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How to edit YouTube reaction videos

Updated July 28, 2022
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Want to create a YouTube reaction video? From funny dog videos and epic fails to live streams and music videos, express yourself by reacting to absolutely anything. 

Read on to explore how to edit a YouTube reaction video easily with Clipchamp’s free online video editor.

What is a YouTube reaction video?

A reaction video on YouTube is a video showing creators reacting to another video. Creators can react to just about any video, from gaming, epic fails, funny animals, before and afters, music videos, and more. 

YouTube reaction videos are commonly made in two different styles. Either edit a reaction video using a video overlay (also known as Picture-in-picture) or place two videos side-by-side on the screen (also known as split screen). Both layouts are easy to create and suitable for YouTube. YouTube reaction videos usually are between 3 to 5-minutes long, but unverified creators can upload up to 15-minutes on YouTube.

How to make a YouTube reaction video

One of the easiest ways to create a YouTube reaction video is to record yourself using Clipchamp’s online webcam recorder. The feature works entirely in your web browser, captures high-quality video and audio, and is free for up to 30-minute recordings. 

Remember, a reaction video captures your video and audio reaction while playing the video you’re reacting to out loud. There can be many sounds playing all at once, so be sure audio levels for both your reaction and the video playing are not overpowering one another. 

Step 1. Upload your video

To start editing your YouTube reaction video, upload personal footage or a video from YouTube. If you’re using a YouTube video to react to, make sure you have legally downloaded the video. Click the + button to add your media, drag and drop a video, or upload using one of Clipchamp’s integrations like OneDrive and Google Drive.

Step 2. Add your video to the timeline

Drag and drop your reaction video onto the editor timeline, or click on the green + button on the video preview.

Step 3. Locate the webcam recorder

Click on the Record & create tab on the left toolbar, then click on the camera recording button.

Step 4. Record your reaction video

Once you have clicked on the camera recording button, a pop-up access window will appear. Click on the Allow button to allow camera and microphone access. Next, click the red record button to start recording your webcam reaction video. Watch your YouTube video and react to it using your webcam. Recordings are limited to 30 minutes. After recording your video, click on the same red button to stop. 

Either click Save and edit or Retake recording. You will automatically return back to the editor. 

If you need more help, check out our help tutorial on how to record a webcam video.

Step 5. Create a picture-in-picture effect

Drag and drop your webcam recording onto the timeline above your YouTube video clip.

Click on the Layout tab, then click on the Picture-in-picture button.

Edit the layout of your reaction video by adjusting the size of the clip and its position. You can also freely move the clip around the video preview.

Step 6. Export in 1080p directly to YouTube

Once you’re finished editing, save your video by clicking on the Export button at the top right corner of the editor. Select from 480p, 720p, or 1080p video quality. We recommend selecting 1080p for all YouTube uploads. Save your video to your computer, or share it directly on YouTube with Clipchamp’s integration.

Add special effects to your YouTube reaction video

Make your YouTube reaction videos stand out from competitors by adding special effects.

Easily trim and resize video clips

If you need to trim awkward silences or unwanted sections from your reaction video, just use the trimming tool. All you have to do is drag in and out the clips green sidebars on the timeline. Using our free-hand cropping tool, resize video clips without any restrictions.

Add text, logos, and watermarks

In just a few clicks, add fun elements to your reaction video and capture the attention of your viewers even more. Choose from various text fonts, styles, captions, and colors, and add your YouTube logo or branding to the brand kit. Your logo can also become a watermark for your videos by reducing the opacity.

Change between clips with transitions

Effortlessly merge clips in your YouTube reaction video using our popular video transitions. Transitions also help to set the tone, mood, and style of your reaction video.

Add YouTube intros, outros, and stickers

There’s no better way to start and finish a YouTube reaction video than with an intro or outro. Add a professional ready-to-use YouTube intro or outro to your reaction video. Just personalize the text, color scheme, and add your branding. You can even add on theme YouTube subscribe buttons and emojis to your video with our GIPHY stickers.

Are YouTube reactions fair use? Let’s take a look. 

If you’re reacting to another creator's video on YouTube, you may receive a copyright strike for publishing the video. When downloading and reacting to YouTube videos, always be sure to get permission from the owner. Uploading reaction videos to YouTube isn’t illegal, but the video may risk being taken down or demonetized. Make sure to correctly attribute the video you're reacting to in your video description box. Creators can dispute and appeal reaction video copyright strikes under the making claims section using YouTube’s Copyright Management tool.

Frequently asked questions

Can I share my YouTube reaction video on another social media platform?

Yes. You can edit the aspect ratio of your video to suit other social media platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook in the editor. Select from 16:9, 9:16, 1:1, 4:5, 2:3, and 21:9 aspect ratios.

Can I make a YouTube reaction video on my iPhone?

If you want to record, edit, and caption YouTube reaction videos on the go, check out Clipchamp's iOS app.

Can I add background music to a YouTube reaction video?

Yes. Add royalty-free audio to any YouTube reaction video with our free audio library. Just make sure to turn down the volume of your background music so it doesn’t overpower the video's original audio.

Edit YouTube reaction videos today

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