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How to Combine Videos on YouTube using Three Tried and Tested Apps

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Video creation often requires working with multiple files. Whether they are newly filmed or collated from published works, creating something new means merging multiple video files.

If you publish videos on YouTube, it makes sense to wonder if it is possible to combine videos into a single video using the in-app editor. The short answer is you can’t.

This blog will explain why you cannot combine videos on YouTube using YTs editor and how you can combine videos on Youtube with the help of three free and useful apps.

Can you Combine YouTube Videos?

Early YouTubers will remember when they could perform a myriad of advanced video editing using the YouTube Editor. It was possible to do a number of things, including trimming, splitting, adding transition effects, and combining multiple clips.

That is until September 2017, when YouTube stripped the editor of most of its features. Now all you can do is trim, add music, and blurs—no more video merging.

Of course, one can always create a video playlist with multiple videos segueing into each other. But it is not the same, especially if you are looking to create a cohesive narrative or something uniquely yours.

That leaves YouTubers with third-party video editing software, and there are plenty to choose from, web-based and desktop-based. 

Below, we discuss three of them, Keevi, iMovie, and Windows Video Editor.

How to Combine Videos on YouTube with Keevi

Keevi Video Editor is a web-based video editing tool that supports video merging, among various other capabilities. It allows the merging of many videos without downloading them first, thanks to its URL import feature.

It lets you import videos using only their link address. It is helpful to all kinds of YouTube creators, especially those who specialize in reacting to other YouTube content.

Once the video import is complete, users can deploy Keevi’s customization features like texts, stickers, auto-subtitles, voice recording to personalize the video.

It's not just videos either. You can combine pictures with videos using this tool and create something uniquely creative.

Most importantly, it is effortless to use with an intuitive interface. You don’t have to be a video editing expert to create high-quality videos with this tool.

To combine videos on YouTube with Keevi Video Editor, follow these steps.

STEP 1 - Import the Video

Click on this link to launch the editor.

It will open the Add Video interface for you to upload the first video. The pop-up window shows the option of pasting a YouTube URL link or importing manually from your device.

There is also an option of importing stock videos, accessible by clicking the Stock Videos tab.

STEP 2 - Import the Additional Videos

Once the first video is in the editor, upload the second one by clicking the ‘Add Media’ tab at the top of the editor interface.

Selecting the tab will open a set of options that include -

  • Add Video - to upload another video
  • Add Image - to upload an image
  • Add Audio - to add or launch the voice recorder

Selecting either of them will open a similar pop-up window seen during the first video upload. Complete the process to add the second video.

When you finish, the editor should look like this. Repeat this process to add as many videos as you want to combine.

STEP 3 - Edit the Videos

Once you have all the videos in the editor, it is time to shape them into something cool. 

Sure, you can just arrange their placements in the timeline and call it a day, but there is more to combining videos than simply putting them in one file.

One of the things you can do is remove the unnecessary sections to create a more unified flow. Use the split button to separate and cut unwanted sections, as shown below.

You can also trim the clip by dragging the element’s handlebars from left to right or right to left as necessary.

Keevi Video Editor also supports other editing actions like changing the clip’s aspect ratio. Just go to the Settings tab and select your preferred dimension by clicking the Select Format drop-down button.

As for personalization features, you can add -

  • Static and animated texts
  • Emojis and GIFs
  • Generate auto subtitles or add one manually

Just click the relevant tab to open the controls for each feature, as seen above.

STEP 4 - Export the Video

Freely use the playback button in the main window to check how your merged video looks. Double-check the placements are in order, and the customization features are in all the right places.

When you are satisfied, click the Export button at the upper right corner of the editor to render the edited video.

Clicking Export will launch the rendering process. Once it is complete, download the video to your device or share it directly to any social media platform.

That is how to combine videos on YouTube using Keevi Video Editor.

How to Merge YouTube Videos with iMovie

If you use an iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer, you are probably familiar with iMovie. It is Apple’s native video editing tool. Among its many features is the ability to merge YouTube videos.

iMovie’s editing process is nothing fancy, but it gets the job done if you are not looking for something advanced.

The main caveat is, if the video you want to merge with is online, you first have to download it, especially if they are YouTube videos.

Thankfully, there are plenty of YouTube downloader tools online. YT1s is particularly efficient in this regard.

Once you have all the videos on your device, follow these steps to merge them.

STEP 1 - Create a New Project and Import the Videos

iMovie should be on your Apple phone, tablet or computer. However, if for some reason it is not, download and install from the App Store.

Once the app is ready, open it and click the + button to start a new project.

 

You should see two options, Movie and Trailer. Select Movie.

This will open the media gallery where you can select the videos you want to combine. Make sure you select the videos in the order you want them to appear in the final video.

