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If you’re working on a long editing project directly on YouTube, you now have a deadline. The Google-owned video platform announced on Friday it will shut down its built-in Video Editor feature on Sept. 20.
The toolkit has been around since 2010, but has fallen on hard times. One of Google’s community managers wrote in the YouTube Help Forum that the axing comes as a result of limited usage of these features. As few as 0.1 percent of all creators use the built-in video editing tools, a YouTube spokesperson told us, so describing its popularity as “limited usage” is a bit generous. YouTube’s photo slideshow creation tool will also bite the dust on the same date.
The site’s Enhancements feature will stick around in the Video Manager, so users will still be able to tweak their uploads with blur effects, filters, and trimming directly on the page. The YouTube team is essentially throwing in the towel on the on-site editing could lead to some new features for its community, with less time focused on the upkeep of a toolkit with a tiny user base. YouTube’s decision is making us worry about the fate of its Capture app, which hasn’t been updated since 2013 but still ranks fairly high in terms of usage.