YouTube Shorts Adds Support for Making Other Videos Into Green-Screen Backgrounds YouTube added that Shorts, its TikTok rival, are getting more than 30 billion views daily.

What’s up

YouTube is adding a feature to Shorts (its TikTok competitor) that allows creators to turn another person’s clip into their own green-screen-style background.

Why it matters

YouTube is chasing the TikTok sensation, and the ability to remix other videos as green screen backgrounds is a popular TikTok feature that YouTube is catching up on.

YouTube said it’s adding the ability for people who create shorts — the fast-paced, vertical, looping videos that compete with TikTok — to borrow clips from other videos as green-screen-style backgrounds.

YouTube also said on Wednesday that shorts are getting a total of more than 30 billion daily views, four times the number a year ago. For comparison, this time last year, shorts had launched two months earlier in the US and two dozen other countries; Previously, it only operated in India.

YouTube is the world’s largest online video source with more than 2 billion monthly users. With shorts, Google’s giant video site is trying to capitalize on the sensation tick tockthe social video app from the Chinese company Bytedance.

With Green Screen, short film creators can use any legal YouTube video or other short film as a background for their own original short videos. The rented clip can contain audio and video or just muted video. Green screen will be rolled out in the YouTube app for iPhones and iPads on Wednesday, a process that will take several weeks. Android device users will receive the feature in the coming months, the company said.

Green Screen already allowed creators to create a background from any photo or video in the creator’s own gallery.

Traditional YouTube creators who don’t want their videos remixed can opt out via what’s known as YouTube Studio, an account portal. And videos with a copyright claim cannot be used as green screen backgrounds either.

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