YouTube Shorts Maker

Turn one video into several YouTube Shorts—without any video editing experience. Descript makes it easy to automatically remove word gaps and add captions to create punchy short-form vertical video content for YouTube and beyond.

How to create multiple YouTube Shorts from one video

Step 1

Import your video

Import the video you want to turn into a YouTube Short by dragging and dropping it into a new project in Descript. Descript will generate a transcript of the video for you that you can use to cut and rearrange the text to do the same in the video timeline. Click the Video Settings icon in the canvas and change the aspect ratio to ‘Portrait’ for YouTube Shorts.

Step 2

Create a new composition for each Short

Descript will resize and rearrange your layers to fit the new canvas, but you can do so manually as well. Now you can highlight a section you want to turn into a Short, right click, and select Duplicate to > New composition to pull it into a separate composition while keeping the original intact. You can also use the Find good clips AI action to find clip-worthy moments and split them out for you.

Step 3

Polish and publish directly to YouTube

In each new composition, edit and polish the YouTube Short by trimming the transcript or adding animated captions by highlighting the text and pressing CTRL/CMD+K to select captions. When you’re ready, go to Publish > YouTube to fill in the title, description, and other details. YouTube automatically recognizes videos under 60 seconds as a Short.

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YouTube Shorts Maker

YouTube Shorts Maker

Turn one video into several YouTube Shorts—without any video editing experience. Descript makes it easy to automatically remove word gaps and add captions to create punchy short-form vertical video content for YouTube and beyond.

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How to create multiple YouTube Shorts from one video
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Step 1
Import your video

Import the video you want to turn into a YouTube Short by dragging and dropping it into a new project in Descript. Descript will generate a transcript of the video for you that you can use to cut and rearrange the text to do the same in the video timeline. Click the Video Settings icon in the canvas and change the aspect ratio to ‘Portrait’ for YouTube Shorts.

Step 2
Create a new composition for each Short

Descript will resize and rearrange your layers to fit the new canvas, but you can do so manually as well. Now you can highlight a section you want to turn into a Short, right click, and select Duplicate to > New composition to pull it into a separate composition while keeping the original intact. You can also use the Find good clips AI action to find clip-worthy moments and split them out for you.

Step 3
Polish and publish directly to YouTube

In each new composition, edit and polish the YouTube Short by trimming the transcript or adding animated captions by highlighting the text and pressing CTRL/CMD+K to select captions. When you’re ready, go to Publish > YouTube to fill in the title, description, and other details. YouTube automatically recognizes videos under 60 seconds as a Short.

A better workflow to clip, edit, and publish YouTube Shorts
Create YouTube Shorts 10x faster
Features like compositions, time-saving templates, and a built-in AI assistant were designed to make repurposing video content faster, easier, and better for YouTubers and creators. Plus, Descript preserves the original video so you can edit and experiment freely to create the perfect Shorts.
Everything under one roof
Hit the ground running with an all-in-one video editing solution that handles short- and long-form YouTube videos. Content creators don’t need an external online video editor for YouTube Shorts because Descript gives you everything you need to repurpose content. Export video shorts to reuse them on TikTok, Instagram Reels, and more.
Keep their attention from start to end
Grab your audience’s attention and hold it throughout with animated text and fancy captions that highlight every word. Descript also makes it easy to remove word gaps and filler words for quick fast-paced delivery.
Questions? We have answers
What is the best AI tool to create YouTube Shorts?

Descript is a great AI tool for creating YouTube Shorts. It automatically transcribes clips and generates captions. It can also remove filler words and shorten gaps in recorded videos.

Can I publish YouTube Shorts directly to YouTube from Descript?

You can publish YouTube Shorts directly from Descript. When you’re done editing and the clip is in the right format, you just need to connect Descript to the target YouTube account and hit Publish.

How do I create YouTube Shorts from existing videos?

You can create YouTube Shorts from existing videos using Descript. The app allows you to crop and rotate the clip to set the right orientation, add captions, trim for length, and publish directly to YouTube.

What are the file upload requirements for YouTube Shorts?

To upload a video file to YouTube Shorts, it should be under 60 seconds, and the aspect ratio should be square or vertical.

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