When you finish, click Create Movie.

STEP 2 - Edit the Clips

With all videos in the timeline, all that is left is editing to make it audience-ready. Using each tool as necessary, you can do several things, including -

  1. Adding transition effects to determine how each video merges with the next
  2. Use the trim and cut functions to remove unnecessary sections, etc

STEP 3 - Save and Share the Video

When you finish editing, tap Done at the top left corner of the screen.

Then tap the Share action button at the bottom of the screen to choose what you want to do with the merged video.

You can save it to your device or share it online via email, messaging apps, and social media.

Combining YouTube Videos with Windows Video Editor

It is not just Apple users who have native software to edit videos. Windows desktop users can also combine two or more YouTube videos with Microsoft’s Windows Video Editor.

The editor is free, easy to use, and has just enough features to be a default video editor if you plan on keeping your creations simple. This includes video merging.

However, just like iMovie, you can’t import a video directly into the editor with a link. You must first download it to your device. Also, you must be using Windows 10.

Once you have satisfied these requirements, here are the quick steps for combining videos with the editor.

STEP 1 - Launch the App

Windows Video Editor is not exactly the most visible app on Windows 10. However, you can find it through the Start Menu by searching for ‘video editor.’

Click the thumbnail in the search result or ‘Open’ in the detail panel to launch the app.

STEP 2 - Create a New Project and Import the Videos

Once the app is up and running, the next thing you have to do is create a new video project. 

Do this by clicking New Video Project. Then name the project to keep proper track of your work.

Next, import the videos by clicking the arrow beside the preview window to open the Project Library. 

Then click ‘Add’ to select the clips from the folder, as shown below.

You can add as many clips as you want in one go.

Also, while it is advisable to select the videos in the order of appearance, it is not necessary. In Windows Video Editor, you can arrange the order of the clips in the timeline.

Also, you can access stock photos here to merge with the video to give the final video some extra edge.

STEP 3 - Edit the Videos

With all the relevant clips in the timeline, use Windows Video Editor’s features to customize and improve the production value of the final video.

Its features include - 

  1. Background Music and Custom Audio
  2. 3D Effects, Playback Speed Adjustment, Filters
  3. Title Cards and Contextual Text, and more

Additionally, you can trim, split, and cut parts of each clip to create a more cohesive narrative.

All these editing features are accessible by selecting each clip in the Storyboard panel and clicking the action button you want.

After each edit, use the playback buttons in the preview section of the editor to get a look at the final video. Then make and undo changes as necessary.

STEP 4 - Export the Video

Select Finish Video at the top right corner of the editor when you are satisfied with the final look of the video.


This will open a pop-up window to select the output quality. It is advisable to choose the highest possible quality for optimal results.

Next, select Export and choose where you want the exported file saved.

That is how you combine videos with Windows Video Editor.

As you can see, iMovie and Windows Video Editor have their uses, especially if you are a video editing newbie or want something simple.

Unfortunately, they are not flawless. Having to download every online video you want to merge makes the editing process longer, more tedious, and consumes extra storage space.

What is the fastest way to combine videos?

Compared to the other tools, Keevi offers the fastest and most efficient way to combine videos. Its automatic URL import feature allows you to import as many online videos as you want with a link. It saves time. 

What’s more, it is entirely web-based and easy to use. Users don’t have to download or have prior video editing knowledge to use it. First-timers can launch the editor and create excellent videos within minutes, thanks to its intuitive design and stock videos that save you time on research.

What Video Format Should You Export to?

There are multiple video formats, each one with its best uses. If you intend to publish the combined video online, you should choose the ideal format for the intended platform. 

Different platforms have different acceptable formats. It is worth noting, though, that you can’t go wrong with the good old-fashioned MP4 file format.

If you intend to publish the combined videos on YouTube, the platform accepts a wide range of formats. They include MOV, MPEG, MP4, MPG, AVI, WMV, AVI, WMV, FLV, 3GP, WebM. The platform also accepts HEVC, CineForm, and ProRes files.

If you have exported in a file format different from these, check out this link on converting it to any of the acceptable formats.

Conclusion

Combining videos on YouTube is no longer possible. However, there are plenty of third-party video editing apps you can use to solve this problem. Unfortunately, not all of them are user friendly and require prior video editing knowledge. 

Windows Video Editor, iMovie, and Keevi do not. 

You may struggle to create a perfectly merged video at first. But you should remember that no one makes a perfect video the first time.

Furthermore, the more you use these three apps, the more familiar you will be with their capabilities, and your creativity will begin to shine through. 

For further learning, feel free to use our learning resources to learn more about video creation and how to perfect your video editing skills.

Hammad Akbar
Hammad Akbar
September 12, 2021