloaded iMovie with out anything else to buy or add. The video is more precise in editing and the rendering times are half if not more. External Microphone capability and a camera upgrade brought me to this style of video with pre-made insert-able bumpers

    David Pylyp
    Help yourself to any video topic or idea

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